Silicon Prairie News

3538_63bbd9873a_small February 8, 2012 by Kate Ellingson

Lincoln The Turbine Flats Project is an "idea community" in Lincoln that began in 2008 with 22 people and 11,500 square feet. Today, some 75 employees work in the space, which has undergone one addition and is in the midst of a second. In December we covered ISoft Data Systems and the company’s CEO, Matthew Wegener. ISoft Data Systems is part of the Turbine Flats Project, which essentially started when ISoft out-grew its old offices and relocated its four employees into a larger space on 9th Street in … read more

3578_44ab027eb5_small February 7, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

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. If you or your company would like to submit one of the items below for our next Prairie Moves post, please email And if you have suggestions on how we could improve these posts or any of our coverage … read more

3592_814cf4ac9b_small February 7, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Omaha When Proxibid president Ryan Downs sat down for an interview with Silicon Prairie News in September, Downs highlighted two goals at the top of his company's to-do list for the immediate future: growth of the marketplace and international expansion. With its latest hire, Proxibid appears to be backing up Downs' talk. The Omaha-based real auction marketplace announced Monday that Larry Latham, billed by Proxibid as an "auction industry pioneer," has joined its team to add focus to its business development strategy. "I am very excited about the opportunity … read more

3589_3da9e778c4_small February 7, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Overland Park During her time practicing law and in the years since, Diana Kander has come to believe that almost no amount of … read more

3588_7851c2d309_small February 7, 2012 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines Join us live today at 2 p.m. for Episode 73 of PrairieCast. Our guests will be Mike Ferrari, co-founder of Social Money Systems, and Mike Colwell, director of the Business Innovation Zone. As you'd expect, we'll cover the news (not rumors this time) that just broke about Dwolla's investment round and also get the inside scoop from Ferrari about all the recent changes at his company. Have you checked out PrairieCast's … read more

3587_b6e7fe2428_small February 7, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Des Moines Dwolla, an online and mobile payments network based in Des Moines, announced today it raised $5 million in a series B round led by Union Square Ventures of New York, with participation from Village Ventures and Thrive Capital, also of New York, Artists & Instigators of West Conshohocken, Penn. (Marc Eckō's venture innovation company) and angel investor Paige Craig of Los Angeles-based Betterworks. "The first round … read more

3586_c92e43bc51_small February 7, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha Two Omahans are among a list of investors named as participants in a $2.5 million Series A round by Artspace, an online marketplace for contemporary art. On Jan. 31, the New York-based startup sent out the announcement, naming 12 investors. Four of them are institutional investors and eight are individuals, including Todd Simon, senior … read more

3591_7843c9b921_small February 7, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Des Moines In January, Betabeat cited un-named sources to report that Dwolla had raised around $10 million in a Series B round led by Union Square Ventures of New York. Dwolla, a Des Moines-based pay online cash transfer startup, responded quickly but passively on Twitter with allusions to songs titled "Rumors." Today … read more

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