Silicon Prairie News

6397_d35c7f476b_small March 8, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Kansas City I do what I do because… it is so satisfying to take an idea and bring it to reality. I knew I wanted to be a developer before I was even in high school. One of my older brothers was taking a programming class and showed me some of his homework. I was fascinated at how he could control what the computer was doing. I was instantly hooked. read more

March 7, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Austin Des Moines startup Bawte gained some national recognition Friday when co-founder John Jackovin took second place in the ReleaseIT at SXSW pitch competition. “It’s always a good idea to pitch ... read more

6526_3db817b14f_small March 7, 2014 by Fred Bauters

Kansas City Built in 1939, DivvyHQ's office building in Westport has seen a lot of life in its 75 years. What used to be Westport Fire Station 19 became office space and, once Broadway Roasting Company bought it in 2007, partially a roastery and coffee shop. Fortunately, all that history didn't die. The fire poles are still in tact and remodeling work put in by an architecture firm that was a previous tenant gets put to use… read more

6561_d4801ac8e1_small March 7, 2014 by Guest Contributor

Iowa City (Guest post by Roby Miller) Startups are hard work, and most startups fail. Some people compare startups to rollercoasters because of the highs and lows you will inevitably experience. I can tell you firsthand that the lows will keep you from sleeping and the highs will keep you working through the night. Either way, you won't get enough sleep… read more

March 5, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Omaha Two Nebraska accelerators, NMotion in Lincoln and Straight Shot in Omaha, have application deadlines looming. Applications for NMotion, a 14-week summer program with an emphasis on high-growth software and technology-based startups in agriculture, healthcare, education… read more

March 5, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Kansas City Earlier this week, Digital Sandbox KC announced it has helped 19 early-stage tech startups raise roughly $7 million in follow-on funding, surpassing its investment goal six months earlier than planned. Digital Sandbox was originally funded through $1 ... read more

6531_fc00e5f4b7_small March 1, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Des Moines Entrance song if I was a wrestler: This is one of the hardest questions I’ve ever been asked. I could definitely have new one for every match, but let’s start serious with Johnny Cash's "God’s Gonna Cut You Down." read more

6521_fab61d0e1c_small February 26, 2014 by Guest Contributor

Kansas City (Guest post by Matt Angell) Kirk Hasenzahl and I started RareWire in 2010 with a mission of simplifying and improving the app creation process. We developed a simple language that makes it easy for designers, web developers and front-end programmers to build truly native mobile apps. In the past three and a half years, we have built hundreds of apps and developed a robust engine that produces native iOS and Android apps. But it all started when Kirk and I met ... read more

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