Silicon Prairie News is a digital media company dedicated to highlighting and supporting entrepreneurs, creatives and investors through an emerging model for grassroots entrepreneurial ecosystem development in and around Omaha, Des Moines and Kansas City. Founded in 2008, SPN also produces events, such as the The Big Series (Big Omaha and Big Kansas City), the Silicon Prairie Awards and the Startup Job Crawl.
With a primary focus on software startups, we publish daily news about the individuals, companies and culture that make up the Silicon Prairie. With the goal of connecting, educating and inspiring individuals, we produce regular events and we have a hand in planning many more throughout the year.
Our work has received recognition from CNN, New York Times, TIME, The Atlantic, Inc., Fast Company, The Next Web, Seth Godin and more. We have been invited to participate in conferences like TechWeek Chicago, South by Southwest Interactive and Online News Association. We have a content syndication partnership with the Omaha World-Herald.
Although you may know us best for our news site, siliconprairienews.com, or our annual events, such as Big Omaha, we put in countless hours behind the scenes to build this region into a hub known for entrepreneurship and innovation. We’re inspired by the passionate individuals that surround us, and when it comes to building and strengthening this community, you’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone with more passion than the people behind Silicon Prairie News.
- Big Omaha (May)
- Silicon Prairie Awards (August)
- Big Kansas City (October)
- Startup Job Crawl (November)
Other facts you should know:
- Originated from Jeff Slobotski’s personal blog, Midwest to Manhattan, that began in January 2008
- Founded and headquartered in Omaha, with offices in Des Moines and Kansas City
- Eight full-time employees and about a dozen contributors
In January 2008, Jeff Slobotski began documenting his travel to other creative communities across the U.S. on his blog, Midwest to Manhattan. It wasn’t long before his focus turned to his home state of Nebraska and the amazing talent he knew was in his own backyard. Joining up with Dusty Davidson of BrightMix in July 2008, the two launched Silicon Prairie News to highlight entrepreneurs and creatives in their own backyards.