Weekly Recap: Omaha poised for success, ClusterFlunk’s best reads

Every Monday we'll share some of the interesting regional content we've read over the last week. Here's the recap for last week…

Des Moines’ Kaylee Williams is a musician and co-founder of VolunteerLocal. 

Every Monday we’ll share some of the interesting regional content we’ve read over the last week. 

Here’s the recap for last week: 


  • VolunteerLocal co-founder Kaylee Williams shares five reasons being an entrepreneur is similar to being a musician. — Des Moines Register 
  • The Welch Avenue Daily—an offshoot of Welch Avenue—launched last week. Among its first posts was one written by Bawte founder John Jackovin about funding in Iowa and the state’s proverbial “the chicken or the egg” dilemma—which comes first, startups or investors? — Welch Avenue Daily 
  • GoodBlogs’ Peter Awad shares “five ways to manufacture serendipity in the Midwest.” — Forbes 
  • ClusterFlunk co-founders AJ Nelson and Joe Dallago compiled a list of the books that made their company what it is today. Anything you’d add to the list? — Flunk the World 
  • Two-time Olympic bobsledder Jean Prahm, a North Liberty, Iowa native and University of Iowa alumna, recently launched a startup called Mommy Hips, “compression garment developed by Ms. Prahm to restore women’s hips distended by pregnancy and childbirth to their original shape.” — Corridor Business Journal

Kansas City

  • The Kansas City Startup Village and other players in the entrepreneurial scene were asked about the impact of Google Fiber on startups for the Charlotte Business Journal. “Kansas City was known as a fly-over city; they are starting to see that we have top tech talent,” said KCSV co-leader Brittain Kovac. —Charlotte Business Journal


  • Q&A with Lincoln health startup, Nobl — Big Plate
  • OWH talks open offices and highlights Sojern — Omaha World-Herald
  • Bulu Box co-founder Stephanie Jarrett shares her tips for staying in love with your startup — Women 2.0
  • World-Herald editorial board thinks Omaha and Nebraska are poised to break through in venture capitalism — Omaha World-Herald
  • Local BBQ joint gets big bump in business thanks to Reddit — Imgur
We love to hear what you’re up to! Read something interesting about entrepreneurship or startups in the Midwest? Send it our way at editor@siliconprairienews.com

Credits: Kaylee Williams photo from Des Moines Register


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