Silicon Prairie News

4622_37d837557c_small August 17, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City A Kansas City trio is embarking this weekend on an adventure that might best be described as Startup Weekend meets The Real World. Find out what happens … when people stop being polite … and start building a business. Sam Bao, Adam Coomes … read more

4541_3efe7569fc_small August 10, 2012 by Geoff Wood & Brittany Mascio

Des Moines With this year's Thinc Iowa conference expanding by a day to include two full days of speakers, we're excited to welcome more than a dozen nationally known speakers to the event stage. These individuals will share more than their background and expertise in startups, investing and mentoring. They'll also share meals, parties and an experience with you, the Thinc Iowa attendee. Let's first give a … read more

4577_606a94c1d4_small August 9, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City The usual M.O. for the IdeaMensch team this summer has been to run the spotlight as other entrepreneurs have served as stars of the show. But last week during a visit to the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, Mo., IdeaMensch founder Mario Schulzke took center stage for 45 minutes to tell the story his Los Angeles-based blog and events … read more

4554_afb2d5ee70_small August 8, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Omaha It's not uncommon for people of the entrepreneurial set to pepper conversations with well-worn phrases like "taking the leap" into entrepreneurial venture or viewing a business "from 30,000 feet." But at one Omaha company, those tired expressions have taken on new life. National Media Brands, a young business that makes products to help … read more

4572_cb6202c757_small August 8, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City Silicon Prairie News has occasionally chronicled the work of Kansas City, Mo. application developer Handmark and regularly reports on the exploits of Handmark's social media app spinoff, OneLouder. (In fact, we published a story on OneLouder's latest offering, Slices, just last week.) We've had less frequent opportunity to report on the man … read more

4549_40eb54e4fa_small August 2, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City For all the details that emerged last week during the Google Fiber announcement in Kansas City, Mo., one subject that received scant attention over the course of the hour-long presentation was Google's plan for making its ultra high-speed network available to businesses. Kevin Lo, the General Manager of Google Access, briefly addressed businesses between … read more

4551_e4ed1e8f1f_small August 2, 2012 by Sarah Binder

West Des Moines Amid a crowd of friends, fellow founders and startup enthusiasts of all stripes Wednesday night, Goodsmiths announced the arrival of its group buying option and milestone of $1 million in inventory. "Now we can finally say, hey, we're different than the others that are out there," co-founder Levi Rosol said in the startup's West Des Moines office. Group buying has been in Goodsmiths' DNA since its inception but it didn't become a reality … read more

4528_77e9c52c5e_small July 27, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City The high-tech haven where Google introduced the world to its latest pet project once housed hot yoga classes. The building across the parking lot, which will provide a place for curious Kansas Citians to check out Google's new line of tech tools, was previously a 24/7 fitness center. These unassuming spots in a converted shopping center are now the epicenter of … 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.