Evidence of a perfect storm? Why the Gigabit Challenge is important for the Silicon Prairie

By January 24, 2012 News

There’s an old adage that the best way to describe a job you love is that you would do it for free. I’m fortunate enough in my role in Microsoft that I’ve been able to experience that opportunity by working and meeting with investors, entrepreneurs and startups from all walks of life and from all over the world. It’s afforded me the chance to develop a perspective – often one that is at odds with conventional wisdom about where the action is. This is an occasional series where I’ll share that perspective with Silicon Prairie News readers.

If we look at Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska and the Dakotas there is something special occurring. There’s an active culture of entrepreneurship that is curated by Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. There’s a robust community of incubators and co-working spaces with the likes of PipelineNebraska GlobalThink Big Partners and Bizperc. Finally, there’s a robust local community and technology press with events like Big OmahaThinc Iowa and Silicon Prairie News.

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