Silicon Prairie News

4064_1a1e433295_small May 1, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Des Moines Silicon Prairie News: What current project or undertaking at Goodsmiths excites you the most, and why? | Brandon Ruschill: Honestly (and this is what makes me a terrible interviewee), everything. I love to hear about what people want and then build it, or what people think is terrible and then fix it. If I did have to pick a project, though, it'd be implementing the activity stream portion of our site. It was a situation where I was asked to build it and thought, "I have no idea what I'm doing, so I should probably get started." Though fairly small in scale, it's one of the things I'm most proud of thus far … read more

4063_9f40628d82_small May 1, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City Cognovant, a Kansas City, Mo.-based startup that specializes in personal health record technology for mobile devices, announced today that it has closed a $500,000 seed round. That capital will help fund Cognovant's first product, a mobile application called PocketHealth. PocketHealth is a personal health record designed to capture data that allows users to manage their wellness. With PocketHealth, medical … read more

4058_a23233cc68_small May 1, 2012 by Brittany Mascio

Omaha We're kicking off Big Omaha 2012 with the biggest welcoming bash we've ever had. Open to the public, the party begins at 8 p.m. at The Slowdown, a rock club and bar located in Omaha's emerging North Downtown district, on Wednesday, May 9. Attendees, this is the first time you'll meet one another and have an opportunity to pick up your Big Omaha bling – lanyards and badges – and put some names and faces together … read more

4045_0db3dbfd8f_small May 1, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Published Tuesdays and Fridays, 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, please contact … read more

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

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