Silicon Prairie News


Where is the Silicon Prairie?

While there is no hard line or political boundary that defines the Silicon Prairie, we consider it to be Omaha, Des Moines, Kansas City and the surrounding area. Basically, if you drive to one of those three airports to catch a commercial flight, then you’re part of the Silicon Prairie.

Why entrepreneurs?

Entrepreneurs are the backbone of our country from its founding. Individuals who fit this mold will continue to shape our world for years to come. Knowing that entrepreneurs are not unique to one particular city, our goal is to find, highlight and connect these groups with other like-minded individuals.

Why creatives?

The Silicon Prairie is home to an amazing group of people within the creative class that may not always classify themselves as entrepreneurs. What is unique about our region is the incredible amount of energy and collaboration within the creative class, and when coupled with innovators from other industries, the results are spectacular.

What do you mean when you say community?

We define community as the group of individuals who are as passionate and interested as we are in building the region into a hotbed of talent and innovation. The Silicon Prairie News community, or tribe, is an inclusive and supportive group whose common interest is to share, encourage, network and strengthen one another.

Who are your contributors?

They’re business owners, technology mavens, journalism school graduates, night owls, social media gurus and more. Overall, they’re individuals who care about and are interested in seeing our region’s entrepreneurs and creatives succeed.

How can I become a contributor?

Send a brief email to editor [at] siliconprairienews [dot] com explaining who you are, your journalism experience and please provide three to five writing clips.

How can I become a guest contributor?

Send a brief email to editor [at] siliconprairienews [dot] com explaining who you are and what you’d like to contribute to SPN. Please do not put the time into writing a guest post or recording a guest video before you’ve contacted us. It’s best to decide on a direction together.

How do I get an event on SPN?

We automatically add events to our events page that we think would be of interest to our audience. You can also submit your own event by filling out this form.

How do I get a job or internship listed in an Opportunities on the Prairie post?

Fill out our Job Request Form with the job or internship listings and a short description of your company. You can also choose to feature your job listing for a weekly fee.

How do I advertise or sponsor SPN?

Please contact sales [at] siliconprairienews [dot] com to learn more. We’re looking forward to speaking with you.

What’s the story behind your mascot?

Our mascot Analog is a prairie dog, which according to Wikipedia, is a burrowing rodent (not an actual dog) native to the grasslands of North America. He was illustrated by Andy Van Engen and named by Robert Murphy, who suggested the name in a contest we ran in 2009.

I have another question that wasn’t answered here.

Email info [at] siliconprairienews [dot] com and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.


Why did you post this or that?

Our primary focus is to highlight entrepreneurs and creatives on the Silicon Prairie, whether it’s an interview with an individual or reporting on a startup’s latest product. Additionally, we post event announcement and recaps that we feel would be of interest to our audience. We also have features, which add a different element to our stream of content. Occasionally we’ll post something that doesn’t fit our regular mold, but rest assured, there’s a good reason to the madness. If you have any questions regarding our content, please contact editor [at] siliconprairienews [dot] com.

How do I get myself, my company, or someone I know on SPN?

Amongst other considerations, we’re interested in passionate, hard working and dedicated individuals. If that’s you or someone you know, please email editor [at] siliconprairienews [dot] com.

How do I subscribe to SPN by RSS?

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Does SPN have a commenting policy?

Yes. We ask that you follow four rules:

  1. Keep comments on subject: reactions to the companies, products, events or things presented in the post are welcomed, personal attacks, on the other hand, are not tolerated. We’ll remove your comment if we feel it’s racist, sexist, obscene, offensive or irrelevant.
  2. No spamming: selling, trolling or writing gibberish, all types of spam will be removed and repeat offenders will be blocked from the site.
  3. Use relevant links: if you need to add a link in your comment to expand on your thoughts please do so, but make sure it’s relevant to the topic at hand, if it’s not, the entire comment will be removed.
  4. Be yourself: we don’t have a standard verification process in place but we have our ways of looking deeper, if needed. Anonymous comments are accepted but impersonations will be removed.

We reserve the right to modify or change the rules as well as delete any comment at our discretion.

Why did you remove my comment?

You likely offended one of the rules above. If you’re still curious, please email editor [at] siliconprairienews [dot] com with an approximate date and description of your comment.

Why does it show a user in the comments section but no text below it?

The comment has been removed because its in violation of one the rules above, but we keep the user comment stamp intact to show the true comment stream.

Can you delete or edit my published comment for me?

They’re your words and we leave them as such (unless we choose to remove based off rules). Our recommendation: add another comment explaining yourself, e.g. the reason you wanted the comment removed.

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