Silicon Prairie News

2756_84c9277e87_small August 26, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Des Moines Networking, if you ask Mike Templeton, is a dirty word. "For me it generally means standing in a room full of crowded people, blindly introducing myself and my line of work to utter strangers," Templeton, the founder of Introvio, said of networking in a recent blog post. "There are no warnings about people you should avoid, nor are there signals to point out the best people to meet." But with Introvio … read more

2772_9f00aa727c_small August 26, 2011 by Guest Contributor

Cedar Rapids Downtown Cedar Rapids is getting an office space like it has never seen before. Vault, a coworking and collaboration space located on the fifth floor of the historic Guranty Bank Building (302 3rd Ave SE), is offering free community workspace every Wednesday in August for area entrepreneurs and creatives with plans for a full business launch this fall. Vault is a partnership of Corridor CoWorks and Seed Here. Corridor CoWorks owner Theresa Bornbach has created … read more

August 26, 2011 by Brittany Mascio

We're excited to bring you our 67th Opportunities on the Prairie today, with positions from Harvest Retail Marketing and Bozell in Omaha, Eliason Media in Des Moines … read more

2770_295f3eb071_small August 26, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City Pipeline announced this week that applications are now available for the first regional class of its entrepreneurial fellowship. As we reported in April, Pipeline, a five-year-old, Kansas-based program for innovative, high-growth entrepreneurs, is expanding its focus from Kansas to the Midwest a result of … read more

2769_b36c27c3a1_small August 25, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

What is Prairie Moves? 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 … read more

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

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