Silicon Prairie News

6528_8632fc7162_small March 3, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Iowa City With increasingly fast Internet speeds and a growing ability for real-time interactions, innovations in technology are changing the game in traditional education. Now Iowa City, Iowa-based startup Pear Deck is harnessing that technology to help teachers better engage with their students. "What makes it really exciting is that one of the problems for any teacher, especially as class sizes continue to grow, is how you engage all students in a lesson," Michal Eynon-Lynch told Silicon Prairie News ... read more

6538_40f21f3113_small March 3, 2014 by Joey Wolfe

Kansas City Join Silicon Prairie News for our first Kansas City meetup of the year! It's an exciting time for the community as the Sprint Accelerator powered by Techstars welcomes the first class of startups this month. We hope to help feed the wave of momentum by gathering at the Accelerator on Friday, March 20, from 7-10 p.m. ... read more

6539_141e56373c_small March 3, 2014 by Katy Schamberger

Kansas City If you want something done, you’ve got to do it yourself. Sure, it’s an old adage—but for Kansas City entrepreneur and attorney Chris Brown, that way of thinking sparked a new career path. Brown is the brains behind b.Legal Marketing, a full-service marketing firm that works specifically with law firms. And as most entrepreneurs are wont to do, Brown also pursues a side business, Venture Legal, through which he offers legal counsel to startups ... read more

6534_189407e58f_small March 2, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Cedar Rapids The inaugural Startup Weekend Cedar Rapids kicked off Friday evening with more than 100 people gathering at the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance to hear the event's 68 attendees pitch 35 ideas. While nine teams originally were formed on Friday, David Tominksy—one of Startup Weekend Cedar Rapids' organizers—says only eight continued through Saturday… read more

6531_fc00e5f4b7_small March 1, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Des Moines Entrance song if I was a wrestler: This is one of the hardest questions I’ve ever been asked. I could definitely have new one for every match, but let’s start serious with Johnny Cash's "God’s Gonna Cut You Down." read more

6536_0295ca80a9_small February 28, 2014 by Katy Schamberger

Columbia If you’ve spent any time on the Internet, there’s a good chance you’ve run across the term "API,” which stands for application programming interface. Simply put, an API is defined as a set of programming instructions and standards that guide access to a Web-based software application or tool, such as telling Facebook to post an Instagram photo. The definition seems simple enough, yet the concept is complex—sort of like the difference between understanding the definition of a website and trying to build one ... read more

6535_236b678a41_small February 28, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Des Moines Next time you hit the "checkout" button on, you'll have the option of paying with Dwolla. Through Zinc Save—a plugin for Google Chrome—customers are able to order goods online and pay with funds from their Dwolla account ... read more

6532_c8665aa812_small February 28, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Lincoln A bill in the Nebraska legislature would create a $50,000 study to examine ways to support and increase venture capital in the state, including an analysis of best practices in other states. If the bill passes, the study would be completed by December and provide recommendations for future policy suggestions. The same bill, LB1114, also extends the Business Innovation Act's expiration date by five years to December 2021 ... read more

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