Silicon Prairie News

6698_0f3e9fc89e_small April 14, 2014 by Fred Bauters

Kansas City If money wasn’t an object, my next company would be… developing infrastructure for cheap, available Internet access worldwide. read more

6642_4c58bba0d7_small March 28, 2014 by Guest Contributor

Kansas City (Guest post by Jeff Rohr) Dickie V has it right. The passion to go out and get what you want, live your dream and know that you left it all on the floor is the only way to live for me. Watching the NCAA tournament, I can't help but identify so many similarities with startup life: teams carefully formed with complementing skill sets, learning the power of the team is greater than any single talent, having a common vision to be the best, trusting in the players around you and knowing that only hard work will propel you to the top ... read more

6593_bef6fc1af7_small March 21, 2014 by Guest Contributor

Lincoln (Guest post by Ben Pankonin) There's this common thought that startups develop out of a certain personal belief that the problem you are solving impacts you greatly and causes a deep emotional reaction engaging every fiber of your being to solve it. At least for me, I always thought that was the way it was supposed to work. I envisioned a love at first sight or in this case, a "startup at first sight" dream ... read more

March 19, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Iowa City Organizers announced Wednesday that, in an effort to foster entrepreneurship in Iowa, a statewide Dream Big Grow Here pitch-off will be held May 15 in conjunction with EntreFEST… read more

March 19, 2014 by Fred Bauters

St. Louis TopOPPS, the St. Louis-based startup intent on optimizing sales pipelines for companies, has received $700,000 in seed funding, including $250,000 from venture capital firm Cultivation Capital and the rest from its founder, Jim Eberlin, and private investors. ... read more

March 19, 2014 by Fred Bauters

Kansas City Think Big Partners on Tuesday announced Sarah Snyder as the newest partner at the company, which produces events and hosts an accelerator and co-working space. She started in 2010 as a volunteer and then come on full time first ... read more

6549_2b6cd6e276_small March 14, 2014 by Guest Contributor

Lincoln (Guest post by Eric Dinger) In every gig there are career days, work days and job days. Ever come home from work unfulfilled, defeated and crabby? That's because you had what I call a "job day." Do you sometimes have days worth of things that suck to do, but just need to get done? That's a "work day." Other days I bet you leave work energized by the opportunity to utilize your best talents in the pursuit of a worthwhile goal. That's a "career day." In a startup, the lack of structure means you get the opportunity to use as much ... read more

March 12, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Pack, the social network for your dog, doesn't have a full-fledged app just yet, but it's got the next best thing: "one minute of happiness when you need it." Snack by Pack is a bite-sized app that delivers some of Pack's best dog photos straight to your pocket once a day… read more

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