Posts by Chris Hegarty

Top 10 Vacation Reads From Travefy

Lincoln-based Travefy specializes in providing travel itineraries to travel professionals. The Travefy team are the experts on travel, so who better to ask about the potential top reads of summer? Silicon Prairie News talked with David Chait, Travefy’s CEO, and he graciously asked for book recommendations from their team. Here are their top ten books…

Read More

Zuckerburg-led philanthropic initiative invests in KC’s LEANLAB

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the primary philanthropic vehicle for Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, has made its first investment in Kansas City to improve public education. LEANLAB Education partners with communities and entrepreneurs in co-creating solutions to improve local education. LEANLAB Education will now partner with CZI to research the complex processes that schools undertake to…

Read More

Ames startup PollUp simplifies HR employee polls

According to Gallup, only 32.5 percent of employees are engaged at work. If an employee doesn’t feel like their concerns are taken seriously, they might start focusing more on updating LinkedIn and searching Indeed than their current job. Many employers use polling and surveys to gauge the mood of their employees, but they may only…

Read More

Igor efficiently powers buildings using ethernet

  When considering a physical location for a company, there’s more to think about than just the cost per square foot. Heating and cooling that space and even just keeping the lights on are big expenses to consider. The Johnston-based company Igor hopes to reduce operating costs for businesses by reducing their energy consumption using…

Read More

Higher Learning Technologies is putting textbooks into apps

Textbooks are big, expensive, and in some cases go out of date almost as fast as they’re published. The Coralville company Higher Learning Technologies is looking to make textbooks into more effective tools for education by converting them into mobile learning apps. How Higher Learning Technology works HLT’s Alec Whitters doesn’t seem like your typical…

Read More

FanFood offers a concession app for sports fans

No matter how riveting a game is or legendary a concert might be, there’s one thing that can pull fans out of the experience: waiting in concession lines. You could be stuck waiting for a hot dog when Alex Rodriguez hits a home run or missing out on a Bruce Springsteen song for want of…

Read More

Iowa startup Terva wants to be Zillow for farmland

When you’re looking to buy residential property, it’s easy to use a site like Zillow to find out almost everything you would want to know about a home. If you’re a farmer looking to expand your acreage, the process isn’t quite as simple. The Ames startup Terva is hoping to simplify the process and to…

Read More