Silicon Prairie News

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

3718_c44feee8fc_small March 6, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Lincoln Archrival last week laid claim to another Facebook first. Archrival, the Lincoln-based youth marketing agency that's part of the Austin, Texas-based Dachis Group, launched Red Bull's new Facebook Timeline as one of a select few Facebook partners that were given early access to Timeline for brands. As part of the new Red Bull Facebook page, Archrival introduced Red Bull Timeline Timewarp … read more

3750_ce0d337bf4_small March 6, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City The Missouri Department of Economic Development announced in a press release Monday that RareWire is … read more

3749_e9f79cc4c4_small March 6, 2012 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines Tune in today at 2 p.m. for Episode 77 of PrairieCast streaming live from Des Moines. We'll be joined by Brian Waller of the Iowa Economic Development Authority and our own Danny Schreiber to talk about Bloom's big funding and to preview the Silicon Prairie's involvement in South By Southwest Interactive this weekend. Did you miss last week's show? Check … read more

3744_3f743b5b60_small March 6, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City Kansas City's Technology Entrepreneur Speakers Program is back for 2012, and the first three of the program's six speakers for the year have been confirmed. Maria Flynn, the president and CEO of Orbis Biosciences, will present at the first … read more

3739_8f84fc2204_small March 5, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Des Moines Silicon Prairie News: What one development over the last five years has most changed the way you teach journalism? | Chris Snider: The amount of new tools out there. We could spend all day just teaching the tools and never get through them all, so that has forced me to focus more on the concepts that make good journalism or good design and less on the actual tools. When I was in college, we knew we would graduate and then go use Quark and Photoshop as designers. Now, who knows what programs these students will use in 2-4 years? | SPN: Knowing the exact answer to his question would make you a very wealthy man, but … read more

3737_b97ca50086_small March 5, 2012 by Chris Wolfgang

Omaha Matt Medlock remembers the project that made him recognize the inefficiency of how contract work is financed. "It was for a basement. At the end of the project, I got no bill for 60 days," he said. "I'm a formally trained finance guy. I don't know you, but I know you need this money. What is this guy doing for cash flow?" It can be tough for small-business owners to find time to work their craft and follow-up with an invoice and collect. And what about before the project … read more

3734_33ad037615_small March 5, 2012 by Riane Menardi

Des Moines During the course of 54 hours, more than 100 developers, designers and business people congregated in StartupCity Des Moines for a weekend of innovation and creation. They came, they pitched, they built — and on Sunday night they pitched again. The judges deliberated over the 16 startups of Startup Weekend Des Moines, and three were crowned the winners: doodle cloud. An iPhone and iPad app that allows children to snap a photo of a cloud, draw and decorate it with stickers, then send … read more

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