Silicon Prairie News

Thinc Iowa
4802_cdd8960d31_small October 1, 2012 by Brittany Mascio

Des Moines Part of what makes our Thinc Iowa conference more than a conference is the time around the keynotes. In these moments, magic happens – people connect, inspiration strikes and ideas mature. The first opportunity for that magic is Oct. 9 at our Thinc Iowa Opening Party with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. The venue for this party is Wooly's, a music hot spot in the historic East Village of downtown Des Moines. … read more

4794_a345b438f7_small September 28, 2012 by Brittany Mascio

Des Moines Earlier this week we announced our final additions to this year's Thinc Iowa lineup, including Steve Case, co-founder and former CEO of AOL and current chairman of the Startup America Partnership. Today, we're excited to reveal the full event schedule, complete with parties and speaker times.* Find speaker bios, photos and event details on and stay tuned to Silicon Prairie News for the most up-to-date information on … read more

4778_89248973a0_small September 25, 2012 by Brittany Mascio

Des Moines To round out our Thinc Iowa 2012 speaker slate, we couldn't be more excited to announce the addition of three entrepreneurs, including Steve Case, co-founder and former CEO of AOL. Case, a pivotal figure in the evolution of the internet, led AOL to its peak and negotiated the company's merger with Time Warner, a deal that catapulted Case as a leader and "one of the nation's greatest entrepreneurs," according to CNBC. Case is currently the chairman of the Startup America Partnership, and co-chair of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. In addition to his role with Startup America, Case is the chairman and CEO of Revolution – an investment firm that has backed more than two dozen companies, including LivingSocial, Zipcar … read more

4781_e12e9c40ee_small September 25, 2012 by Geoff Wood

Last week, we announced that the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the top sponsor of Thinc Iowa 2012, would give away six tickets to our upcoming event. To enter, individuals were asked to answer this question: "How can the Silicon Prairie region (in and around Omaha, Des Moines and Kansas City) better collaborate to improve conditions for all entrepreneurs in the area?" With the regional community in mind, tickets are being awarded to two individuals … read more

4767_0c9e857833_small September 22, 2012 by Jeff Slobotski

We're thrilled to have investor, entrepreneur and author Brad Feld join us in Des Moines in a little more than two weeks to present at Thinc Iowa 2011, our conference on innovation and entrepreneurship. Brad's work in Boulder, Colo. has served as a model for what we've been building within the Silicon Prairie News community since 2008. In looking to a city like Boulder, one that has not only branded … read more

4764_9d1ecb5841_small September 21, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Des Moines Innovator or instigator. Entrepreneur or wantapaneur. Startup founder or startup fan. No matter how you identify yourself, we invite you to join us at Thinc Iowa 2012, our sixth conference on innovation and entrepreneurship. The two-and-a-half-day event kicks off with an opening party at 8 p.m. on Oct. 9, which is just a little more than two weeks away. Tickets still remain, with friendly discounts available for entrepreneurs, startups, students and non-profits. … read more

4749_e999b6b1d5_small September 20, 2012 by Geoff Wood

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the premeir sponsor of Thinc Iowa 2012, wants to hear your ideas to make the Silicon Prairie a more collaborative region for entrepreneurs and startups. In exchange, they want to send you to Thinc Iowa and, while you're there, buy you dinner. The six individuals who submit the best answers to the question below earn a free ticket (a $449 value) and … read more

4745_3408fb8e76_small September 19, 2012 by Brittany Mascio

Des Moines Today, we're adding two skilled entrepreneurs to our Thinc Iowa lineup who will share their story, provide guidance and lend pointers to give attendees perspective with what they're working on. At Thinc Iowa Oct. 9-11, we're spinning a web of support for hustlers, entrepreneurs, investors and doers … read more

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