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4937_db565c7889_small October 26, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Des Moines Tara Hunt, the co-founder Buyosphere and director of digital content at Tuxedo Agency, opened her talk Oct. 11 at Thinc Iowa 2012 with an admission. "I'm used to giving really motivational, inspirational speeches that are about kicking ass and taking names," she said, "and I haven't been feeling so kicking ass and taking names recently." … read more

4934_afffc3fcb2_small October 25, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Des Moines Steve Case, the co-founder and former CEO of AOL and current chairman of the Startup America Partnership, spoke Oct. 10 at Thinc Iowa 2012 about where his entrepreneurial journey has taken him and how he hopes the U.S. will continue to nurture entrepreneurs. "As a nation, it's important that we double down on entrepreneurship and make sure that we have the right policies in place," Case said. After … read more

4924_e95c85cc8b_small October 24, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Des Moines Thinc Iowa 2012 emcee Antonio Neves took the stage Oct. 10 to prepare our 400-plus attendees for two days of presentations packed with inspiration, motivation and education. Like Neves, this post is here to prepare you for the Thinc Iowa 2012 Video Series that starts tomorrow. This three-week series presents one speaker video per day. Thinc Iowa featured a diverse mix of speakers, from the co-founder of one the nation's most storied internet startups … read more

4878_374692b7a2_small October 11, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Des Moines Jeremie Miller can trace the roots of his startup, Singly, back to a conversation in an Iowa farm field in 2010. He stood in that field — on the farm in Dubuque County where the movie Field of Dreams was filmed — talking with one of his eventual Singly co-founders about the untapped potential in social app data. If ever there were a snapshot that summed up Miller, it was that Rockwellian tableau. In his talk today at Thinc Iowa, Miller told the … read more

4879_0d424338a9_small October 11, 2012 by Riane Menardi

Des Moines Brad Feld believes that a thriving startup community can exist anywhere in the world. "There's a startup revolution going on in our society right now, and I think everyone in this room is a part of it," Feld said at Thinc Iowa 2012 today. Feld, the a co-founder of venture capital firm Foundry Group and startup accelerator TechStars, among other business ventures, recently released … read more

4880_0525fd4761_small October 11, 2012 by John T. Meyer

Des Moines Ryan Graves knows and values hustle. His path to become a vice president at Uber began with a Twitter reply to the startup's co-founder. His arrival at Thinc Iowa on Wednesday, he said, marked the end of his first vacation in four years. As the final speaker of the second-year event, Graves shared personal stories that could inspire that kind of hustle in attendees gathered at The Temple for Performing Arts. Following those stories, Graves gave … read more

4876_39fb4f4b80_small October 11, 2012 by Annie Sorensen

Des Moines "People love TV," said Idan Cohen, co-founder of Boxee, as he kicked off his talk at Thinc Iowa 2012 this afternoon at The Temple for Performing Arts. Providing a cheaper and more user-friendly and integrated option for watching television is Cohen's mission and the reason he founded Boxee, a freeware media player software platform. "We decided to create a piece of software that was a media center," Cohen said. … read more

4877_5fb6ffd8df_small October 11, 2012 by Macy Koch

Des Moines Author, mom, and startup founder Tara Hunt took the stage at The Temple for Performing Arts with a little hesitation. Even with experience working with over 30 startups, she began her talk at Thinc Iowa 2012 by admitting she felt less than enthused about the story she was going to tell. That story chronicled the route her company, Buyosphere, has taken leading up to today's public launch, and the story shed light on the not-so-glamorous side of … read more

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