Silicon Prairie News

4056_914a5b9289_small April 30, 2012 by Michael Stacy

West Des Moines Social Money today announced plans to more than double its workspace and workforce this summer. The company, which makes products for goal-based, social savings, currently has 30 employees. Most are based in Social Money's West Des Moines headquarters. The company said in a release that it plans to hire close to 35 additional employees, both in Iowa and abroad, for jobs that include web development, engineering, project … read more

4050_18c6026404_small April 30, 2012 by Christopher New

Des Moines An application that uses public data in an effort to make parks safer emerged Sunday as the winner of the inaugural OpenIowa at StartupCity Des Moines. SuperRanger, an app created by the team of Drew Maifeld, Yas Kuraishi, Melissa Burkheimer and Bethany Wilcoxon, took took home first place and a $500 prize at the conclusion of OpenIowa, a three-day event put on by StartupIowa. … read more

4052_1bf957ba3e_small April 30, 2012 by Brittany Mascio

Omaha The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation contest for a chance to win a free Big Omaha 2012 ticket ends at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday. To enter, tell us why you want to attend Big Omaha and what it means to participate in an entrepreneurial community. We're collecting entries using the video Q&A site VYou, or if you're camera shy, you're now in luck. … read more

4027_38349905bd_small April 30, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City Kansas City is on the verge of an opportunity for unprecedented waste. And that, Paul Kedrosky believes, could be a wonderful thing. That was the message Kedrosky (left), a senior fellow at the Kansas City, Mo.-based Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, conveyed to a lunchtime crowd on April 18 in the third installment of the Kauffman Foundation's Google … read more

4039_de4d7eb451_small April 30, 2012 by Geoff Wood

It's time to switch up the cover photo on the Silicon Prairie News Facebook page, and we want to feature you, the members of the Silicon Prairie startup community. The plan is to change our cover photo each week with photos of Silicon Prairie-based startups. This is where you come in: we're asking that you send us your best photos, particularly those featuring people (we love smiling faces!) … read more

4048_13e97f65ee_small April 29, 2012 by Christopher New

Des Moines The inaugural OpenIowa is in its homestretch at Startup City Des Moines. The three-day event, sponsored by StartupIowa, is empowering entrepreneurs, developers and designers to utilize a continually-growing set of government databases to create new ways for citizens to access that information. Close to 30 participants signed up for the event, which began on Friday evening and concludes this evening. Participants were tasked … read more

4049_9a52f737fc_small April 29, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Venture capitalist Fred Wilson took his weekly blog series "MBA Mondays" into the classroom this month to share the ins and outs of employee equity. Skillshare, a New York-based startup billed as a "marketplace of classes," facilitated Wilson's hour-long presentation. Wilson began his class by asserting his belief in the importance of awarding employee equity. He summed this up with a comment once left on his blog by Jeff Minsch: "If anyone … read more

April 28, 2012 by Dusty Davidson

Every day I comb through my Google Reader reading sites like Hacker News and others, and star articles that are especially interesting about startups, entrepreneurship and miscellany. read more

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