SPN Top 10: Things you should know about OKC’s startup ecosystem

By SPN Team / October 26, 2018

Oklahoma City’s ecosystem had a rough week from the outside looking in. Silicon Prairie News ran a story where the community underperformed its expected venture investment. The Brookings Institute and Walton Family Foundation produced an article suggesting that the community was having waning investment. But frankly, this is pretty misleading. OKC is going through a…

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LPED’s new LaunchLNK initiative recruits early-stage startups to Lincoln

By Rod Armstrong / September 4, 2018

In economic development circles, business recruitment and retention are often associated with large companies and hundreds of jobs. The Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development (LPED) is adding a focus on recruiting early-stage startups through its LaunchLNK initiative. “We decided from an economic development perspective that it makes sense to look at recruiting startups for a…

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SmallData Tech brings data transmission to out-of-network farmers

By Rod Armstrong / February 5, 2018

The Internet of Things (IoT) permeates all types of industries, including agriculture. Sensors collect data on everything from soil moisture levels to irrigation pump performance to water levels in wells and stock tanks. Making that data actionable requires either a visual inspection or a wireless transmission over a costly – and sometimes spotty – cellular…

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Why you don’t want your city to become Silicon Valley

By Dustin McKissen / January 12, 2018

For the last few years I’ve heard and read that St. Louis just might be the next Silicon Valley. I haven’t just heard that about St. Louis. I’ve heard the same thing about Pittsburgh, Kansas City, Denver, Houston, Columbus, and just about every decent-sized city in America. Of course, Silicon Valley has a lot going…

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SPN’s most read stories of 2017

By SPN Team / December 28, 2017

SPN is honored to have spent another year celebrating the makers and doers of the Silicon Prairie. Through sharing the region’s news, events and updates with our audience, we continue our mission to grow, connect and inspire the tech innovation communities of Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri and Kansas. Every article was a favorite of our writers and…

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Precision Reality brings virtual reality to corporate real estate

By SPN Team / June 28, 2017

There are some innovative uses for virtual reality, but too often the technology comes across as more of a novelty, with gaming and fantasy being the primary focus of use. Dubuque, Iowa strategic systems innovator Design Mill, Inc. and Chicago’s Ideas Into Apps have joined forces to integrate virtual reality with corporate real estate through…

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Mona Bijoor of King Circle Capital and JOOR to speak at Big Omaha 2017

By SPN Team / May 11, 2017

Big Omaha completed their 2017 speaker announcements this week with Mona Bijoor. Bijoor is a partner at investment and advisory firm, King Circle Capital where she focuses on opportunities that are transforming the health and wellness industry. She is also the founder of JOOR, the premier online global marketplace for wholesale buying that directly connects…

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