Silicon Prairie News

3061_8f95bc4c41_small October 24, 2011 by John T. Meyer

Des Moines Wearing his red, white, and blue Converse sneakers, Scott Case, took the stage Friday afternoon at the Temple for Performing Arts in Des Moines to illustrate the intersection between corporations and startups. Case started by explaining the mission and purpose of the Startup America Partnership. As Case explained, Startup America Partnership strives to offer five things for startups: expertise, support services, talent, customers and capital. …  read more

3070_f3b0769662_small October 24, 2011 by Dan Beenken

Des Moines From discussion of how to approach marketing like MacGyver to stories of stripping pizza down to its "naked" essence, Robbie Vitrano of Trumpet Group packed plenty into his time on stage Friday afternoon at Thinc Iowa. Vitrano leads New Orleans-based Trumpet, a venture marketing company with a mission focused on advocacy, optimism and socially responsible capitalism. That work shaped his talk Friday. … read more

3062_68677dd783_small October 24, 2011 by Michael Quinlan

Des Moines Douglas Olson brings almost two decades of lessons learned in the software business and entrepreneurial development to his current position as the partner director of development for Microsoft’s suite of creative design and media applications: Microsoft Expression Studio. Now the head of the Expression team, Olson manages development and user experience within Expression Studio. … read more

3064_78263fa6bb_small October 24, 2011 by Royce Haynes

Des Moines Thinc Iowa's afternoon session Friday began with Ben Milne, who is (or should be) a known name to Silicon Prairie News readers. Milne is the CEO and co-founder of Dwolla. He started the company based on a problem he had with his previous startup: high interchange fees. With an understanding of interchange fees, a term used in the banking industry to describe fees paid between banks, Milne wanted to change how payments are made … read more

3065_da58d3f86e_small October 21, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Des Moines That, as they say in show business, is a wrap. The nine speakers at our inaugural Thinc Iowa conference have all said their piece, and now we're just a closing party away from officially wrapping things up. If you couldn't make it to the conference and didn't catch the live stream, we have you covered; the Silicon Prairie News team wrote recaps of each one of today's talks. We've posted five already … read more

3063_a549b20049_small October 21, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Des Moines Ben Silbermann is the co-founder of a startup, Pinterest, that just closed a $27 million round and has been heralded as the “hottest startup of late in Silicon Valley." His work led one Thinc Iowa conference-goer to suggest during a Q&A session that Silbermann's alma matter, Des Moines' Roosevelt High School, build a statue in his honor. But if Silbermann is overly impressed by any of that, it certainly … read more

3053_5013262d70_small October 21, 2011 by John T. Meyer

Des Moines As the morning moved along at the inaugural Thinc Iowa conference today at the Temple for Performing Arts in Des Moines, attendees began to think about lunch, but Paige Craig showed up to shake things up. Craig is the CEO and co-founder of BetterWorks, a company committed to finding a better way to manage employee perks. With a background in the military, Craig has built … read more

3048_2d25ae45d5_small October 21, 2011 by Dan Beenken

Des Moines With Thinc Iowa only a few hours old, a strong theme was already emerging when Luke Vandermillen, who leads marketing for retirement and investor services at the Principal Financial Group, took the stage: the importance of listening to the customer. I think it’s a stereotype that large firms don’t listen and the small ones do. Vandermillen did a great job of dispelling that myth by focusing his … read more

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