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Siouxland and the Dakotas


IdeaMensch events coming to KC, Omaha, Des Moines and Sioux Falls

By SPN Newsroom / July 23, 2012

IdeaMensch, a Los Angeles-based blog and event company sharing the stories of entrepreneurs, is 21 days into a four-month trek through the nation’s contiguous 48 states. The undertaking, titled #IM48, is a road trip to showcase entrepreneurs.

During the first week of August, #IM48 will make stops in Kansas City (Aug. 1), Omaha (Aug. 3), Des Moines (Aug. 6) and Sioux Falls (Aug. 8). At each stop, they’ll put on an event featuring local entrepreneurs. …

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With Iowa Startup Alliance, spaces to open doors to visiting entrepreneurs

By Michael Stacy / November 4, 2011

Like wildfire or something else that makes for less trite similes but spreads in equally speedy fashion, coworking spaces and incubators seem to have swept across the Silicon Prairie in recent months. From Sioux City to Cedar Rapids, from the DSM to KCMO, there is, at present, a proliferation of the places opening their doors on the Prairie.

Now, for the startups and entrepreneurs involved in several of those spaces in Iowa, there are even more open doors. …

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Vaynerchuk presenting at free Sioux City event on Nov. 4

By Danny Schreiber / October 26, 2011

Need a dose of motivation? Have no fear, Gary will be here.

Making a return trip to the Silicon Prairie, Gary Vaynerchuk is scheduled to speak at a free and open to the public event at 1:45 p.m., Friday, Nov. 4 in Sioux City, Iowa. As part of the Siouxland Social Media Conference organized by the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce, Vaynerchuk’s presentation will focus on how entrepreneurs …

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Prairie Moves: StartupCity, QuickCal, OneLouder and more

By Danny Schreiber / September 27, 2011

Published Tuesdays and Thursdays, Prairie Moves keeps our readers informed about career moves, media coverage, product development and more from the companies and individuals we cover on Silicon Prairie News.

If you or your company would like to submit one of the items below for our next Prairie Moves post, please email And if you have suggestions on how we could improve these posts or any of our …

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Zaarly releases branding, requested city list and Facebook pages

By Geoff Wood / April 18, 2011

Zaarly, the proximity-based, real-time, buyer-powered marketplace born out of Startup Weekend Los Angeles this past February and now with significant offices in Kansas City, released a new and enhanced web presence on Friday. Previously, the startup was collecting emails for future launches in a series of city-specific standard LaunchRock …

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Socie Awards to recognize South Dakota’s finest online

By Danny Schreiber / January 18, 2011

We’ve all read the stats on the number of users on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and more. Even in a place like South Dakota, vibrant online communities have sprung up and have yielded some fine social media personas. Two Sioux Falls companies have teamed up to recognize South Dakota’s finest online with the first annual South Dakota Socie Awards.

The two companies collaborating on this project are an interesting blend between traditional media, The Argus Leader (South Dakota’s largest newspaper), and an online marketing firm, Click Rain.

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Forbes ranks Sioux Falls ‘Best Small Place for Business and Careers’

By Danny Schreiber / November 19, 2010

Believe it or not Sioux Falls has more than just cornfields and cows. In fact, recently named Sioux Falls #1 “Best Small Place for Business and Careers.” (Image from This was the seventh consecutive year Sioux Falls has held the top spot.

Forbes’ annual ranking evaluates communities based on 12 factors including costs of living and business, job growth, income growth, quality of life, and cultural opportunities among others. Sioux Falls has been the only city that has ranked in the top 25 in at least eight of the…

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