This week, Regan Carrizales and I will be in Las Vegas to participate in SXSW V2V. This is the inaugural year of SXSW V2V, a South by Southwest-produced event with the goal to bring together more than 1,500 thought leaders to “extend and re-imagine the legendary SXSW experience with an emphasis on the creative spark that drives entrepreneurial innovation.”

Regan on Tuesday will be moderating a panel discussing diversity in entrepreneurship titled “UP Global Live …

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The Silicon Prairie Awards celebrates the main reason we began this organization five year ago—to focus on the incredible community that is supporting, connecting and building each and every day. With that in mind, this event is not just to honor the award recipients, but it’s to celebrate what you and everyone else in the community is doing.

As you can see from the photos of last year’s event, it’s a great time to get dolled up, see old friends …

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It’s with a heavy heart that we want to share the news of the passing of one of our dear friends and inspiration to many, Roger Fransecky. He passed away last Friday.

Roger was the founder and CEO of The Apogee Group, a global management, consulting and leadership development organization which he founded in 1995.

I had the pleasure to get to know Roger over the last several years, and each time I had the chance to visit with him I would learn …

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Leading up to the City of Omaha’s general election May 14, The Mastercraft will serve as the venue for two meet and greet events with mayoral candidates Jean Stothert (left) and Jim Suttle (right).

It’s important for the future of our city to have a mayor that not only understands, but supports Omaha’s high level of startup activity, which continues to increase. In order to assure progress …

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Silicon Prairie News co-founder Dusty Davidson and I are headed back to New York this month to host a Silicon Prairie Expat Meetup on April 30 at the Standard Hotel Biergarten. During our visit, April 29-May 1, we also plan to get together with several entrepreneurs and investors.

The meetup will be our second Silicon Prairie expat gathering this year—we held one …

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I arrived back in Omaha, aka the “Winter Tundra,” Friday afternoon, returning from the beautiful weather of San Francisco, fresh off a few days visiting one of the world’s leading startup communities.

The goal of my solo three-day trip, which revolved around hosting a Silicon Prairie Expat Meetup on Thursday, was to strengthen existing relationships and develop new ties with key leaders …

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I’m hosting a meetup Thursday at the Press Club of San Francisco (above) starting at 5:30 p.m. local time. This expat meetup is geared to connect those who hail from the Silicon Prairie region – Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri – and now live in the Bay Area as well as those who have an affinity to the region.

I’ll also be in the city for most of the week meeting with entrepreneurs, investors …

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We’re thrilled today to announce Caleb Ulffers as the newest member of the Silicon Prairie News team, filling the position of speaker manager.

Caleb’s role will consist of working with our presenters for The Big Series events in March, May and October. His year-round work is vital to developing and maintaining relationships with each of our speakers – past, present and future – as we continue building out our events.

We’ve always taken the approach …

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We’re thrilled to have investor, entrepreneur and author Brad Feld join us in Des Moines in a little more than two weeks to present at Thinc Iowa 2011, our conference on innovation and entrepreneurship.

Brad’s work in Boulder, Colo. has served as a model for what we’ve been building within the Silicon Prairie News community since 2008. In looking to a city like Boulder, one that has not only branded …

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