Silicon Prairie News

3699_1df6dca17b_small February 27, 2012 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines Tune in tomorrow at 2 p.m. for Episode 76 of PrairieCast streaming live from Des Moines. We'll be joined by guests Tej Dhawan of Startup City Des Moines (far left) and Andrew Kirpalani of Ensighten (near left). Discussion topics will include Iowa political ties to the current Startup Visa legislation and … read more

3697_ae68d51ea5_small February 27, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Omaha Silicon Prairie News: A little more than six months since the launch of Grain & Mortar, what are some unforeseen benefits that have come about from the fusion of Image Made and DownsDesign? | Kristin DeKay: I would say the most beneficial thing would be multiple points of view. Since there are three of us, we have the ability to make more rounded business decisions. We've also managed to clarify who we are or what we do, and have increased our offerings. We've also seen an increase in the brand strategy work that comes our way, which is great. | SPN: One of your Grain & Mortar co-owners, Mike, is also your husband. What are some guidelines you'd recommend for making that … read more

3679_8e3f531b74_small February 27, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City Get Thad Langford going, and he'll talk at length about the importance of entrepreneurs who have made successful exits investing in other startups. With his involvement in Leap2, Langford is walking the walk to back that talk. Langford, who is currently the executive in residence at OpenAir Equity Partners, was at the helm of Zave Networks when it was acquired by Google in September. Since that acquisition, Langford seems to have … read more

3695_d70337f2f9_small February 27, 2012 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines In February, Emily Harris, a shareholder in the Davis Brown Law Firm's Intellectual Property Practice, presented "IP Legislative Updated." Here's a description of her talk from the Business Innovation Zone's website: With the impending implementation of the largest changes in United States patent law and the recent headlines around cyber piracy legislation, Emily Harris, (Intellectual … read more

3686_f7e0832876_small February 27, 2012 by Adrienne Baughman

Des Moines As Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad attends the National Governors Association meeting in Washington, DC, today, some key startup legislation is currently being held in the Senate Judiciary Committee by fellow Iowa Republican, U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley. "I think we are really looking at about a six week window for Congress to act," said Cameron Cushman, an associate … read more

3691_ef666c0c82_small February 27, 2012 by Brittany Mascio

Every Monday, look for our events post to keep you in the loop on the happenings of the week. From meetups and conferences to workshops and pitch sessions, if it's happening in the Silicon Prairie, you'll find it here. For more, visit our … read more

3690_c300f94630_small February 26, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Peter Kageyama, a community and economic development consultant and author of "For the Love of Cities," thinks that we need to find more lovers for our cities. "Ultimately, the element that makes for the most lovable cities are the people themselves who are in love with the city, the ones who are those living embodiments of a love note," Kageyama said in a presentation at TEDxIowaCity in November. A love note, as he defines it, is a … read more

3688_6e66c02905_small February 25, 2012 by Christopher New

With the Oscars on Sunday, great films are on our minds. But while 2011 was a good year for movies of most varieties, there was no "The Social Network" on tap to feed the appetites of the startup-minded. So if you're starved for some inspiration, go back and check out these six films about entrepreneurship,* any of which will get you more charged-up than a Gary Vaynerchuck keynote. Here's my top five films about entrepreneurship: 5. "Batman Begins" (2005) This little gem of a superhero … read more

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