Silicon Prairie News

7010_6f548d4c43_small July 12, 2014 by Guest Contributor

Omaha (Guest post by Ryan Downs) A strong culture is arguably the most important element for a business to have sustained success. Scaling a business is not easy. The demands on employees are heavy. There are surprises and setbacks along the way. Things don’t always go as planned.  read more

7021_f89a3683d8_small July 5, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Omaha Prairie Portraits is a weekly set of questions intended to help the community get to know someone from the Silicon Prairie startup scene a little bit better. Prairie Portraits feature a fixed set of questions ranging from career background ... read more

7031_8bf4344ab3_small July 3, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Omaha On July 6, Omaha, Lincoln and Sioux Falls residents will be unleashed on a respective citywide scavenger hunt for local vinyl music. Their only ally? A series of hints on the Internet. Unfound Sounds is one of Michael Todd's Omaha Code School projects, one he created with Ruby and jQuery. "I needed to build a blog for class, but wanted to build something with a little more creativity and longevity," Todd said. "Hopefully it builds community, too, but I think it's just for fun." read more

July 3, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Des Moines In April, the Technology Association of Iowa's president Leann Jacobsen announced she would be stepping down come the end of August. Now the organization, which has only ever seen one president, has begun the search for Jacobsen's replacement… read more

6962_a3424fd19b_small July 3, 2014 by Guest Contributor

Lincoln (Guest post by David Graff) "As the company grows, this change can be hard for some of your early associates. The company that person first signed up for may not the company they work for now and may not be the type of company they want to work for. As a result, you’ll lose people who don’t want to make this transition, and that’s okay. The important thing is to be honest and recognize this as early as possible. Then, don’t make it an awkward exit." read more

7004_bf3d537e1f_small June 28, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Lincoln Something most people don’t know about me: I’ve face painted for seven years. I still do it occasionally and I still love it. The best part is when you see a kid absolutely glowing after transforming their dreams of being Spider-Man into a reality. read more

7008_fd73e746a9_small June 27, 2014 by Guest Contributor

Omaha (Guest post by Luis Lopez) I’ve lived in a few countries, but the one that has marked my entrepreneurial spirit the most is Belize. At age seven, along with my family, I relocated to Belize for four years of missionary work in some of the poorest areas of the country, aiding the less fortunate with food, housing, education and healthcare.… read more

6978_0bfa84434e_small June 21, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Iowa City One thing Iowa City has that other Silicon Prairie cities don’t: World class literature, progressive thinking about ecology, an enclave of highly educated artists of all kinds, great bike trails and the Hawkeyes. Oh, plus great events like the Iowa Soul Festival and Creative Week. Other than all of that, nothing. We’re just another tasty slice of the Heartland.  read more

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Through August 22, help us decide the winners of our inaugural Silicon Prairie Awards, which will recognize 12 companies and individuals. You can vote once per day per category.
Winners will be announced live on stage at
our August 30 event.