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Props in 2011: Silicon Prairie startups earn recognition around the web

January 6, 2012 by

A collage of some of the year’s headlines of articles giving recognition to Silicon Prairie startups.

Here are seven Silicon Prairie companies and entrepreneurs that earned mentioned on 2011 end-of-year lists:

SelectOut, a site founded by University of Nebraska–Lincoln student Calvin Pappas, was named No. 1 on The Kim Komando Show’s “Top 10 Cool Sites of 2011” list.

Dwolla, the online cash transfer startup based in Des Moines, and Zaarly, a social commerce site co-founded by Kansas Citian Bo Fishback, earned recognition on ReadWriteWeb’s “Top 10 Startups of 2011” list.

Zaarly was named to Business Insider’s “20 Best New Startups Of 2011” list, earned mention in CNET’s “Best startup ideas of 2011” article and was one of Practical eCommerce’s “Top 20 Mobile Productivity Apps of 2011“.

Dwolla was also recognized by Business Insider on a list titled “Investors Gone Wild: 13 Hot Startups That Created Funding Frenzies This Year” and was named by the Des Moines Business Record (twice) (three times)* in its year in review stories.

The Des Moines area startup community earned the No. 4 spot on the Des Moines Register’s “Top 10 business stories of 2011“, with mentions of Dwolla and StartupCity, an incubator that opened its doors in late 2011.

Nebraska Global, a software venture fund in Lincoln, Neb., was the No. 7 spot on the Lincoln Journal Star’s top 10 business stories of 2011 list.

BaconReader, an app to read Reddit created by OneLouder of Kansas City, was the No. 7 spot in Android Central’s post titled “Josh’s most-used apps of 2011“.

Looking ahead, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Drone Journalism Lab was linked in Make Magazine’s “Predictions For 2012” article.

Image credit: Screenshots from,, and

*Update at 11:45 a.m. – Added a third reference to Dwolla in the Des Moines Business Record.



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