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Prairie Portrait: Nate Fryzek of Presage Analytics

One thing Lincoln has that other Silicon Prairie cities don’t: The actual startup community people are fantastic here. They act as conduits and invest so much time into community activities. Some people in other communities have to hear the same names over and over and be like — "Who is Brian Ardinger?" "What is a Turbine Flats?" etc. Come visit us and find out. Email me ahead of time, though! Continue reading

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Weigh in on games, breaking news with embedded Knoda predictions

At this point, it’s no surprise that readers take to Facebook or Twitter to speculate about the latest breaking news of the day.

But now using Kansas City-based prediction software startup Knoda, readers can engage with news as it happens and share their predictions in real-time… Continue reading

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Lorentzen Hatchery students share progress at 1 Million Cups Des Moines

On a rainy Wednesday morning in Des Moines, entrepreneurs gathered, as they typically do, at Green Grounds Cafe in Valley Junction for 1 Million Cups. But instead of learning about an entrepreneur’s story about building their business, they got to hear four… Continue reading

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Web developer, systems admin, senior analyst and 44 more

Every week, Silicon Prairie News presents opportunities in the region’s tech, startup and creative community. From a contract job to a co-founder role, these positions are submitted by companies and gathered from public postings… Continue reading

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TelePharm raises $2.5M from John Pappajohn, Bruce Rastetter

The Des Moines Register reported Friday that Iowa City-based startup TelePharm received an investment of $2.5 million from noted Iowa entrepreneur John Pappajohn and state Board of Regents President Bruce Rastetter… Continue reading

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These are the 12 tools software dev shop Volano uses to get stuff done

(Guest post by Rod Smith) At Volano Solutions, we help our clients work smarter through our custom workflow software and consulting. These software systems become our clients’ competitive advantage. At any one time, we have 24-plus projects active in the shop and rely on a set of tools to manage the workload. We like to practice what we consult, so the software we use is a pragmatic mix of custom software, off-the-shelf packages and SaaS products… Continue reading

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Speaker Spotlight: Mike Johnston of

Mike Johnston is considered one of the most skilled drummers in the world. I know – that’s a big statement. But Mike began playing at the age of 5, receiving private lessons from drummers who have played for the likes of Journey, Eric Clapton, Chaka Khan and Johnny Cash. His band – Simon Says – was signed to a major record deal when he was only 21. Over the course of the next five years, he would tour the world and set the stage for a great career ahead. Continue reading

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How Hail Varsity persuaded investors to put $300K in print, online media

Ask almost anyone and they’d tell you print is dying.

But ask Aaron Babcock, founder of Hail Varsity, a startup media company covering the Huskers in Lincoln, and he’ll tell you another story… Continue reading

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Bangladeshi team tackling counterfeit drugs spends two weeks in GEW house

Last fall when Soumik Aswad applied for Global Entrepreneurship Week’s Startup Open, Kansas City was the last place he thought he’d end up.

But Aswad and his brother, Souvik, both Bangladeshi citizens, placed second in the global competition with their fledgling startup idea Panacea, a company focused on eliminating the counterfeit pharmaceutical problem plaguing their home country. Continue reading

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What happens if entrepreneurs run 1M miles together? KC is finding out

Earlier this year, John Coler noticed that many of the events and opportunities in the Kansas City area startup community revolved around caffeine in the morning and alcohol at night. So Coler and a few of Kansas City’s entrepreneurs came together to create 1 Million Miles… Continue reading

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