Prairie Moves: Ashton Kutcher invests in Dwolla edition
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Ashton Kutcher's A-Grade Investments invests in Dwolla, a media roundup
- Dwolla (Des Moines): "Please welcome Ashton, Ron, & Guy to Dwolla"
- SPN: "Ashton Kutcher, Dwolla confirm star’s involvement in Series B round" and "In new investor Kutcher, Dwolla sees an A-plus pitch and product man"
- Des Moines Register: "Ashton Kutcher Dwolla investment announced", "Ashton Kutcher: Dwolla can only be built in Iowa", "Tech scene sees potential in Ashton Kutcher’s Dwolla investment" and "Ashton Kutcher on Dwolla: "I want to build a killer (bleeping) company in Iowa" - Exclusive Register interview"
- KCCI Des Moines: "Ashton Kutcher invests in Iowa tech company" and "Updated: Ashton Kutcher invests in Iowa company"
- The Next Web: "Hollywood in Iowa, Ashton Kutcher and Dwolla confirm relationship"
- TechCocktail: "Why Ashton Kutcher invested in Dwolla [Video]"
- Startup City Des Moines: "Dwolla and Ashton Kutcher talk tech investments at StartupCity Des Moines"
- BetaBeat: "Was Ashton Kutcher High Being Really Dumb During This Interview About Dwolla?"
- Associated Press: "Kutcher invests in flat fee tech startup Dwolla"
- Portfolio.com: "Ashton Kutcher Backs Iowa Startup"
- CNBC: "Ashton Kutcher Invests in Iowa-Based Dwolla"
- Bank Technology News: "Dude, Where's My Alternative Payments Provider?"
- VentureBeat: "Wait, Ashton Kutcher might actually be a smart investor"
- Dwolla (Des Moines) hired two New York employees, Alex Taub and Michael Schonfeld, with plans to open a New York office - Alex Taub blog, Business Insider, The Next Web, Des Moines Register, BetaBeat, PandoDaily and PE Hub
- Sam Duregger, formerly of Dwolla (Des Moines), announced he'll be moving to Utah to work for welikesmall as an Interactive Producer - Sam Duregger blog
- Meg Schlemmer and Allen Brown joined QA Graphics (Ankeny, Iowa) as a graphic outsourcing specialists, and Blake Pinneke was named the company's senior account executive for its interactive and multimedia design services - Press Release
- Oxide Design (Omaha) redesigned Maha Music Festival's website - mahamusicfestival.com
Product/Business Development and Milestones
- Front Flip (Overland Park, Kan.) launched nationally - Press Release and Kansas City Business Journal
- FormZapper (Kansas City) rolled out a "significant update" to its user interface - FormZapper blog
- Tikly (Des Moines) is one-year old today - twitter.com/tikly
- Startup Weekend Kansas City - SPN, Think Big Kansas City: "My Startup Weekend Kansas City Recap: Pictures, Summaries and an Inside-Look at Every Team", Tom Jenkins blog: "Kansas City Startup Weekend 5" (Photos), Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce: "04/13/12: Start-Up Weekend Kansas City" and TutHopper Press Release
- Hack Omaha - SPN, Omaha World-Herald: "From idea to app in one weekend" and Andrew Kirpalani: "With OpenIowa Approaching, An Open Set of Observations from HackOmaha…"
- MindMixer (Omaha) - The Atlantic: "Making a Game Out of Town Hall Meetings"
- Zapier (Columbia, Mo.) - Columbia Tribune: "Local tech startup seeing success"
- Torsion Mobile (Des Moines) - Startup America: "Five Startup Questions Answered by today's featured startup, Torsion Mobile"
- i2iowa (Des Moines) - Des Moines Register: "Startup America CEO lauds Iowa"
- Oohly (Leawood, Kan.) - Forbes: "Oohly Wants To Kill The TV Commercial Forever"
- Friendcaster by OneLouder (Kansas City, Mo.) - Android Authority: "FriendCaster for Facebook: Better and faster than official app"
- Nebraska Entrepreneur: "UNL Law Professor to Present During Crowdfunding Webinar"
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- Kansas City Star: "Google road crews out in Kansas City"
- Jack Perry of Syncbak (Marion, Iowa): "Developed with Studios"
- StartupCity Des Moines: "Is there a day in the life of StartupCity Des Moines"
- Tej Dhawan of StartupCity Des Moines: "Entrepreneurship in the Arts"
- Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle: "I've proclaimed #4sqDay in #Omaha! Take time to explore all that our city has to offer & don't forget to check in!" - twitter.com/jimsuttle
- Iowa Lt. Gov. Reynolds backs StartupIowa's OpenIowa competition - Press Release, Des Moines Register and StartupIowa blog
- Kate Washut of Far Reach Technologies (Cedar Falls, Iowa) was named one of five University of Northern Iowa (UNI) College of Business Administration’s distinguished Alumni in Residence for 2012 - Press Release
- University of Missouri (Columbia, Mo.): "Entrepreneurship and Innovation Network Growing at University of Missouri"
Credits: Photo by Todd Razor of Des Moines