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Posts by John T. Meyer
3061_8f95bc4c41_small October 24, 2011 by John T. Meyer

Des Moines Wearing his red, white, and blue Converse sneakers, Scott Case, took the stage Friday afternoon at the Temple for Performing Arts in Des Moines to illustrate the intersection between corporations and startups. Case started by explaining the mission and purpose of the Startup America Partnership. As Case explained, Startup America Partnership strives to offer five things for startups: expertise, support services, talent, customers and capital. …  read more

3053_5013262d70_small October 21, 2011 by John T. Meyer

Des Moines As the morning moved along at the inaugural Thinc Iowa conference today at the Temple for Performing Arts in Des Moines, attendees began to think about lunch, but Paige Craig showed up to shake things up. Craig is the CEO and co-founder of BetterWorks, a company committed to finding a better way to manage employee perks. With a background in the military, Craig has built … read more

2984_4484a5d578_small October 13, 2011 by John T. Meyer

Sioux Falls It's always exciting to feature our Silicon Prairie companies doing excellent work in the national spotlight. It's also no secret that when you do fantastic work, you'll get invited back for more. This was exactly the case with Sioux Falls interactive agency Blend Interactive and its involvement with John Battelle and the Web 2.0 Summit. Last year, we examined how Blend built the Points of Control Map for the 2010 Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco. The concept of last year's map was showcasing … read more

2933_725f77a0cb_small October 10, 2011 by John T. Meyer

In an era owned by smartphones, tablets and free Wi-Fi, the days of snail mail are becoming a distant memory. But since everyone loves a bit of nostalgia, Sincerely, a company dedicated to merging the old sentimentality of mail with new, ever-changing technology, created Postagram. Postagram is an app available for iPhone and Android devices that allows users to send their personal photos as physical postcards anywhere in the world … read more

2951_bb772e126b_small October 5, 2011 by John T. Meyer

Sioux Falls In less than a month, Sioux Falls will be the gathering spot for the eighth annual Innovation Expo, taking place Wednesday, Nov. 2 at the Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center. The Expo, which is hosted by Enterprise Institute, a non-profit that provides business development and services to individuals and startup companies, brings together inventors, researchers and entrepreneurs … read more

2843_83bff6db77_small September 27, 2011 by John T. Meyer

With the proliferation of smart phones in people's hands today, mobile applications have brought new ways to share our everyday lives. Whether through picture or video, a couple swipes of the finger can publish high-quality content to our social networks and online connections. Instagram, a photo-sharing app on the iOS platform, just passed 10 million users in less than a year. But if you want to bring your photos to life in live-action, I have just the tool for you: Viddy. As the website states … read more

2821_03f7a8bca1_small September 9, 2011 by John T. Meyer

If you haven't heard already, the coworking phenomenon is spreading across the country. Right here on Silicon Prairie News we've covered CAMP in Omaha, The Foundry in Des Moines, Meso in Sioux Falls and most recently Vault Coworking in Cedar Rapids. It seems if you're an entrepreneur, why would you work anywhere else? But what these spaces really come down to is great people … 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

2643_e97a7c34be_small August 4, 2011 by John T. Meyer

Feeling buried by email? Scared to wake up in the morning and see how much that unread email number has grown? Dreaming of the day you can reach INBOX ZERO? … read more

2550_fdd281c188_small July 14, 2011 by John T. Meyer

If you've ever tried to share a message or get the word out online, you know this isn't an easy task. Today,the internet is littered with noise, clutter and links that aren't relevant to us. Enter, a new kind of promotional URL shortener that is turning our links into "personalized billboards" and allowing us to "toast" a special slice of our life. is a new … read more

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