Silicon Prairie News

4837_531a65973d_small October 9, 2012 by Christopher New

Des Moines A group of citizens braved chilly October weather on Saturday to meet on the Locust Street bridge in downtown Des Moines for the Iowa Internet Uncaucus, a part of the nine-city Internet 2012 Bus Tour created by reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian and general manager Erik Martin. Participants viewed 13 soapbox presentations by members of the community advocating changes that ranged from greater participation in local elections to water … read more

4848_55edd1d749_small October 8, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City After stops in Lincoln, Des Moines and Iowa City the last three nights, the Internet 2012 Bus Tour makes its fourth and final Silicon Prairie stop tonight, visiting the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, Mo. for a panel on entrepreneurship. For those who can't make it to tonight's event, the Kauffman Foundation is providing a live stream … read more

4835_2f20ae51b9_small October 6, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Des Moines reddit's Internet 2012 Bus Tour, an effort to promote the Open Internet with a campaign-style road trip through the heart of the country, continues its surge across the Silicon Prairie tonight with a stop in Des Moines for the inaugural Iowa Internet Uncaucus. Tonight's event, billed as "a caucus just for us" featuring "bipartisan ideas, loyal Iowans, and a form … read more

4821_967e6cd507_small October 4, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha SkyVu Entertainment today announced it has signed a development deal with Wildbrain Entertainment to bring the characters of its popular mobile game franchise Battle Bears to the small screen. Wildbrain, a DHX Media Ltd. Company behind shows that air on Nickelodeon, Disney and HBO, is licensing the Battle Bears brand to develop a TV series and consumer products line. The series, according to SkyVu founder and CEO Ben Vu … read more

4785_64ba0734d4_small September 26, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha After the winner of the fourth Startup Weekend Omaha was named Sunday, event judge Mark Crawford, CEO of Invest Nebraska, called the eigtht ideas pitched "extremely diverse." "It wasn't all software," event judge Bart Dillashaw, an attorney and the president of the Nebraska Angels, said. "You had some hardware and stuff that was like games." On Monday … read more

4769_49c9b2f1a6_small September 22, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

The co-founders of Omaha-based eCreamery appeared Friday on ABC's Shark Tank, pitching the five "sharks" for a $250,000 investment in exchange for 33 percent of their company. "Who doesn't love ice cream?" Abby Jordan opened the pitch. "However, no one in the $23 billion ice cream industry is positioning ice cream as a gift." Ecreamery, an online custom ice cream and gelato shop, plans … read more

4767_0c9e857833_small September 22, 2012 by Jeff Slobotski

We're thrilled to have investor, entrepreneur and author Brad Feld join us in Des Moines in a little more than two weeks to present at Thinc Iowa 2011, our conference on innovation and entrepreneurship. Brad's work in Boulder, Colo. has served as a model for what we've been building within the Silicon Prairie News community since 2008. In looking to a city like Boulder, one that has not only branded … read more

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

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