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3092_1f31d8706b_small October 27, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Des Moines The fifth speaker in our Video Series is Jerri Chou, founder and managing partner of Lovely Day, which works to make innovative social solutions the new standard for "business as usual." A social innovation expert, Chou also founded All Day Buffet, an organization whose mission is to change the world through creativity and business … read more

3089_213e3bab24_small October 27, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

Des Moines The fourth speaker in our Video Series: Robbie Vitrano, co-founder and chairman of Trumpet Group, a venture marketing company that is a manifestation of the reinventing of New Orleans. In his talk, Vitrano shared a personal story to show how creativity can be applied in a way that has more impact both in business development and community building. … read more

3080_58bc3e365a_small October 26, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Des Moines The third speaker in our video series is Andy Murray, founder and chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi X, a worldwide advertising network for which he oversees marketing and advertising and technology efforts. Also this year, Murray launched Mercury 11, a company that mentors entrepreneurs with disruptive ideas. … read more

3083_98a3579299_small October 26, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

Des Moines The second speaker in our Video Series: Paige Craig, co-founder and CEO of BetterWorks, a platform where businesses can quickly create better, more rewarding work environments for their employees. In his talk, Craig focuses on passion and how to build a company, honing in on one of his principals, thinking big and executing small. In the second half … read more

3078_8b841a4ed9_small October 25, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines Well, we are past Thinc Iowa but still not quite ready to resume PrairieCast. I'll save you the long and sordid tale, but it may have something to do with our camera and livestream equipment accidentally shipping back to the Omaha office this weekend. We'll be back next week and better than ever. Why not take your PrairieCast hour today and spending it reviewing our coverage of Thinc Iowa? You can find all our posts related to the conference Thinc Iowa tag. PrairieCast is a live podcast … read more

3074_7b853bd448_small October 25, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

Des Moines First up in our Video Series: Ben Silberman, co-founder of Pinterest, an online pinboard site that gives its users a place to discover new things handpicked by other users. In his talk, Silbermann shared the story of his journey to entrepreneurship, the story of co-founding Pinterest and a few things that are inspirational to him and his … read more

3060_49ac34d557_small October 25, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Des Moines If, as we posited in May, Big Omaha is like Paris Fashion Week — and at this point we see no grounds for questioning that claim — then it stands to reason that Thinc Iowa is akin to a runway show in Milan. Sure, Versace and Prada are replaced by Zaarly and Dwolla. But, still, it all comes down to who you're wearing. With that in mind, Silicon Prairie News set a crack team of intrepid reporters loose on the streets of downtown Des Moines on Friday — or, more accurately, I walked around creeping … read more

3068_8b1adcc79e_small October 24, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines What an event! It's actually a little hard to believe all the planning, hard work and execution is over (at least for this year). First off, I want to thank everyone who made the event possible. From the speakers to the participants to the sponsors to everyone on the Silicon Prairie News team – I couldn't have asked for a better group to gather for our first big event in Iowa. We'll have the videos of each of the presentations and official photos online soon … read more

3061_8f95bc4c41_small October 24, 2011 by John T. Meyer

Des Moines Wearing his red, white, and blue Converse sneakers, Scott Case, took the stage Friday afternoon at the Temple for Performing Arts in Des Moines to illustrate the intersection between corporations and startups. Case started by explaining the mission and purpose of the Startup America Partnership. As Case explained, Startup America Partnership strives to offer five things for startups: expertise, support services, talent, customers and capital. …  read more

3070_f3b0769662_small October 24, 2011 by Dan Beenken

Des Moines From discussion of how to approach marketing like MacGyver to stories of stripping pizza down to its "naked" essence, Robbie Vitrano of Trumpet Group packed plenty into his time on stage Friday afternoon at Thinc Iowa. Vitrano leads New Orleans-based Trumpet, a venture marketing company with a mission focused on advocacy, optimism and socially responsible capitalism. That work shaped his talk Friday. … read more

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