Silicon Prairie News

3200_16d48d8767_small November 22, 2011 by Patti Vannoy

Lincoln Educating people to enter the technology field is tough, given its notorious fast pace and constant changes. At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management, faculty, alumni and industry advisors and volunteers use a constantly evolving approach to make sure graduates are ready. … read more

3192_9493b7f0c7_small November 21, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City As we reported earlier this month, a couple of Kansas City-area technology initiatives have joined forces to form a new group that's taking a more regional approach to representing Kansas City's technology interests. That new group, called KCnext - The Technology Council of Greater Kansas City, is a fusion of the Software and Information Technology … read more

3190_86cea43c20_small November 17, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Des Moines Brian Hemesath wasn't far removed from the lecture halls of Iowa State University, where he graduated in 1999 with a computer engineering degree, when he took a chance by going to work for a telecom company, Raviant Networks, in 2000. " 'Give it a year,' " Hemesath recalls being told, " 'and you'll either be richer than hell or be out of a job.' "And it was a year and a week to the day that I was in … read more

3162_fa5782e948_small November 15, 2011 by Willis Jackson

Kansas City Entrepreneurs Unpluggd comes to the Silicon Prairie today with an event in Kansas City featuring a fantastic lineup of speakers. Behind Entrepreneurs Unpluggd, a Chicago-based blog and event production company, are co-founders Tim Jahn, who has been a regular at Big Omaha, and Stella Fayman … read more

3111_97af468ba7_small October 31, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Omaha Since Sojern brought him on board in April as its new CEO, Mark Rabe has been a man on the move. Rabe oversees Sojern, an Omaha-based travel advertising and data company, from an office in San Francisco, but he jokes that his travel schedule makes it feel like his "office is seat 10B" on an airplane. Earlier this month, shortly after Sojern unveiled its boarding Pass and just before the company announced the appointment of two new vice presidents, Rabe took time out of his travel-heavy schedule to visit with Silicon Prairie News. At the six-month mark of his tenure … read more

3028_b5f002b0e1_small October 18, 2011 by Michael Quinlan

Omaha Tom Miller thinks small. 40k small. That’s the size restriction called for by most ad agencies in online banner advertising today. “That’s what I take a lot of pride in, the ability to squeeze large amounts of visual information into teeny, tiny ad restrictions," Miller said. "That’s where I get a lot of my repeat business.” Miller is a freelance designer and Flash developer working out of What Cheer’s office space in the ever-evolving Mastercraft building … read more

2931_f0080808d4_small October 3, 2011 by Royce Haynes

Kansas City When doing business these days, it's all about mobility. Ask John Epperson of Ruxter how companies can make their business mobile, and he'll tell you it's simple: by using Ruxter 2.0. Ruxter aims to help businesses reach mobile customers and bring in new ones with the mobile web — QR codes, text messaging, mobile coupons and advertising. In my experience, there are two cool, useful features that make Ruxter worth using: easy setup and invitation process. I had an opportunity to demo Ruxter … read more

2923_cc82f67cd6_small September 28, 2011 by Timothy Meinch

Cascade For Singly creator Jeremie Miller, a typical weekday may consist of a 7 a.m. jog through downtown San Francisco before meeting with a Silicon Valley CEO, researching the latest social media tools on the web, brainstorming with business partners at the Singly headquarters and cranking out several hours of computer code. Pretty impressive for a big-city commuter who sill calls eastern Iowa home. … read more

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Winners will be announced live on stage at
our August 30 event.