Prairie Moves: A ‘blunt, direct voice’ in Des Moines’ startup community
What is Prairie Moves?
Published Tuesdays and Fridays, Prairie Moves is a roundup of career changes, media coverage, product development and other updates from the companies and individuals regularly covered by Silicon Prairie News.
"A blunt, direct voice" - Dan Shipton of BitMethod profiled in Sunday's Des Moines Register, giving an in-depth look at his background and approach
"We are destroying our competitors. Part of me says I don't really care if the VCs on Sand Hill Road know us. We don't need their money. We're crushing it here." - John Wirtz of Hudl speaking with Inc. about the Midwest's obstacle of humilty - Inc.
Mergers & Acquisitions
- Phantom EFX of Cedar Falls, Iowa was acquired by WMS of Waukegan, Illinois - Phantom EFX blog, Press Release and Cedar Valley Business Monthly
- University of Nebraska-Lincoln Drone Journalism Lab earned a $50,000 prototype grant from the Knight Foundation - Knight Foundation blog, Drone Journalism Lab blog and SPN
- Rebecca VanDeCasteele, formerly with the Des Moines Register, joined ShareWhere as merchant acquisition manager - ShareWhere blog
- Nathaniel Watley, Neema Bahramzad, Andrew Koerner, Jed Dumire, Avery Quandt, Tim Hoffman joined Don't Panic Labs as summer interns - Don't Panic Labs on YouTube
- Grain & Mortar launched a new site for minorwhite studios - minorwhitestudios.com
- Omaha World-Herald redesigned its website - omaha.com, Omaha World-Herald, SPN and Nebraska Creative
- VoterTide launched a new landing page - votertide.com/breakingnews
Product & Business Updates
- SmartyPig interest rate increasing to 1% APY - SmartyPig blog and Press Release
- Foundry Coworking shuts down amid competition - Des Moines Register
- VinSolutions shuffles management - Kansas City Business Journal
- Dwolla created merchant packs - Dwolla blog
- Goodsmiths - Tech Spotlight: Goodsmiths on crafting an online shop - Des Moines Register
- Hudl - Lower Burrell software firm acquired by Neb. company - Trib Total Media
- ActiveGrade - Give students the feedback they need to be creative problem solvers with ActiveGrade - Startup America Partnership blog
- Qup - "Qup" Your Favorite Movies from Netflix Streaming - Programmable Web
- Qup - Apps We Like! - Qup.tv - Mashery blog
- Dwolla - Startup Says Goodbye to Slow Money Transfers - MIT Technology Review
- Central Iowa SourceLink - New initiative: Central Iowa SourceLink - Des Moines Business Record
- DSM Web Geeks - 'Geeks' leader wants you to know: It's not just for geeks - Des Moines Register
- Daniel Shipton of BitMethod - A blunt, direct voice - Des Moines Register
- Corey Vilhauer of Blend Interactive - Confab 2012: A Methodology for the Madness - Razorfish blog
- Scott Data Center - An amped-up Scott Data Center - Omaha World-Herald
- Hack The Midwest - Sarah Withee’s team wins Best Mobile App at Hack the Midwest Contest - University of Missouri Kansas City news
- The Trouble With Starting Up in the Heartland - Inc.
- One Week KC: A Big Event for Small Businesses - KCTV 5
- Big 5 effort, Kauffman Foundation team up for Kansas City entrepreneur week - Kansas City Business Journal
- Poll: Is Kansas City truly an entrepreneurial town? - Kansas City Business Journal
- One Week KC spotlights entrepreneurs - Kansas City Star
- One Week KC Kickoff Remarks (Video) - Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
- One Week KC Demo Day (Video) - Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Gig Bits is an occasional feature keeping our readers up to speed on Google Fiber. Read Gig Bits.
- Tech Transfer Connects Innovative Ideas with the Marketplace - Google Connects KC
- Ryan Bennett of IdleSmart, George Brooks of CremaLab, Justin Graves of Infegy, Rodrigo Neri of Instin and Royce Haynes were recognized on Ingram's "20 in their Twenties"
- Missouri was No. 6 on CNN Money's "10 most entrepreneurial states"
- First There Was Silicon Valley. Then Silicon Alley. Now…the Case for Building Silicon Prairie - Jeff Slobotski
- Gearing up for launch! - Seedlauncher
- You Are the Exception to the Rule - Wade Foster
- Needed: Feedback on Feature Preview! - ActiveGrade
- Build Your Business Within An Entrepreneurial Ecosystem - Alana Muller
- Our Best Tips for New Grads #1 - Stay Classy San Diego - Grain & Mortar
- Here We Are - SecretPenguin
- In-Depth with the Think Big i-Team: Bobby Miller Jr. - Think Big Partners
- In-Depth with the Think Big i-Team: Shelby Livingston - Think Big Partners
- In-Depth with the Think Big i-Team: Sara Heins - Think Big Partners
- Dwolla FiSync (video) - Dwolla
- KC maker launched a DLP printer on KickStarter, see it working at Maker Faire: Kansas City - twitter.com/makerfairekc
- Social media will aid fan experience during All-Star Game - Kansas City Star
- Divshot added itself to Crowdfunder - crowdfunder.com
- Picture of Ben Milne's protrait in Times Square during F.ounders - twitter.com/kevinabosch