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Prairie Moves: Mike Hays, Rachel McClung, and more

January 24, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

What is Prairie Moves?

Published Tuesdays and Thursdays, 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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Mergers & Acquisitions


  • T8 Webware (Cedar Falls) was awarded $120,000 in direct assistance from the Iowa Department of Economic Development to expand into the Des Moines marketplace - Press Release, Des Moines Register and SPN
  • BetaBeat sources: Union Square Ventures (New York) to lead Dwolla's (Des Moines) Series B round - BetaBeatSPN and Des Moines Register

Career Moves

New Creative

  • Idea Work (Columbia, Mo.) launched a redesigned company website -
  • GoodTwin Design (Omaha) designed and developed the website for EliteForm, a Nebraska Global company - Elite Form and Nebraska Creative
  • Reliant Studios (Lincoln) produced a 30-second TV spot for University of Nebraska–Omaha - Reliant Studios blog

Product/Business Development

  • Think Big Partners, Five Elms Capital and Legal Sonar (all Kansas City) open KCCowork - Think Big Partners 
  • MindMixer (Omaha) launched a site in Piedmont, S.C. and Denton, Texas - Piedmont Voice and Engage Denton, respectively
  • QuickCal (Omaha) 3.1 released with improved recognition engine, iCloud reminders and autocomplete feature - MacStories and Apple App Store
  • LiveOn (Kansas City) has ended its public beta and has plans to roll out version 2 soon - LiveOn blog and SPN
  • KCnext named Ryan Weber as president and announced its 10-person board - Press Release and SPN



Fiber Watch

Recognition & Milestones

  • Ben Milne of Dwolla (Des Moines) was named one of Business Insider's "11 Rising Tech Stars To Watch In 2012"
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Bloch Business School of Management was named the 2012 best National Model Graduate Entrepreneurship Program by the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship - Kansas City Business Journal and Kansas City Star
  • Moblico Solutions (Kansas City) was named one of Thinking Bigger Business Media's "25 Under 25" award recipients - Thinking Bigger
  • LiveOn (Kansas City) was named one of five finalists for South by Southwest Interactive Awards in the "Technical Achievement" category - South by Southwest Interactive and SPN 
  • 1102 Grand (Kansas City) named a "Company to Watch" by Processor Magazine - "Colocation On A Grand Scale"


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