Silicon Prairie News

4934_afffc3fcb2_small October 25, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Des Moines Steve Case, the co-founder and former CEO of AOL and current chairman of the Startup America Partnership, spoke Oct. 10 at Thinc Iowa 2012 about where his entrepreneurial journey has taken him and how he hopes the U.S. will continue to nurture entrepreneurs. "As a nation, it's important that we double down on entrepreneurship and make sure that we have the right policies in place," Case said. After … read more

4932_b22c99376f_small October 25, 2012 by Michael Stacy

San Francisco MindMixer, an Omaha startup that makes a web-based platform for community engagement, is in the homestretch of the inaugural Code for America Accelerator, which concludes with a Demo Day on Tuesday in San Francisco. The accelerator, run by San Francisco-based nonprofit Code for America, is a four-month program designed to give tech-based … read more

4924_e95c85cc8b_small October 24, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Des Moines Thinc Iowa 2012 emcee Antonio Neves took the stage Oct. 10 to prepare our 400-plus attendees for two days of presentations packed with inspiration, motivation and education. Like Neves, this post is here to prepare you for the Thinc Iowa 2012 Video Series that starts tomorrow. This three-week series presents one speaker video per day. Thinc Iowa featured a diverse mix of speakers, from the co-founder of one the nation's most storied internet startups … read more

4922_51dc1ec391_small October 24, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City Brad Feld spoke earlier this month at Thinc Iowa, and we will release full video from Feld's talk sometime next week. But for those who didn't catch the former and can't wait to see the latter, we have something to hold you over, courtesy of the Kansas City, Mo.-based Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and its signature Sketchbook Series. Feld, a … read more

4840_dbcae7aeda_small October 23, 2012 by Chris Wolfgang

Omaha “It was just a great idea that had to happen,” Patrick Kwete, a University of Nebrsaka at Omaha bioinformatics student, said of his brainwave of January 2011. Expat Care, a software system designed to facilitate easier communication about treatment results between doctors across the globe, was incorporated last summer. While talking with doctors and med students at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Kwete heard repeatedly that the issue of personalized health care is complex. Individual case studies … read more

4902_89632529a8_small October 18, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Lincoln TEDxLincoln, an independently organized TED event exploring the theme "Wide Horizons, Open Minds," is taking place today at NET studios in Lincoln, and a live stream of the event is available courtesy of NET. Although we're a bit belated in publishing this post, there's still a full afternoon of talks on tap, starting at 1 p.m. Check out the speaker slate below … read more

4897_be441d1b5c_small October 17, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City Among many of the major innovations that characterize modern life — cars, computers and air conditioning, for instance — Robert Litan sees a common thread. "They were all introduced in the marketplace by an entrepreneur, by a new firm," Litan says. "We need an economy that generates these new firms.” In a video released last month — one of several … read more

4892_51c84bb96d_small October 16, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Des Moines As SmartyPig approached its fifth birthday, company brass took a hard look at what the Des Moines-based startup had become. There was, without question, plenty to celebrate for the goal-based, social savings company. "We had this really great, kick-ass brand," said Michael Ferrari, who co-founded the company in 2007. "We had global industry recognition. … read more

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