Month: March 2017

The Silicon Prairie: The New Frontier for Startups

Matt Westenburg Talks Startups The Great Plains are once again being recognized as a frontier for exploration. Instead of pioneers establishing farmland, entrepreneurs are developing the nation’s hottest startup companies. This explosion of new businesses, many of which are built around technology, has earned the Midwest a new label: the Silicon Prairie. The Silicon Prairie generally includes the areas surrounding Des Moines, Kansas City and Lincoln. Midwestern values benefit business Entrepreneurs seek the Midwest for its low cost of living, but many stay for the people. Midwesterners are notoriously nice, hardworking people. This can-do attitude combined with their community...

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Don’t Get Startup Starstruck

Don’t Get Startup Star Struck Many entrepreneurs get startup star struck thinking about how great their business is going to be and how much money they are going to make. The reality is that building a successful startup is not quite that simple. There are many different paths to startup stardom. Don’t wish for your business success on a shooting star, avoid these four common startup myths and you’ll have a better chance at a favorable outcome. Only The Newest Ideas Succeed Startups are more than just a new idea. Fresh ideas and innovative problem solving are important but...

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Desert Destinations

Desert destinations When all your travel options have dried up, explore the world’s desert lands. These dry desert destinations are extreme by their very nature. Before you head off into the sun, there are a few important things to think about. Extreme weather Spring and fall are the best season to plan your desert adventure. Summer is obviously too hot to have much fun. With temperatures exceeding 130°F it’s dangerously hot outside. Thunderstorms roll through the desert quickly and can become violent, so be sure to watch the weather. If you’re going to the desert, you’re probably aware of...

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5 Of The Most Common Coffee Myths

5 Of The Most Common Coffee Myths People will believe anything they read on the Internet, especially if they’re not fully alert. If you’ve been surfing the Internet without your morning cup of joe because you heard coffee is bad for you-wake up! Not everything you read is true. Here are five of the most common coffee myths. Afternoon Coffee Will Keep You Up All Night Yes, the caffeine in coffee is a stimulant. That’s why we love it so much. We also love sleep, however. Many people avoid an afternoon coffee pick-me-up because they’re afraid it will keep...

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Travel North For Endless Summer Days

Travel north for endless summer day When there aren’t enough hours in the day, visit a place where it’s sunny all day, every day. During the summer months it never gets dark in the northernmost places on the globe, like Norway, Sweden, Finland and Alaska. These areas fall within the Arctic Circle. The Arctic Circle includes everywhere above a specific latitude. For example, in Svalbaard, Norway the sun shines constantly from April through August. More sun time, more fun time A summer trip to the Arctic Circle is perfect for when you’re trying to pack a big adventure into...

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