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2441_3056fc4e9b_small June 22, 2011 by William Fisher

Omaha I was fascinated with Mike Liddy (technical co-founder of FDR) and his ability to dissect problems into subsets and attack them. He had a very simple process that was very effective. Mike would come into a meeting (invited or not) and just observe. I still remember the first time I ever met him; it was right after I joined FDR and we were trying to decide what approach to take to handle a certain … read more

2396_594b0bd68f_small June 22, 2011 by Danny Schreiber & Brittany Mascio

Published every Tuesday (one day late this week), 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 on how we could improve these … read more

2437_b653825c68_small June 21, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines On this week's PrairieCast Andy Brudtkuhl and I were joined by guests Emma Peterson of Tikly and Alexander Grgurich of Foundry Coworking and TEDx Des Moines. Discussed this week: Zaarly adds Arrington to investor list, sets sights on seven core cities, Dwolla hits $1M a week in transactions, Iowa usage surpassedDwolla hits $1M a week in ... read more

2436_5db829c1d5_small June 21, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

Des Moines In a guest post on this site addressing the recent attention given to Dwolla because of Bitcoin, Dwolla founder and CEO Ben Milne wrote: "I can’t go a day without talking about it or being asked about it. Whether it's the CEO of a billion-dollar company, a friend in passing, a reporter or someone in the financial institution space … apparently, I’m the guy to ask." Up until today, Milne hasn't publicly commented on Bitcoin. In fact, he's done the complete opposite. "I’ve been working very hard to keep … read more

2435_3a708aee9b_small June 21, 2011 by Guest Contributor

Des Moines Our PR guy asked me if the second sentence is necessary. I personally believe it is. Why? Because if you think about it… It's more likely your going to buy a banana than a bitcoin and yet… Even reading this you’re probably spending time trying to wrap your head around what the heck cryptocurrency is and the extension of what it means to our economy, banking system, and trade… Is that is kind of… Mind blowing… And when minds are blown… You get hype… "OMG what is happening. Is virtual … read more

2388_4c59d41a76_small June 21, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City Videos from the Kauffman Labs Education Ventures Program at The Ewing Muriel Kauffman Foundation are now available on the foundation's website. The Education Ventures Program on June 7 marked the culmination of a fourth-month program in which 23 aspiring entrepreneurs immersed themselves in the Labs’ intensive, hands-on curriculum … read more

2433_e4cdea80fb_small June 21, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines Tune in today at 2 p.m. CDT for Episode 43 of PrairieCast streaming live from Des Moines! We'll be joined by guests Emma Peterson, founder of Tikly, and Alexander Grgurich, Director of Foundry Coworking and facilitator of this weekend's TEDx Des Moines. Discussion topics will include recent milestones … read more

2416_1ff9979215_small June 21, 2011 by Brittany Mascio

Omaha The folks at Bozell have added a new piece, and potentially many pieces, to the mobile puzzle through their recent work with QR codes. In May, the marketing company paired designers and programmers to create QRinkle, a free QR code generator. … read more

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