About SPN

What we do

Our mission is to raise the visibility of tech startups in the silicon prairie region in order to connect entrepreneurs to entrepreneurs and to connect great talent with great companies.

We aim to tell the best startup stories in the world with creativity and intelligence. We have a growing online community of entrepreneurs, investors, tech talent, and startup supporters who believe in the silicon prairie.

If you’d like to be a part of the movement, please sign up for our newsletter.

Where we cover

We cover Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri. Our primary focus is the Omaha-Kansas City-Des Moines triangle and surrounding communities.


Nebraska – Omaha, Lincoln

Kansas – Wichita, Overland Park, Topeka, Olathe, Lawrence

Iowa – Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City

Missouri – Kansas City, St. Louis, Columbia

Who we are

Our people are passionate about the silicon prairie region. They are gifted storytellers across a variety of media. We are interested in working on a freelance and contract basis with writers, photographers, designers and videographers in the region.

If you are interested in working with us, please visit our Submit page.

How we started

In January 2008 Jeff Slobotski began documenting his travel to creative communities across the US on his blog, Midwest to Manhattan. In July 2008 he joined up with Dusty Davidson, and they launched Silicon Prairie News to highlight entrepreneurs and creatives in their own backyard.

Since its founding Silicon Prairie News has been recognized by CNN, New York Times, TIME, The Atlantic, Inc., Fast Company, The Next Web, and Seth Godin.

In 2009 Silicon Prairie News launched Big Omaha, an annual conference that brings together founders, investors, and entrepreneurial leaders from across the nation.

In 2015 AIM acquired Silicon Prairie News and the Big events. AIM is a not-for-profit community organization that promotes technology to empower people, enhance organizations, and create brilliant communities.