Silicon Prairie News

April 18, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Des Moines Technology Association of Iowa president Leann Jacobsen announced Friday that at the end of August she will be to stepping down spend more time in her hometown of Spencer, Iowa. Jacobsen, who has held the position for almost nine years, is the only president TAI has ever had… read more

6725_b314ca9020_small April 18, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Lincoln Seven startups—three with a sports emphasis—were selected for NMotion, the Lincoln startup accelerator beginning June 2. This year’s cohort includes local startups Adolade, Digi Widgets, MusicSpoke and Pixobot, along with out-of-state startups Turnstile Cards,, and Athletepreneur who will be moving to Lincoln… read more

6724_4ab6c48459_small April 18, 2014 by Joey Wolfe

Des Moines The Silicon Prairie News team gathered in Des Moines Thursday night for the city’s first meetup of the year. Prior to the event, staff spent the workday with the fine folks at StartupCity and were able to catch the live taping of the Welch Avenue Show ... read more

6723_7ecbf8ea8c_small April 18, 2014 by Guest Contributor

Omaha (Guest post by Ryan White) Just about a year ago, my dad and I found out we were accepted into the Straight Shot accelerator. Things got real for HuntForce, real fast. We debuted our trail camera photo software in front of hundreds last October. And then the real work began. While we still had the support and help of Straight Shot, Aviture, GoodTwin, Dundee Venture Capital and Treetop Ventures, we were calling the shots and ... read more

6702_c88acc161e_small April 18, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Ionia If there's anyone who truly personifies entrepreneurship in Iowa, it's Carl Blake. A software engineer with no formal training turned innovative hog farmer, Blake is the cross-section of what Iowa's economy has been traditionally known for and what it's working to become ... read more

April 18, 2014 by Silicon Prairie News

Every week, Silicon Prairie News presents opportunities in the region's tech, startup and creative community. From a contract job to a co-founder role, these positions are submitted by companies… read more

April 18, 2014 by Megan Bannister

West Des Moines It's a big day for data center news in central Iowa. First, the Des Moines Register reported that construction on Altoona's $300 million Facebook data center has sparked economic development and small business growth. Then the Register announced that the proposed West Des Moines data center… read more

6713_15694e5c11_small April 17, 2014 by Sponsor Author

Omaha In 1916, Ford built a factory in North Omaha to manufacture Model T cars. Over the next century, it's had a history that includes a 50-year run as the Tip Top factory—the maker of hair curlers and bobby pins—then a tire warehouse until someone bought the building to repurpose it… read more

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