Silicon Prairie News

4760_a490db83a6_small September 21, 2012 by Michael Stacy

… and, yes, we got a good chuckle out of it, just as many other Prairie people seem to have. As "The Office" opened its ninth and final season last night, viewers of the sitcom were brought up to speed with a rundown of how the show's characters spent their summers. As you can see in the video above (cued up to about 30 seconds before the Silicon Prairie mention), Ryan Howard …  read more

4740_b17bec9325_small September 17, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Des Moines The second Iowa Startup Fair concludes Tuesday with the Innovation Expo in Coralville. That daylong event will cap off an 11-day, statewide effort to connect Iowa's startup community with the state's broader business community. A big piece of that effort took place last Tuesday at StartupCity Des Moines and Dwolla headquarters. There, 33 startups … read more

4726_e388bc354d_small September 13, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Mission Woods On the heels of last week's news that his company raised a $9.1 million round led by Union Square Ventures, Pollenware CEO Sandy Kemper sat down with Bloomberg TV for an interview that aired Wednesday. During the course of a three-minute clip from that interview, Kemper touched on topics that include the USV funding, the genesis of Pollenware and the … read more

4696_e3cca5173e_small September 6, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha At the midway point of his keynote speech at the Silicon Prairie Awards on Aug. 30, TechStars founder and CEO David Cohen got the crowd inside the Joslyn Art Museum's Witherspoon Concert Hall involved. "If you love it (in the Midwest) … stand up," Cohen said. "If you don't think you're going to be (in the Midwest) in 20 years … sit down." Cohen then asked those who are not active entrepreneurs to sit down. He followed with another … read more

4687_9a2ac3a62c_small September 5, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha If you missed our inaugural Silicon Prairie Awards event last week, here's your chance to watch the 12 "golden Analogs" handed out to companies and individuals for their business achievements and community contributions over the past year. The two videos below – each showcasing six awards – contain presenters describing award criteria, providing overviews of finalists and announcing winners. The videos also feature the 12 winners' … read more

4674_5c758d883c_small August 30, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Omaha Not able to join us at The Joslyn tonight for the inaugural Silicon Prairie Awards? Not a problem. You can still indulge in plenty of Awards fun from afar. We're streaming three hours of tonight's event live for your enjoyment. Coverage kicks off at 6 p.m. with our resident Joan Rivers — um, me — interviewing Awards guests from the orange carpet. At 7, the awards show and community celebration gets under way. That portion of the night will feature brief remarks from the Silicon Prairie News team and the … read more

4611_7de363c1d0_small August 22, 2012 by Sarah Binder

Omaha Ever wished you had a directory of all the startups in your city? All the investors who were interested in technology? Or just the right person to join your team? Startup Genome, an effort by Shane Reiser of Omaha (far left) and Dave Lerner of New York (near left), aims to put all that information on a map, for every startup hub in the world. Of course, this isn't a new idea. … read more

4607_b7310603c7_small August 20, 2012 by Sarah Binder

Des Moines Jeffrey Short, a recent University of Northern Iowa graduate and the founder of Vookbag, is hoping students add his software to their back-to-school checklists. About a dozen professors at UNI, Iowa State, Drake University and a couple of community colleges will begin using the web-based program with … 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.