Silicon Prairie News

Guests

Guests 0

What’s it like to pitch Shark Tank producers? Iowa entrepreneurs share

July 22, 2014 by

Last week ABC reality show "Shark Tank" hosted an open casting call in Des Moines and more than 100 entrepreneurs and inventors turned out for an opportunity to swim with the sharks. It's still too soon to say if any of the companies that pitched last Monday will make it on to the show's taping. But in the meantime, we asked a couple Iowa entrepreneurs who came out for the event to tell us, in their own words, about the experience and what they learned from pitching the producers of "Shark Tank."  read more

Guests 0

OCS Blog: No more homework or projects, it’s time to find where we fit

May 19, 2014 by

(Guest post by Andy von Dohren) The last two weeks have been a lot of work. I'm not talking about project work, which can actually be a lot of fun. I'm talking about mock interviews, resume writing, portfolio building and documentation writing work. Omaha Code School has done a lot for us over the last 12 weeks. They've taught us, helped us overcome difficult problems and provided mentors for us to learn from. But at no point have they been more helpful than the last two weeks. Lately we have been working on getting all our work ready to show to potential employers.  read more

Guests 0

EntreFEST arrives on Wednesday: 5 things to know before it begins

May 13, 2014 by

(Guest post by Amanda Styron, co-founder and CEO of Seed Here Studio and one of the organizers behind EntreFEST.) EntreFEST is a celebration of those who make Iowa awesome: the entrepreneurs creating the future prosperity, vibrancy, companies and communities of our state. Part summit, part festival and part resource hub, there’s a lot happening at EntreFEST 2014 in three short days. If you haven’t yet, register online.  read more

Guests 0

OCS Blog: Working with a client is a powerful thing

May 5, 2014 by

(Guest post by Andy von Dohren) Having a client is a powerful thing. We started on a group project last week for SMAC! Sock Monkeys Against Cancer, a local organization that makes sock monkeys for cancer patients. Their founder, Jen Windrum, went through a devastating lung cancer case with her mother, who sadly passed away last year. Her mother lived 2,000 miles away, and she wanted to give her mother something she could keep with her during appointments and procedures when she couldn't attend.  read more

Guests 0

OCS Blog: Creating something useful for a real-life setting

April 21, 2014 by

Six weeks, officially half way. It feels like we have been here three months already, but at the same time, like we just started. Long days are starting to catch up with me. I can hardly keep track of the days of the week anymore. My language has changed from English to a weird set of acronyms and terminology I had not heard until recently. I literally code all day, over meals. I even dream about code. But this is what I signed up for, and I'm having a blast…  read more

Guests 0

Idiot Learns to Code: 5 Javascript things Codecademy doesn’t teach you

April 11, 2014 by

(Guest post by Frank Merchlewitz) A list post! Hooray! It was only a matter of time before I created some good old-fashioned clickbait. Let me start by saying I love Codecademy. I couldn’t have gotten to the level I’m at now without their introductory Javascript course. But as any good web developer will tell you, the best way to learn is by actually building something…  read more

Guests 0

Jayhawks explore Seattle tech scene during two-day networking trip

April 10, 2014 by

(Guest post by Foster Casterline) At 3:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 27, 14 KU information systems students crammed into our cars and departed for Kansas City International Airport. Ahead of us was a two-day networking adventure to one of the most vibrant technology communities in the world: Seattle. We each had expectations going in, but prepared for two things: lots of rain and an incredible experience ...  read more

Guests 0

OCS Blog: Halfway through, balancing work and play is key

April 7, 2014 by

Six weeks, officially half way. It feels like we have been here three months already, but at the same time, like we just started. Long days are starting to catch up with me. I can hardly keep track of the days of the week anymore. My language has changed from English to a weird set of acronyms and terminology I had not heard until recently. I literally code all day, over meals. I even dream about code. But this is what I signed up for, and I'm having a blast…  read more

Subscribe to SPN

Silicon Prairie News interviews the region's leading entrepreneurs and creatives, reports on startups and established companies and announces events.

Submit a story

Have a story tip or startup we should know about? Send it our way: editor@siliconprairienews.com