Silicon Prairie News

1036_1af6d69de8_small July 4, 2010 by Geoff Wood

Niall Harbison is a Dublin, Ireland-based entrepreneur that I've followed for the past few years. I first found him through his video blog,,* where he published short videos with his opinions on social media and entrepreneurship. He dropped out of school at age 16 to become a professional chef and he traveled the world cooking on Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen's yacht for several years. He's since turned his talents to technology entrepreneurship, co-founding both… read more

1047_cef14c9dfa_small July 2, 2010 by Jeff Slobotski

Omaha At Big Omaha this past May, charity: water founder Scott Harrison (left) told his story to a packed house of 500 attendees. Needless to say, he inspired us all. Without any further waiting, we're overwhelmingly excited to announce the results of the Big Omaha charity: water Campaign which we launched on March 29, six weeks before Big Omaha. When we set out to raise enough money for one well, $5,000… read more

1044_356d887cf9_small July 2, 2010 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha Mentioned this week: * Filming on location at Scooter's Coffeehouse at 16th &Dodge * Omaha Venture Group * Opportunities on the Prairie * Stacking Up: The Hayneedle Series – Jason Goldberger story * Scriptito * Interview with Scott Belsky of Behance * TEDxDesMoines videos * World Tri kicked off read more

1032_945e51c1c8_small July 1, 2010 by Andrea Ciurej

Omaha Before landing roles in the e-commerce world, Jason Goldberger pursued a bachelor’s degree in government at a liberal arts college with no intention of ever landing a role in the political system. “It was just something I did,” said Goldberger, who graduated from Colby College in Waterville, Maine. “I always assumed I would get a job in business and I really didn’t know what that was.” His uncertainly eventually led him to the retail business, where he served as a buyer for the television network… read more

1035_8008834126_small June 30, 2010 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha If you want to write and publish short entries about your life or a particular subject you turn to Wordpress. If you want to create documents and implement real-time collaboration you look to Google docs. But where… read more

1027_80495d763d_small June 28, 2010 by Dusty Davidson

Omaha Late last week, Omaha-based startup Sojern, an online and printed advertising platform reaching airline travelers, released its fourth iPhone app, Airport Remote. The $3.99 app allows you to view departure and arrival information for flights at airports across the country. If you've ever found yourself looking for the bank of screens in the airport to check flight status or gate information, look no more. From the press release: The first iPhone application that monitors over 100 airports in the U.S. and around the world. Travelers can get flight status, gate details and baggage information… read more

1019_848c67e81e_small June 28, 2010 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines Highlights from last month's inaugural TEDxDesMoines event are available online. TEDx is a local series of talks that mirrors the format and branding of the larger TED event in California. TEDx events are held across the globe and Des Moines' iteration took place on May 16 at the State of Iowa Historical Building. Mike Draper (left), founder of… read more

1026_a7c8f072e6_small June 27, 2010 by Jeff Slobotski

Omaha This week's video comes from the's The Founders series. Titled Be Fearless. Today., this episode features an outstanding cast of characters, including Matt Van Horn (left), business development at Digg, Alex Bogusky, founding partner at Crispin Porter + Bogusky, and a mix of current and previous graduates of TechStars… read more

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