SPN Out & About


Flywheel founder Dusty Davidson at TechBrew

By SPN Team / October 10, 2019

Last week, Dusty Davidson visited TechBrew in Council Bluffs, Iowa.  We were in attendance and taped some of what he had to say.  In particular, we thought that his response to a question about growing up in the Midwest was poignant.  So, we thought that we would share it with you.

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Big Omaha Veteran, David Hauser’s New Book on Sale This Week

By SPN Team / September 16, 2019

In 2010, David Hauser, the founder of Grasshopper, joined Jeff Slobotski and Dusty Davidson on the stage at Big Omaha. He introduced the now ubiquitous standing ovation before the talk that made Big Omaha and many other Silicon Prairie experiences special for speakers.  Today, he announced that he has published a new book about his…

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SPN Out & About: We’ll be in the Big Apple from Dec. 16 to 18

By SPN Team / November 5, 2013

From December 16-18, SPN speaker manager Caleb Ulffers and I will head to New York City to host a meetup the evening of Tuesday, December 17, at Amity Hall. During our visit we also plan to line up several meetings with some of the city’s entrepreneurs and investors.

Our coming New York trip and SPN Meetup, as well as our other meetups we host throughout the country, are vital as we continue the conversation and work to build the emerging startup community right here in our own back yard …

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SPN Out & About: We headed west for two California meetups

By SPN Team / October 21, 2013

Last week Dusty Davidson, Caleb Ulffers and I had the pleasure of visiting San Francisco and Los Angeles.

The purpose of the trip, sponsored by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, was to connect to past speakers, ex-patriots, as well as friends and supporters of the Silicon Prairie community.

We took the energy and message from the Silicon Prairie to each of the meetings and conversations …

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SPN Out & About: San Francisco & Los Angeles meetups next week

By SPN Team / October 2, 2013

Next Monday, Dusty Davidson, Caleb Ulffers and I will be traveling to San Francisco—from Oct. 7 to 9—then heading to Los Angeles—Oct. 9 to 11—for meetings with entrepreneurs and investors in the area.

Although Silicon Prairie News is based in the Midwest, we believe it’s important to continue conversations and develop new relationships in other regions where startups take root and innovation takes place …

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SPN Out & About: Las Vegas for SXSW V2V

By Jeff Slobotski / August 12, 2013

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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Join us April 30 at our Silicon Prairie Expat Meetup in New York

By Jeff Slobotski / April 16, 2013

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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Join us Thursday for a Silicon Prairie expat meetup in San Francisco

By Jeff Slobotski / February 15, 2013

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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Out and about by The Bay: A photo recap of SPN’s visit to San Francisco

By SPN Team / August 10, 2012

Last week, I spent a few days in San Francisco along with Dusty Reynolds, the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce’s director of innovation and entrepreneurship.

We encountered plenty of people familiar with the work of Silicon Prairie News. We met others who had heard of SPN or our events, Big Omaha and Thinc Iowa, but weren’t completely familiar with our work and efforts to build our region’s entrepreneurial and startup community.

The trip was filled with a number …

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