Silicon Prairie News

2907_a8d839e74e_small September 23, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Omaha Jeff Raikes' professed allegiance to Nebraska is more than just lip service. As Raikes, a native Nebraskan who lives in Washington, delivered a keynote in La Vista last Friday, the day before the University of Nebraska and University of Washington were set to face off in football, he assured the crowd that he's a Husker fan through and through. … read more

2892_ec67410598_small September 21, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Omaha Jeff Raikes resides in Seattle and has spent three-plus decades on the West Coast, but take some time to pick Raikes' brain and you'll find he's still a Nebraska boy in many ways. Raikes, formerly a manager at Apple Computer and senior executive at Microsoft is now the CEO of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and, as of 2008 is the namesake … read more

2766_7e05f8e120_small August 25, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Iowa City After years of nurturing two companies and overseeing both as they grew side by side, Josh Cramer decided it was best for both of his babies to bid adieu to one. Cramer, 35, the founder of Iowa City-based shops Cramer Dev and Cramer IT, recently sold Cramer IT to focus on Cramer Dev, a decision he explained in a recent blog post. Cramer IT closed its sale to Circle Computer Resources, which is based in Cedar Rapids, on July 1. CCR retained Cramer IT's entire team and its office space. Cramer sold his entire stake in the company but is currently assisting in a transitional period, which he said has unfolded without any major hiccups. … read more

2686_c7b905a3e7_small August 22, 2011 by Brittany Mascio

Des Moines Between piano lessons, Mandarin classes and chess camp, 9-year-old Emma Renaud found time this summer to ask a follow-up question to the childhood curiosity of where babies come from. "My mom was putting away some baby bibs, and I asked how new parents got the essentials they needed for their baby," Emma said in a Skype interview last week. "She said if they are lucky, they have family to help them, or they have to go get it for themselves." It was this conversation that sparked Emma's inner entrepreneur. With the help of Emma's father … read more

2569_e03af9d33b_small August 17, 2011 by Willis Jackson

Wichita A Kansas company backed by Nebraska money is looking to make its mark in an industry most prominent in places like Southern California, the Pacific Northwest … read more

2709_d44a6f071b_small August 15, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Des Moines In case you didn't catch wind of it through our announcement last week or via the Facebook event page, let this serve as a friendly reminder that Chris Pirillo is stopping by Amici Espresso (206 6th Ave.) for a meetup tonight from 5:30-8:30. Pirillo, the Des Moines-born founder of the Lockergnome blogging network and the Gnomedex conference, now lives in Seattle but has made time for get-togethers with tech enthusiasts in his hometown on trips back to Iowa over the years. For Gnomedex, which Pirillo started in 2001 and organized for the 10th time last year, change is coming. … read more

2678_bf55532229_small August 10, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Ames To categorize Sam Schill’s immersion into the world of tech startups using the lexicon of that land, the Ames businessman has quickly gone from just checking in to becoming a veritable super mayor. A little more than a year removed from making his first foray into the landscape of tech entrepreneurship — when he helped his firm, Sigler Companies, forge a relationship with Foursquare — Schill can’t seem to shake the startup scene, whether it’s in his role at Sigler or with his nascent side project … read more

2567_fe53c92108_small July 19, 2011 by Brittany Mascio

Omaha Steven Michael Kelly has quite the sweet tooth for innovation. And rightfully so. He's the master chef behind The Educated Baker, a for-profit bakery with a social mission. And ironically enough, he is the mastermind of the iDROP, an iPhone application for diabetes management. The Educated Baker, Kelly's primary project, is a for-profit wholesale bakery that specializes in producing frozen cookies and scones, operating under what he calls … read more

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