Hey, Silicon Prairie, your startup suave is showing
Dr. Jim and Karen Linder were finalists for Startup Investor of the Year. And shoo-ins for the unofficial title of Startup Suavest Dressers of the Night.
We asked for startup suave. And, boy, did you ever deliver.
The dress code for Thursday's Silicon Prairie Awards was intentionally vague. You see, entrepreneurs aren't particularly renowned for their ability to take orders or conform to other people's rules, so when it came time to determine a dress code for our inaugural awards, we figured, "Why bother?"
The result of that apathy was an eye-catching array of interpretations of startup suave. From T-shirts to tuxes, Awards attire ran the gamut. And the crew from Malone & Company captured most of that couture in our orange carpet photo booth.
So, in keeping with a time-honored SPN tradition, we've put together a post featuring amateurish fashion commentary on the styles sported at our latest event. You can scope out a sampling of startup suave in the post below or check the complete collection of orange carpet photos on Facebook.
The Bulu Box crew of (from left) Stephanie Jarrett, Paul Jarrett, Kate Stevenson and Adam Choate brought stylish threads and plenty of samples to Startup Alley.
Ethan Horne (from left), Krista Vogel, Ariel Sinha, Whitney Wade and Blake Lawrence of Hurrdat Social Media were oh-so excited to strut their stuff.
Analog the Prairie Dog sported an Analog T-shirt and posed with an Analog cut-out in front of an Analog backdrop. Sooo meta.
Emily Walsh of MindMixer (from left), Joe Hruska of TD Ameritrade and An Vu of SkyVu Entertainment proved that black is the new black.
Chris VanKat of Malone & Company showed he's at home both behind and in front of the camera.
Front Flip's Paul Castro (from left), Matt Beckner and Max Kunakhovich showed off the must-have accessory of the night, an Analog.
Karla Santi of Blend Interactive (from left) joined John Meyer, Brett Hanes, Ashton Dockendorf, Amy Colgan, and Morgan Hauck of Lemon.ly, a company that defined startup suave with an infographic — and its own attire.
AgLocal co-founders Jacob McDaniel (left) and Startup Executive of the Year finalist Naithan Jones were a proud pair in plaid.
The classic Hudl tee was well represented among the group that took home the award for B2B Startup of the Year.
The Banno trio of (from left) Wade Arnold, Technologist of the Year finalist Ben Metz and Eric Batterson was well-suited for the orange carpet.
Meg Fitz and Jay Byers of the Greater Des Moines Partnership sported their summer best.
The Goodsmiths team showed up in startup suave and walked away with the award for New Startup of the Year.
Credits: Photos by Malone & Company/Silicon Prairie Awards.