Silicon Prairie News

Des Moines Articles
7091_ea51f4769b_small July 22, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Des Moines Last week ABC reality show "Shark Tank" hosted an open casting call in Des Moines and more than 100 entrepreneurs and inventors turned out for an opportunity to swim with the sharks. It's still too soon to say if any of the companies that pitched last Monday will make it on to the show's taping. But in the meantime, we asked a couple Iowa entrepreneurs who came out for the event to tell us, in their own words, about the experience and what they learned from pitching the producers of "Shark Tank." read more

7083_d18fc022bb_small July 18, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Des Moines For the second summer, the hallways of Des Moines' Central Campus have echoed with the sounds of students, if only for a few days. The second annual Tech Journey camp wrapped Friday afternoon with a presentation as well as student show and tell open to parents, media and members of the community… read more

7079_4ce8c47e73_small July 18, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Des Moines On Thursday evening, the University of Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center hosted a social hour event for its Des Moines-based Venture School program.  read more

7078_535d2d8121_small July 18, 2014 by Guest Contributor

Des Moines (Guest post by Ben Milne) 2013 was one of the hardest years of my life. It wasn’t the hardest but it was challenging. The hardest, was one year as a kid when my dad got Parkinson’s, my mom got sick, my mom’s best friend died and the grandparent who helped raise me withered away like ash with cancer right in front of my eyes. That’s a different kind of hard… read more

7070_1be4ac9674_small July 15, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Des Moines Now with only a few swipes, and a tap or two, Google Glass wearers around the country can pay merchants using Dwolla. But the Des Moines-based payments startup isn't the one behind the development. The Members Group (TMG), a Des Moines-based financial services company that provides payments processing solutions, announced the Google Glass app—called See2Pay—during its Executive Summit in Lake Tahoe, Calif., on Tuesday.  read more

7036_aecda37090_small July 14, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Des Moines It had become a common occurrence for Bob Rehkemper and his partners at Gourley, Rehkemper and Lindholm law firm in Des Moines. He'd be at a bar with friends or colleagues and the topic would invariably shift to his profession as a criminal defense attorney specializing in DUI and OWI. Immediately, everyone wanted to know what to do if they were pulled over by law enforcement. So Rehkemper and his partners got creative.  read more

7054_4e8a05c725_small July 10, 2014 by Julia Hogren

Des Moines Oftentimes, the challenge for new business growth in states like Iowa involves reaching a critical mass of support. For Iowa's independent angel investor group Plains Angels, that means extending its reach to other parts of the state… read more

July 3, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Des Moines In April, the Technology Association of Iowa's president Leann Jacobsen announced she would be stepping down come the end of August. Now the organization, which has only ever seen one president, has begun the search for Jacobsen's replacement… read more

7001_d9d0bc0cd5_small June 26, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Des Moines It's not often that a group of thirty-something middle schoolers is relatively silent, especially on a warm summer day. But in the upper classrooms in Drake University's Carnegie Hall the only sounds that can be heard are the clicking of keyboards and the occasional shuffling of chairs… read more

6977_7ec5591255_small June 18, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Des Moines On Wednesday Dwolla announced the latest update to its services: Dwolla Direct, which will allow users to send money over Dwolla's network without fully registering for an account. read more

The polls are open!

Through August 22, help us decide the winners of our inaugural Silicon Prairie Awards, which will recognize 12 companies and individuals. You can vote once per day per category.
Winners will be announced live on stage at
our August 30 event.