Silicon Prairie News

3761_b24eda0a2c_small March 8, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Des Moines To wrap up our coverage of Startup Weekend Des Moines, we've edited down our video of Sunday's three-hour final pitch session to an hour and fifteen minutes, presenting all 16 team pitches and the award ceremony to top it off. Here are winners of the weekend, as selected by judges Ben Milne of Dwolla, Mike Colwell of Business Innovation Zone, Milt Milloy of Springboard Consulting & Capital, and Tej Dhawan and Christian Renaud of StartupCity Des Moines on the criteria … read more

3746_3c770cdc73_small March 8, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Austin "Spring break for nerds" is about to begin – er, I mean – South by Southwest Interactive starts Friday in Austin. The annual event, one of three events that make up the 10-day South by Southwest festival, will bring together nearly 20,000 people from around the world for five days of panels, presentations, parties and discussions around what's happening on or with the web. Amidst its dense crowds, in-depth talks and free drinks, more … read more

3755_a7a434d134_small March 7, 2012 by Chris Wolfgang

Omaha With a history of software consulting and entrepreneurship (think Tripleseat and, oh yes, Silicon Prairie News), Dusty Davidson, 31, is moving on to his next project: Layeredi. Still only four months old, Layeredi, short for Layered Innovations, is a platform for managing mobile marketing campaigns. Currently. "The long-term vision is to provide a suite of tools for marketers to manage their campaigns in one place," Davidson said. "The toolsets out … read more

3757_57b777ec44_small March 7, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Westwood Silicon Prairie News: As someone who's been on both sides of the press release process — writing them and writing stories based on them — what are a few guidelines you follow for crafting an effective press release? | C.J. Moore: I look at press releases just like I look at a news story. You need a good lede; you need good information and you need to tell a story. Usually there’s going to be some cheerleading in most press releases, but if you can distance yourself (I put on my journalism hat), it’s easier to figure out what’s the important information people need to know. The one big difference is sometimes an exec wants to change a quote, and I would never give a coach or athlete that opportunity. That was an … read more

3754_a46d781f69_small March 7, 2012 by Geoff Wood

One of the new series we kicked off for 2012 has proven to be among our most popular. Today, we are excited to announce that Prairie Portraits, which runs three times each week to showcase some of the less-recognizable … read more

3742_443c728a18_small March 7, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Published Tuesdays (one day late this week) 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 … read more

3752_c2e6904f7d_small March 7, 2012 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines This week Iowa Economic Development Authority's Brian Waller and our own Danny Schreiber joined us to talk about Capricorn Investment Group's $5 million investment into Omaha's as well as to preview the Silicon Prairie region's involvement in South by Southwest Interactive. Also, check out the video that Startup Weekend … read more

3753_0dc8c19378_small March 6, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

San Francisco A rocky relationship that we wrote about July has reemerged today with news that TradeHill, a former online Bitcoin exchange based in San Francisco and Chile, on Monday filed a federal lawsuit against Dwolla, an online cash transfer startup based in Des Moines. The lawsuit lists nine complaints, including false advertising, breach of contract and defamation, and seeks, according to Betabeat's … read more

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