Silicon Prairie News

3633_ab9833b7de_small February 14, 2012 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines This week we had two PrairieCast rookies on the show, OpenAir Equity Partners' executive-in-residence Thad Langford and Drake University social media strategy instructor Chris Snider. We discussed the successful efforts of Snider's class to procure a badge for Des Moines on the popular social platform foursquare, Langford's investment in Kansas City-based … read more

3629_22f058a332_small February 14, 2012 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines Join us at 2 p.m. for Episode 74 of PrairieCast streaming live from Des Moines. Guests this week are Chris Snider, a multimedia journalism instructor at Drake University, and Thad Langford, the former president of Zave Networks and current executive in residence at OpenAir Equity Partners. … read more

3628_33d193215d_small February 14, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Fast Company, a magazine dedicated to reporting on "fast companies" and entrepreneurs, has released its annual "World's 50 Most Innovative Companies" list to highlight organizations "whose innovations are having an impact across their industries and our culture." Two startups with Silicon Prairie ties received a nod as a part of the ranking. Dwolla, based in Des Moines, was named No. 8 in the finance industry's to 10, joining notable startups Square and Kickstarter. Zaarly, based in San Francisco with an office in Kansas City, Mo., was named No. 7 in the web/internet industry's top 10, alongside hot startups Airbnb and Dropbox. Also receiving recognition … read more

3616_94253aeebc_small February 14, 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, please contact … read more

3627_91ca0acff5_small February 14, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and Think Big Partners today announced that they are teaming up with H&R Block to host a new innovation and entrepreneurship conference later this year. The all-day conference, which is a combination of two events — the Chamber's Innovation Conference and Think Big Kansas City — that were held separately last year … read more

3626_9a0f448cde_small February 14, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

West Des Moines Social Money Systems, the recently introduced new parent company of SmartyPig, today announced the opening of an office in Chandigarh, India. The office, which is the company's first outside its West Des Moines headquarters, will hold four employees, Social Money co-founder Mike Ferrari said last week. The news comes on the heels of Social Money's GoalSaver announcement … read more

3624_f025eb2cae_small February 13, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City Following Google's announcement last Monday via its Fiber Blog that "Kansas City is Fiber-ready," Silicon Prairie News reached out to the Mountain View, Calif.-based search and advertising giant for additional details about the timeline for the implementation of its ultra high-speed network in the Kansas City area. The specifics of that timeline are TBD — or, at least, TBA. "We're building infrastructure, and so I guess the next step will be when we release all of our marketing and … read more

3603_ef771eca51_small February 13, 2012 by Macy Koch

Des Moines Torsion Mobile, a Des Moines-based startup building mobile solutions for creative professionals, released its first product, Mojaba, in early February with the mission to make mobile websites easier to build. Mojaba, pronounced "mo-jah-ba," was developed for the nearly 80 percent of websites not currently formatted for mobile devices, Torsion co-founders Christian Gurney (far left) and Richard Kirsner … read more

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