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Day: December 10, 2012

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Garmin co-founder shares three keys to startup success

By SPN Team / December 10, 2012

Garmin co-founder Min Kao points to an early decision to provide insurance and other benefits to employees as one that helped his company build a strong corporate culture.

“Even when advisors said ‘no, don’t do that til you’re successful,’ but we did,” Kao (left) told the Kansas City Star in what the outlet called a rare interview.

Kao, along with Gary Burrell, started Garmin in 1989. Today, the …

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A look at the story behind the New York Times Silicon Prairie story

By SPN Team / December 10, 2012

Over the four years that I’ve written for Silicon Prairie News, I haven’t seen an article on Omaha, Des Moines and Kansas City’s startup scene receive as much buzz and attention as the recent New York Times story, “Tech Start-Ups Find a Home on the Prairie.” Tweet after tweet, Facebook like after Facebook like and email after email, readers shared the story far and wide.

On Nov. 21, the day The Times published the piece online, it made …

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Events: Iowa Tech Chicks, RecBob Launch, 1 Million Cups and more

By SPN Team / December 10, 2012

Every Monday, look for our events post to keep you in the loop on the goings-on of the week. From meetups and conferences to workshops and pitch sessions, if it’s happening in the Silicon Prairie, you’ll find it here.

For more, visit our events page for a calendar of upcoming events from us and others in the region. (Left: RecBob celebrates its launch with a party Wednesday in Hiawatha, Iowa.) …

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