How Jeff Slobotski Turned The Midwest Into The Silicon Prairie
Cities like Omaha, Des Moines, and Kansas City have long been great places for American business and agricultural and commodities fortunes to be built, but today's entrepreneurs are working with software and digital tech, not cattle and corn.
Traveling across America, running sales and marketing for Truist, a social responsibility-powering tech company, Jeff Slobotski regularly visited the country’s startup hubs. Slobotski, intrigued by his experiences, began chronicling his travels on a personal blog. But in 2008, he took another look his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, and the surrounding Midwestern region. He was impressed by the burgeoning startup scene in his own backyard. "It is this incredible hidden gem," Slobotski says with joy. Inspired, he created a new site to exclusively cover startups in Omaha and the Midwest--Silicon Prairie News was born.
Slobotski wanted people to pay more attention to the region and come to see it as a credible crescent for startups.
"If individuals know who or what is happening in a region there is tremendous power," he says. "Businesses can launch, funding can be found, and networks can be built", according to a report in Fast Company. >>More here
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