Week in Review: Ignition at Disrupt, Forbes (yes, again), & Big Omaha

Here’s our roundup of the week’s top tech business news. First, the most popular stories Silicon Bayou News published in the last seven days:

N.O. #1 On Forbes’ Top Cities For Information Jobs In The U.S. – The Silicon Bayou continues to advance and improve its economy, with digital media, biotech, and clean technology jobs on the rise.  Forbes has recognized this growth and named New Orleans as the number one city in the U.S. for information jobs.  This comes on the heels of other recent Forbes reports calling the Louisiana digital media incentives the “best in the U.S.” and identifying New Orleans as the  second-best large city for jobs.

LP Ignition Startups Headed to Hot Tech Conference – Six of Louisiana’s newest startups are headed to TechCrunch Disrupt, May 23-25 in NYC.  Now in its second year, TechCrunch’s Disrupt conference attracts wicked cool startups and the uber talented, as well as influential investors.  The conference is designed to launch the hottest new startups, making it the perfect venue for Louisiana’s newest companies.  Chris Schultz, of Launchpad Ignition, in a phone conversation this week, told me that the Louisiana startups that are headed to TechCrunch Disrupt are recent alumni of LP Ignition’s inaugural startup accelerator program.

Big Omaha: The Best Conference You’ve Never Heard Of – New Orleans heads to the Silicon Prairie.  Tucked in the middle of the heartland is a growing community of entrepreneurs.  Fueled by the efforts of our friends at Silicon Prairie News (SPN), this community of entrepreneurs is quickly becoming one of the top emerging startup hubs in the world, according to the Grasshopper Group.  This energy was evident in the top-notch Big Omaha event, held May 11-13, 2011 in downtown Omaha, Nebraska.

Silicon Bayou Inks Content Sharing Deal With NOLA Defender – We are pleased to announce that beginning today, everyone reading the NOLA Defender will be able to get weekly stories of the latest insider tech business news in New Orleans, courtesy of Silicon Bayou News.  NOLA Defender’s “The Week In Tech Business News” will feature weekly updates of the tops stories in technology business and their relation to New Orleans and south Louisiana.  You will get the same great information you get here, with the addition of NOLA Defender’s entertaining editorial comments.   Its a perfect fit!

Baton Rouge Innovation Group To Livecast “Startup Lessons Learned” Conference –  Startup Lessons Learned is the first event designed to unite those interested in what it takes to succeed in building a lean startup.  The goal for this event is to give practitioners and students of the lean startup methodology the opportunity to hear insights from leaders in embracing and deploying the core principles of the lean startup methodology.  The day-long event will feature a mix of panels and talks focused on the key challenges and issues that technical and market-facing people at startups need to understand in order to succeed in building successful lean startups.