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4837_531a65973d_small October 9, 2012 by Christopher New

Des Moines A group of citizens braved chilly October weather on Saturday to meet on the Locust Street bridge in downtown Des Moines for the Iowa Internet Uncaucus, a part of the nine-city Internet 2012 Bus Tour created by reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian and general manager Erik Martin. Participants viewed 13 soapbox presentations by members of the community advocating changes that ranged from greater participation in local elections to water … read more

4719_a293c847b2_small September 12, 2012 by Christopher New

Des Moines A cadre of startup companies gathered Tuesday at StartupCity Des Moines and Dwolla's headquarters in downtown Des Moines as part of the Iowa Startup Fair, a week-long, multi-location series of events around the state to showcase Iowa entrepreneurs to the public. This was the second Startup Fair this year, with January's event attracting 105 startups and more than 400 attendees in seven locations across the state. Tuesday's event in Des Moines showcased 33 startups and drew 75 … read more

4402_c8d0babe2c_small July 12, 2012 by Christopher New

Des Moines With the recent retirement of Version 1 of Hatchlings, we turn our attention to Version 2 of the online social egg-gathering game. Brad Dwyer, the Panora, Iowa-based founder and CEO of Hatchlings, sat down with us at Big Omaha in May during beta testing for Version 2 to demo Hatchlings' new user interface, which is HTML5-based, is more graphically … read more

4050_18c6026404_small April 30, 2012 by Christopher New

Des Moines An application that uses public data in an effort to make parks safer emerged Sunday as the winner of the inaugural OpenIowa at StartupCity Des Moines. SuperRanger, an app created by the team of Drew Maifeld, Yas Kuraishi, Melissa Burkheimer and Bethany Wilcoxon, took took home first place and a $500 prize at the conclusion of OpenIowa, a three-day event put on by StartupIowa. … read more

4048_13e97f65ee_small April 29, 2012 by Christopher New

Des Moines The inaugural OpenIowa is in its homestretch at Startup City Des Moines. The three-day event, sponsored by StartupIowa, is empowering entrepreneurs, developers and designers to utilize a continually-growing set of government databases to create new ways for citizens to access that information. Close to 30 participants signed up for the event, which began on Friday evening and concludes this evening. Participants were tasked … read more

3688_6e66c02905_small February 25, 2012 by Christopher New

With the Oscars on Sunday, great films are on our minds. But while 2011 was a good year for movies of most varieties, there was no "The Social Network" on tap to feed the appetites of the startup-minded. So if you're starved for some inspiration, go back and check out these six films about entrepreneurship,* any of which will get you more charged-up than a Gary Vaynerchuck keynote. Here's my top five films about entrepreneurship: 5. "Batman Begins" (2005) This little gem of a superhero … read more

3641_8701542c21_small February 16, 2012 by Christopher New & Michael Stacy

Des Moines Back in December, we brought you the story of Urban Plains Magazine, a website and iPad magazine put together by Drake University seniors in Jeff Inman's senior capstone class. Then last month, an Urban Plains application for the iPad was released into the App Store. Today, we bring you a close-up a look at that app. … read more

3573_c501a40d4f_small February 3, 2012 by Christopher New & Michael Stacy

Des Moines As we reported in a story published Thursday, more than 400 people attended Iowa’s first Startup Fair, held Wednesday evening in six venues across the state. Designed to create valuable connections between the startup and broader business communities, the free event included exhibits from more than 100 … read more

3561_5c1d4c87d0_small February 1, 2012 by Christopher New

Des Moines Given the record temperatures on the last day of January, Tuesday evening's Iowa Startup Fair could probably have been held outdoors at the state fairgrounds. But since meteorologists' predictive powers are still far short of Nostradamus, the crowd at StartupCity Des Moines, Amici and other area locations would have to just crack some windows to approximate that fairground feeling. As it was, six locations between Des Moines, Pella and Cedar Rapids opened as public, free exhibition … read more

3286_155e64d901_small December 9, 2011 by Christopher New

Des Moines Assistant prof. Jeff Inman's senior magazine capstone at Drake University feels equal parts college-newspaper-the-night-before-press and professional blog newsroom. Perhaps that's because the veteran of alternative weeklies, including Des Moines' Cityview, runs this class of over a dozen senior journalism students like a commercial publication. … read more

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