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The Silicon Prairie News Minute, featuring Ryan Pendell, the Managing Editor of Silicon Prairie News. Host Jim Collison from theAverageGuy.tv – Highlighting the best startup news in Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri. Recorded on January 19, 2016
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Jim: Ryan, I know that food waste in the world is a huge problem these day even with all our advancements in technology. Certainly there are people who are thinking about this problem and finding ways to address it?
Ryan: One third of all food produced on earth is wasted, either being thrown away, spoiling or being left in the field. That’s 1.3 billion tons of food each year.
A company out of Ames, Iowa, is trying to make a dent in that billion by creating a solar powered food dehydrator. Without having to plug anything, the device will provide greater food security for rural communities and allow farmers to earn more income by being able to sell what would’ve otherwise been wasted.
Jim : When will it become available to the market?
Ryan: They’ve already been testing in the field in countries in like Uganda, and they hope to have a consumer version available sometime this spring.
To learn more about the KinoSol story, go to http://siliconprairienews.com and click on “Startups.”
Ryan: So we started with a statistic about food waste. Here’s another: Hospital errors are the third leading cause of death in the US. Hospital errors.
Where others might see human error, there a team of technologists out of Omaha, Crumb labs, that sees a data problem. Even today, digital hospital records run on several different systems that don’t talk to each other. Crumb is building a platform that can make all these systems communicate together to ultimately save lives.
Jim: Healthcare initiatives often takes years to come to market. When will this one be ready?
Ryan: Crumb is currently working on an initiative to have 12,000 physicians using Crumb by the end of the year.
For more information about Crumb, go to http://siliconprairienews.com and click on “Startups.”
Jim: Seems like my Facebook and twitter feed are always filled with helpful tips and tricks on everything from food prep to career advice. Gotta be a way to get those all in one place?
Ryan: So if you love life hacks, you’re really going to enjoy Tiperosity which is a new web application out of Omaha, that provides a massive searchable database of tips. Think of it kind of like Twitter but just for pithy little insights for anything you’d like help with.
Jim: So I have a blog based on tech helps, can you give me an example of one of theirs?
Ryan: Ok, here’s tip number #5,044: “If you are not very tech savvy and looking to purchase a computer, consider purchasing the same kind used by a family member or friend who is good with computers so you can use their expertise if needed.”
Huh. Very interesting. If you’d like to learn more about the story behind Tiperosity, go to http://siliconprairienews.com and click on “Startups.”
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