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6630_0d3ed65804_small March 24, 2014 by Guest Contributor

Austin (Guest post by Ryan O'Connell) Often nicknamed “spring break for entrepreneurs,” SXSW is increasingly becoming a party rather than a conference. But don’t be fooled by its massive size or fun atmosphere, it’s still a serious opportunity. Startup founders trek to Austin annually in hopes of becoming the new GroupMe or Twitter ... read more

6623_9a6ae0c551_small March 21, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Austin You'll have to excuse Nick Bowden for the late response. The co-founder and CEO of "Gov 2.0" startup MindMixer has been busy since a whirlwind 24 hours at SXSW. On March 10, he led a discussion about MindMixer, analytics, local governments and how they are thinking about data and engaging constituients. Nearly 100 attended, he said ... read more

6581_0a74ba85f3_small March 13, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Austin Last week Bawte co-founder and CEO John Jackovin traveled to Austin for South by Southwest Interactive, but before he even set foot in the Lone Star State, Jackovin was looking for opportunities to share his startup with a larger audience. "This was my first SXSW so I went in pretty blind," he said. "I used the SXSW website and ... read more

6582_6d845ab87a_small March 12, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Austin Last week when entrepreneurs from around the world flocked to Austin for South by Southwest Interactive, the Silicon Prairie was well represented. While there were Iowa and Kansas City parties, a bevy of startup pitches and countless business cards exchanged, a handful of entrepreneurs also have taken the time to reflect on the festival. To share her experiences in Austin, Kaylee Williams (left) of Des Moines' VolunteerLocal teamed up ... read more

March 7, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Austin Des Moines startup Bawte gained some national recognition Friday when co-founder John Jackovin took second place in the ReleaseIT at SXSW pitch competition. “It’s always a good idea to pitch ... read more

6557_b5c0629e50_small March 7, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Austin While we're down at SXSW, we'll be writing about the region's entrepreneurs and covering sessions we think can bring value to the community. All of this wouldn't be possible without our content partner, Pinsight Media+, which ... read more

6544_28ea0785cc_small March 4, 2014 by Fred Bauters

Austin Every March there's an entrepreneurial migration south to Austin, Texas, for South By Southwest Interactive. This year's event kicks off Friday and, as we do every year, we wanted to find out who all from the Prairie will be joining us and hopefully connect some of you in our region before the insanity begins ... read more

6507_5ebfe7a6d9_small February 20, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Austin With South by Southwest quickly approaching, the Iowa Economic Development Authority is looking for startups to help host #IowaHour, an opportunity for Iowa startups and entrepreneurs—current and former—to connect, promote their companies and gain some national exposure ... read more

April 9, 2013 by Fred Bauters

Austin The rumors were true. Google this morning unveiled plans to install its gigabit fiber service in Austin, Texas, come mid-2014. "We believe the Internet’s next chapter will be built on gigabit speeds, and we hope this new Google Fiber city will inspire communities … read more

April 5, 2013 by Fred Bauters

Austin Rumors are afloat Google Fiber may be hooking up with Austin, Texas. Google and the City of Austin sent an invitation to select business leaders to hear about "something new" at 11 a.m. April 9. The only problem is the invitation doesn't specify what will be announced, which could … read more

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