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Sprint Accelerator powered by Techstars wants more regional startups

By SPN Team / October 14, 2015

The Kansas City accelerator hopes its wider scope will attract more Silicon Prairie startups beyond Kansas City. In 2016 the Kansas City Sprint Accelerator powered by Techstars will be expanding its niche from mobile health to mobile. But it doesn’t end there. “Not only are we looking for any startups with a strong mobile component, we’re also open…

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7 reasons why you should pay attention to Lincoln

By SPN Team / September 30, 2015

During the recession Lincoln topped lists for the lowest unemployment in the nation. Now Lincoln is drawing attention again—as Exhibit A for the promise of the Silicon Prairie. In March of this year, NPR ran a story on the Silicon Prairie, featuring Lincoln, Nebraska, “a surprisingly strong tech startup community.” This month Bloomberg Business ran another…

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7 roles your early stage board should be playing

By SPN Newsroom / September 15, 2015

I often get asked about the role of a board of directors by both entrepreneurs and angels. I believe good boards can significantly and positively impact the growth of an early stage company. The responsibility for that growth falls not just on the CEO and management team but the board as well.  In addition, the board…

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Jeff Slobotski joins Wave Interactive

By SPN Team / September 14, 2015

Wave Interactive, a multi-disciplinary brand strategy firm based in Omaha, has announced the hire of Jeff Slobotski as Vice President of Business Development. Jeff Slobotski is the co-founder of Silicon Prairie News and Router Ventures, a consultancy and angel investment fund. Slobotski will continue work on Router Ventures in addition to his new role. “I’ve spent…

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Pipeline announces their 10th year anniversary with a new module in Ireland

By SPN Team / September 14, 2015

For almost a decade now Pipeline has supported some of the most successful entrepreneurs in the region. At its St. Louis module last week Pipeline announced they are accepting applications for their 10th class, which will include a module in Ireland next September. Over the last nine years Pipeline has gained a reputation for being the premiere…

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KC startup scene attracts Warby Parker to open its first Kansas City store

By SPN Team / September 10, 2015

Stepping into a Warby Parker store is like entering a modern version of a 1960’s style library. But instead of wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling shelves of books, they are eye-wear frames. The dark walnut shelves, the kitschy wall-paper, the brass library lamps and books accompanying the glasses, the mid-century library design of the reference desk sign…

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Yahoo’s Jeff Bonforte talks failure, unicorns and the Silicon Prairie

By SPN Team / August 25, 2015

Jeff Bonforte is the Senior Vice President of Communication Products at Yahoo. A serial entrepreneur, Bonforte has founded or led several startups including i-drive, Gizmo5, and Xobni, which Yahoo acquired in 2013. He is an active angel investor and a product development veteran on both the startup and corporate side. SPN sat down with Bonforte…

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Does your member of Congress know your startup exists?

By Rod Armstrong / August 24, 2015

SPN has periodically published stories about state and local public policy as it relates to entrepreneurs and startups. But what about the federal government, particularly Congress? Rob Placek is the Manager of Government Relations & Policy for PD Frazer Associates in Washington, D.C. He’s also a native of Alliance, Nebraska, a graduate of Creighton University and former…

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