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Prairie Moves: Scriptito, SkyVu, Benaissance and more

July 20, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

Photo by Jeff Weese via Flickr

Published every Tuesday (one day late this week), Prairie Moves keeps our readers informed about career moves, media coverage, product development, and more from the companies and individuals we cover on Silicon Prairie News.

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Product Development

Dwolla's (Des Moines) FiSync was released by Financial Plus Credit Union - and

Zach Leatherman (Omaha) released a new version of Raging Netflix Queue -

Scriptito (Omaha) released a new version containing one new feature and one important bug fix -

SkyVu Entertainment (Omaha) hinted at the next game in their Battle Bears series, Wil's Finest Hour -

New Work

SkyVu Entertainment (Omaha) launched new Battle Bears game, Battle Bears Blast -

Benaissance (Omaha) launched the HBEpoint SaaS platform -

Nathan Wahl and Srini Kadiam (both of Des Moines) launched Deal Groupit, a daily deal aggregator -

Blue Compass Interactive (Des Moines) launched websites for Festival of Trees and Stowell Company

Flying Hippo Web Technologies (Des Moines) launched a website for Atherton House of Gifts

Eight Seven Central (Des Moines) launched a redesigned website for Civic Music Association

Media Mentions

Kansas City Chamber Innovation Conference - Think Big Partners Kansas City: "My 10 Favorite Quotes from the KC Chamber Innovation Conference"

"What if Des Moines…" - Des Moines Register: "Paluch: Celebrate No. 1 ranking, then ask 'what if?' '"

Lava Row (Des Moines) - Social Technology Review: "No Pre-Packaged Social Web Here: LavaRow Interview"

Grasshorse (Winfield, Iowa) - The HawkEye: "Community college gets animated. Construction of animation facility at West Burlington campus nears completion."

CAMP Coworking (Omaha) and Foundry Coworking (Des Moines) - Argus Leader: " 'It's not about the four walls.' Realtor wants to unite divergent entrepreneurs in one open office"

SkyVu Entertainment - Slide to Play: "Battle Bears Blast Review" and Revision3: "Tekzilla"

Zaarly (Kansas City) - TechCrunch: "Zaarly Launchs On Android", "The Droid Guy: "Zaarly Now Available Coast To Coast And On Android", Gizmodo: "The Week's Best Android Apps", CNET: "Zaarly, a new kind of marketplace, hits Android"

Bo Fishback of Zaarly (Kansas City) - CNBC: "Tech Investors Crowd Into 'Crowd Commerce' "

Christian Renaud and Startup City (Des Moines) - Des Moines Register: "Des Moines: From agriculture to youth culture"

University of Northern Iowa Innovation Incubator and Target Click Marketing Solutions (Cedar Falls, Iowa) - Cedar Valley Business: "Emerging businesses merge with help of UNI incubator"

The MeNetwork (Omaha) - MobileMarketing: "New Orleans Launches SMS City Search" and The Newsroom: "Text service links NOLA visitors to destinations, deals"

Cowtown to Boomtown event (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) - Business380: "Cowtown to Boomtown: Doing innovation for real in Omaha"

Handmark (Kansas City) - Kansas City Business Journal: "Handmark forms new subsidiary for mobile social apps"

Dwolla (Des Moines) - The Next Web: "8 Awesome Ways to Pay with Your Phone"

HolyHog Software (Ames) - KCCI: "Iowa Company Makes Debt Reduction App"

Scriptito (Omaha) - PhotoCapM: "Calling All Writers! Photographers or Not, Scriptito!"

SmartyPig (Des Moines) - Boston Globe: "Saving for their young age" and Finextra: "The Total Disruption of Retail Banking - Part 3"


SkyVu Entertainment (Omaha) surpassed 11 million app downloads (paid and free) -

Nebraska Angels (Lincoln) released a video profile of two of their angels, Jim and Karen Linder -

Cowtown to Boomtown event (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) photos on Facebook -

Following acquisition of DSV, Hudl (Lincoln) blogged: "Answers for DSV Coaches"

Think Big Partners (Kansas City) opened its fifth floor of bizperc, its coworking space -; and posted pictures of it -

Turbine Flats (Lincoln) Phase 2 build-out has begun -

Tweet from QuickCal (Omaha) on July 14: "QuickCal is #1 Productivity, #4 Top Paid Apps in Spain!" -

Hudl (Lincoln) mentioned by Jason Calacanis on Twitter: "cool startup I meet with yesterday i'm thinking of angel investing in: Hudl, Video Editing and Sharing for Coaches" -

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