Silicon Prairie News

3508_a0770cf029_small January 25, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Des Moines Bio: I'm a St. Louis native but, after 11 years here, consider Des Moines home. I have a bachelor's in Journalism and a master's in Communications, which really just means I'm skilled at bullshitting. | Title: City Manager at StartupCity Des Moines (event planning, social media, dorm mom). | City: A proud resident of the 50309 — downtown Des Moines, Iowa | Website: … read more

3506_3c32367741_small January 25, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Washington, D.C. The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation will host its third annual State of Entrepreneurship Address on Feb. 9 to explore methods of promoting entrepreneurship, sparking innovation and accelerating economic growth through changes in state law and policy. The event will be held in Washington, D.C., but it will have a distinct Silicon Prairie flavor … read more

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

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