Silicon Prairie News

2768_0d86253a9f_small August 25, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines Wednesday's Dwolla meetup brought out a cross section of the business and technology community from throughout Des Moines. The Dwolla team estimated more than 350 people passed through doors, first for a social at Americana, then next door at Zart. Dwolla founder Ben Milne was the event's headliner, announcing his company's new product … read more

2766_7e05f8e120_small August 25, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Iowa City After years of nurturing two companies and overseeing both as they grew side by side, Josh Cramer decided it was best for both of his babies to bid adieu to one. Cramer, 35, the founder of Iowa City-based shops Cramer Dev and Cramer IT, recently sold Cramer IT to focus on Cramer Dev, a decision he explained in a recent blog post. Cramer IT closed its sale to Circle Computer Resources, which is based in Cedar Rapids, on July 1. CCR retained Cramer IT's entire team and its office space. Cramer sold his entire stake in the company but is currently assisting in a transitional period, which he said has unfolded without any major hiccups. … read more

2752_271394dd72_small August 25, 2011 by John T. Meyer

Sioux Falls In the past two years, we've seen and featured coworking spaces popping up on the Silicon Prairie. The Foundry opened in October of 2009 in Des Moines. CAMP emerged last summer in Omaha, and we recently mentioned Vault Coworking, set to launch in Cedar Rapids this fall. The coworking phenomenon continues to spread across the prairie with the arrival of Meso in Sioux Falls. Josh Aberson, a Sioux Falls entrepreneur … read more

2755_6d47c581b6_small August 25, 2011 by Brittany Mascio

Des Moines Whether by train or plane or automobile, travelers have their pick of transportation when it comes to cross-country trips, and now with the idea for DriveOR making the most affordable choice may become easier. DriveOR seeks to map out the most cost-efficient transportation for any traveler by comparing the routes and methods available from point A to point B. The web application plans to partner with airline and travel sites, in addition to gas stations to provide up-to-date pricing for consumers to make the best travel decisions for their budget. … read more

2763_9b05944894_small August 24, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Des Moines Dwolla today announced a private beta of a new iOS platform, called Proxi. The new technology from the Des Moines-based startup will allow users to convert their Dwolla-enabled devices (iOS for now, with Android and Windows Phone soon to follow) into movable Spots, seamlessly making and taking payments without additional hardware like NFC or dongles, which are prerequisites of other mobile payment systems. Dwolla's new feature uses GPS technology to give users a real-time … read more

2765_ae7d868107_small August 24, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Des Moines Not able to make it out to tonight's Dwolla meetup at Americana (1312 Locust St. in Des Moines)? Not to worry; we'll have it here. Tune in starting at 6 p.m. for the meetup, which will feature the unveiling of Dwolla's latest innovation, Proxi (we'll have more on that on Silicon Prairie News in just a few minutes). Plus, in their traditional meetup fashion … read more

2762_13cb79f3f1_small August 24, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines I love that our friends in the larger publications in Des Moines are writing more and more about the startup community in the area (did you see Juice just highlighted "The Startup Scene" as part of their "Hot in Des Moines" issue?), and I was especially excited to see that the Business Record ran a story on entrepreneurial education in Iowa's largest universities, "Students see benefits to entrepreneurial studies." Writer Kyle Oppenhuizen interviewed … read more

2761_1b3efc08f9_small August 24, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines Always planning ahead, Andy prepared our 52nd episode since I was scheduled to spend the week across the street as a dutiful juror at the Polk County Courthouse. However, the trial wrapped a good 20 minutes before showtime, so I jumped in the second chair to join guests Norah Carroll of Lava Row and Mike Colwell of the BIZCI and … read more

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