More exciting news for us here at Silicon Prairie News as we round out the year and prepare for 2011. We’re expanding our team of writers by four, bringing the team to 10 and upping our presence to five cities across the Silicon Prairie – from East to West, we now have writers in Cedar Falls and Des Moines, Iowa, Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska, and Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
With the exception of Steven Adams, a recent college graduate, each of our new writers is deeply involved in the Silicon Prairie community. And Adams is on his way as he began writing for us this past September. Adams’ latest story, “Halo Institute ‘relaunch’,” was published yesterday.
I’d like to take this opportunity to tell you a bit about each individual as well as the organizations they’re a part of full-time. As we continue to increase our coverage of the region’s entrepreneurial and startup landscape, we’re fortunate to be able to expand our team of writers with individuals who not only have their own businesses in our community, or are a part of one, but they genuinely want to write about others that inspire, excite and motivate them.
Without further ado, help me welcome our four new writers. You’ll see their contributions begin to appear in the coming weeks. (All photos courtesy of writers.)
Steven Adams – Omaha, Nebraska
Steven graduated from Creighton University in May 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. In addition to writing for us he writes freelance articles for NebraskaEntrepreneur.com. Steven was a reporter and news editor on Creighton’s student newspaper, the Creightonian. Earlier this year, he interned with Omaha-based alternative newsweekly The Reader.
Kate Ellingson – Lincoln, Nebraska
Kate is the marketing and media manager for the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce. Prior to joining the Chamber three years ago, she worked as a TV reporter and anchor at 10/11 News, the CBS affiliate in Lincoln. She also spent some time in a sales role at Lincoln-based National Research Corporation. Kate’s originally from Washington, a graduate Western Washington University, and has also lived and worked in Seattle and Los Angeles.
Dan Beenken – Cedar Falls, Iowa
Dan is the manager of Incubation Services at the University of Northern Iowa. Prior to UNI, Dan lived in Minneapolis for about eight years working for a VC/M&A firm and an investment bank. Dan earned his undergraduate degree from Iowa State University and during his time in Minneapolis, his MBA at the University of Minnesota. He and his wife own a home décor and antique shop in Waverly, Iowa called The Changing Season.
Levi Rosol – Des Moines, Iowa
Levi is a co-founder of ScoreYard, a Des Moines-based sports software startup, and also does IT consulting for various companies in central Iowa. When not plugging away at a keyboard, Levi helps organize tech events with organizations like the Iowa .Net User Group, Iowa Code Camp, Startup Weekend, and BarCamp. Levi is extremely passionate about helping build the entrepreneur community in the Silicon Prairie.
Please help us extend a warm welcome to our new writers in the comments below. And if you have a news pitch or lead for our new or current writers, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.