Jeff Slobotski is the co-founder and chief community builder at Silicon Prairie News. Based in Omaha, Silicon Prairie News is a digital media company and website dedicated to highlighting, connecting, engaging, and supporting entrepreneurs, creatives, and investors.
Silicon Prairie News uses an emerging model for the development of a grassroots entrepreneurial ecosystem in three regions: Omaha, Des Moines, and Kansas City. Silicon Prairie News also has offices and staff in these three cities.
When he’s not blogging about the creative class, Slobotski organizes events to connect with the Silicon Prairie News audience. One such event is Big Omaha, the annual conference focused on start-up culture and entrepreneurship. Founded in 2009, Big Omaha brings together more than 700 entrepreneurs from more than 24 states and a handful of countries around the globe each year.
As a volunteer, Slobotski is heavily involved in community organizations, including Packs of Promise, a nonprofit group he founded to assist Omaha’s homeless during the winter. Slobotski serves on the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Shapers; and was named one of Omaha’s Ten Outstanding Young Omahans by the Omaha Jaycees. Slobotski also received the Midlands Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40” award, and is a member of the Young Entrepreneurs Council.
A variety of national publications, media outlets, and prominent writers have profiled Slobotski and his community-building efforts, including: New York Times, TIME, Inc. Magazine, CNN, Fast Company, Kiplinger Finance, Frontier Airlines’ in-flight magazine Wild Blue Yonder, blogger Seth Godin, and countless others.
Slobotski calls Omaha home with his wife, Molly, and their three sons.