Silicon Prairie News

November 8, 2013 by Megan Bannister

It's been a big week for Twitter—yesterday the company's initial public offering of stock opened trading on the New York Stock Exchange at $45 per share, raising 73 percent in the first day of trading. ... read more

November 6, 2013 by Fred Bauters

Kansas City Success is contagious in Kansas City right now. Knoda just announced it has secured seed funding from a local investor, topping off another pair of recent success. First,, the event discovery platform that recently began its national ... read more

6164_5a236268f7_small November 5, 2013 by Jeff Slobotski

New York City From December 16-18, SPN speaker manager Caleb Ulffers and I will head to New York City to host a meetup the evening of Tuesday, December 17, at Amity Hall. During our visit we also plan to line up several meetings with some of the city's entrepreneurs and investors. Our coming New York trip and SPN Meetup, as well as our other meetups we host throughout the country, are vital as we continue the conversation and work to build the emerging startup community right here in our own back yard ... read more

October 29, 2013 by Fred Bauters

Kansas City For those creative writers not quite ready for novel writing, RareWire has an outlet. The Kansas City startup's first completely in-house app, Spine, lets users write and publish micro-stories of up to five sentences... read more

October 25, 2013 by Megan Bannister

Lincoln Lincoln-based startup Hudl recently was one of 437 companies honored by Inc. Magazine's 2013 Hire Power Awards. The awards honor private-growth companies that have generated the highest number of jobs over the last three ... read more

October 25, 2013 by Fred Bauters

Kansas City Two Silicon Prairie startups have seen 275 others from around the United States get knocked out. Now Kansas City, Kan.-based EyeVerify and Lincoln, Neb.-based Travefy are part of the final eight startups that lasted for the "Get in ... read more

October 24, 2013 by Megan Bannister

In a recently published list, Inc. Magazine named a number of well-known startups as the "8 Silicon Prairie Startups Worth Watching." Des Moines' Dwolla, Lincoln-based Bulu Box and Kansas City's AgLocal all made the list... read more

6161_0a205b954c_small October 21, 2013 by Jeff Slobotski & Caleb Ulffers

Last week Dusty Davidson, Caleb Ulffers and I had the pleasure of visiting San Francisco and Los Angeles. The purpose of the trip, sponsored by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, was to connect to past speakers, ex-patriots, as well as friends and supporters of the Silicon Prairie community. We took the energy and message from the Silicon Prairie to each of the meetings and conversations ... read more

The polls are open!

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.