Silicon Prairie News

6763_1f78fae4e3_small May 10, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Des Moines I do what I do because… remote working sucks and I want to make it just as good (or better!) than in an office setting.  read more

6760_134ee0561f_small May 3, 2014 by Guest Contributor

Lincoln Entrepreneur I most want to grab a drink with: Probably Bill Gates. I think it’s pretty amazing that he’s already changed the world once through technology, and now he’s making it even better with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Plus, I love Seattle, so I’d be totally OK with meeting him there. read more

6789_a4899e6d95_small May 2, 2014 by Guest Contributor

Omaha (Guest post by Bill Goedken) Crazy. Insane. Out of my mind. That's what I was called when I came out of retirement to start yet another company. So why do I feel so lucky? Quick background: I founded an Omaha-based software and service company called Profitstar in the '80s. My team and I built up a worldwide clientele. Over time we went from No. 48 to No. 1 in our market, and our clients loved us. As the saying goes, life was good. Then I faced one of the major decisions every entrepreneur faces: when to move on.  read more

6670_2ffb81f98b_small April 29, 2014 by Sponsor Author

West Des Moines Nestled on the top floor of a nondescript office building in West Des Moines, the team at Shift has made the most of their shared space with agency Performance Marketing. When Shift moved in last August, the space was your typical, drab office space—fluorescent overhead lighting and beige walls. But now, thanks to the DIY talents of Shift's eight team members, the office space feel like home ... read more

6761_88e3eeed9a_small April 26, 2014 by Guest Contributor

Lincoln 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

6719_c10484f932_small April 25, 2014 by Guest Contributor

Lincoln (Guest post by Adi Kunalic) "People are not your most important asset. The right people are." — Jim Collins, “Good to Great” As a young entrepreneur in the Midwest, I’ve been fortunate enough to be a part of two startups, Hurrdat and opendorse. At Hurrdat, we’ve grown from two founders with a crazy idea to 15 employees in just under four years. How did we do this? I’ll say it’s a combination of trial and error, mixed with a little bit of luck… read more

6723_7ecbf8ea8c_small April 18, 2014 by Guest Contributor

Omaha (Guest post by Ryan White) Just about a year ago, my dad and I found out we were accepted into the Straight Shot accelerator. Things got real for HuntForce, real fast. We debuted our trail camera photo software in front of hundreds last October. And then the real work began. While we still had the support and help of Straight Shot, Aviture, GoodTwin, Dundee Venture Capital and Treetop Ventures, we were calling the shots and ... read more

6713_15694e5c11_small April 17, 2014 by Sponsor Author

Omaha In 1916, Ford built a factory in North Omaha to manufacture Model T cars. Over the next century, it's had a history that includes a 50-year run as the Tip Top factory—the maker of hair curlers and bobby pins—then a tire warehouse until someone bought the building to repurpose it… read more

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