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6982_397bcebfb1_small June 20, 2014 by Guest Contributor

Cedar Rapids (Guest post by John Schnipkoweit) So, first off, we did not “win” the accelerator. No one did. We all "won," but that doesn’t mean it's over, it means it’s just begun. You don’t "finish" in three months. Accelerators guide you in your business, because they know that after those three months, it’s not them running your business—it's you… read more

6893_4401c457fc_small May 22, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Cedar Rapids Cedar Rapids, Iowa-based Seed Here Studio announced today it will partner with Revolution and UP Global to present the "Rise of the Rest" road tour with AOL co-founder Steve Case. While the four-day, four-city tour won't stop in the Silicon Prairie, co-founders Amanda Styron and Andy Stoll say the trip helps continue Seed Here's mission of fostering startup communities across the country. read more

6747_5128b3df64_small April 25, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Cedar Rapids Just a few months ago, all we heard about was how 2014 was going to be the year wearable tech dominated the space and became even more prevalent. Or at least, so we thought. But last week, news broke after rumors spilled into tech gossip forum Secret that Nike would eliminate the bulk of its FuelBand team ... read more

6659_3bc08a6349_small April 2, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Cedar Rapids Last month Omaha joined the list of international CoderDojos, hosting an event attended by nearly two dozen 13- to 17-year-olds in Omaha's Old Market. Now another Midwestern city—Cedar Rapids—is adopting an open source, volunteer-led program that teaches kids to code, too ... read more

6540_23283b8b89_small March 4, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Cedar Rapids When he pitched the idea Friday evening at the inaugural Startup Weekend Cedar Rapids, Zach Sanderson—who previously worked as a sports photographer at Stanford University—simply thought it would be cool to create a digital alternative to traditional baseball cards. "Stanford's baseball team didn't print cards because it was too expensive and by the time they’re printed, the season is almost ... read more

6534_189407e58f_small March 2, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Cedar Rapids The inaugural Startup Weekend Cedar Rapids kicked off Friday evening with more than 100 people gathering at the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance to hear the event's 68 attendees pitch 35 ideas. While nine teams originally were formed on Friday, David Tominksy—one of Startup Weekend Cedar Rapids' organizers—says only eight continued through Saturday… read more

6501_14190a7236_small February 19, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Cedar Rapids After months of planning, organizers behind Iowa's first 90-day startup accelerator are taking another major step in its planning: applications for the inaugural class of the Iowa Startup Accelerator opened Wednesday morning ... read more

6481_d94c9663ec_small February 17, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Cedar Rapids It's been more than a year since a Startup Weekend has been hosted in Iowa's Creative Corridor. Later this month, a number of Cedar Rapids' community entities and leaders are coming together to change that with Startup Weekend Cedar Rapids…  read more

6350_e5d7c348ea_small January 4, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Cedar Rapids Best meal I’ve had in Cedar Rapids: Southwest grilled chicken with corn salsa, sweet potato, and corn bread—at my parent’s house. Dad’s a great cook! read more

6317_b7158cf83c_small December 13, 2013 by Guest Contributor

Cedar Rapids (Guest post by Ben Anderson) When I set out to create Bandwidth Pool, a complex online bidding website, I knew I wasn’t going to be able to do it alone. I don’t have any practical experience designing, developing or generally understanding the components that comprise a complex web application. Because of the lack of programming experience, outsourcing the build of my website to a development firm was the best option...  read more

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