Silicon Prairie News

3505_1604b01788_small January 25, 2012 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines This week on PrairieCast our guests were Sayer Martin of Sagacious, Inc and Jordan Lampe of Dwolla. It was great timing, as we chatted with Lampe and the rest of the panel about the rumors of a Union Square Ventures-led Series B funding round for Dwolla and also looked back at how the SOPA Blackout Day played out throughout the region. Additionally, we debuted … read more

3473_efde7f5188_small January 24, 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 … read more

3501_2a9001f0c2_small January 24, 2012 by Guest Contributor

(This is a guest post by Jimmy Winter.) Well internet, you've really done it this time. You didn't just like a friend's Facebook post and add a ribbon to your Twitter avatar, but you did some good old fashioned, hi-tech reaching out to your elected representatives. The effort to stop the advancement of the Stop Online Piracy Act ("SOPA") and the … read more

3499_a7a9d38567_small January 24, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Des Moines StartupCity Des Moines, a tech startup incubator which opened its doors in October, is the focus of a short video on MSN's Business on Main, which is billed as an "entrepreneur's source for news and commentary on today's pressing small-business issues" "A tech incubator is born in an unlikely place," MSN's Chris Cashman says to open the video. Christian Renaud, a principal … read more

3498_dd3119db22_small January 24, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Kansas City LiveOn, a site enabling users to capture memories and share with loved ones, is a finalist for the South by Southwest Interactive Awards, an event recognizing the year's best new digital work. Based in Kansas City, LiveOn was named one of five finalists in the … read more

3496_7cbfacd571_small January 24, 2012 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines Join us live at 2 p.m. for this week's PrairieCast. Our guests include first-timer Sayer Martin of Sagacious, Inc. and returning guest Jordan Lampe of Dwolla. We'll be discussing the week's biggest stories including the SOPA/PIPA Blackout Day and the rumors that broke on Friday of an upcoming Union Square Ventures …  read more

3484_9a3b360d0d_small January 23, 2012 by Brittany Mascio

Omaha By this point in the semester, you're well beyond syllabus day in your Spring classes, you've tried to stifle your Facebook addiction once or twice and you've hit the library more this semester than ever before. Now that you're starting to get into the swing of things, why not jump the gun on your internship search. That's where the Silicon Prairie News Startup Job Crawl comes in. From 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday … read more

3493_14ffd4bd06_small January 23, 2012 by Sponsor Author

(This is a sponsor post by Chris Bernard of Microsoft BizSpark.) There's an old adage that the best way to describe a job you love is that you would do it for free. I'm fortunate enough in my role in Microsoft that I've been able to experience that opportunity by working and meeting with investors, entrepreneurs and startups from all walks of life and … read more

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