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2846_4b61e3a1e9_small September 19, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines Last week, our guest on PrairieCast, David Graff of Hudl, spoke about a project the company undertook last year, awarding a pack of special Hudl T-shirts to each of Hudl's high school clients that won a state title. The shirts, which read "Dominate" on the front and "State champs 2010" on the back, were printed in the schools' colors and were distributed to more than 50 teams nationwide. If there was any thought of this being a one-time … read more

2866_6963723749_small September 17, 2011 by Guest Contributor

Des Moines (This is a guest post by Tej Dhawan.) There is ample news about the idea that popped into an entrepreneur's head in the shower, the demo was created by lunch, VCs lined up to lend money by dinner and acquisition happened in the quarter that followed. Scant attention is shared about those who logged 60 hours a week developing a business while holding down a 40-hour square job, worked for years to build revenue, adjusting the model along the way until finding success in the trenches. It is interesting to be surrounded by those who have done just that in the Des Moines technology … read more

2859_71a11a4c83_small September 16, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

Des Moines First announced with a tweet this morning – "Thank you to the Iowa Department of Economic Development for your financial support vote today for StartupCity Des Moines" – and later confirmed by a press release, StartupCity Des Moines is one step closer … read more

2857_4501b45a3a_small September 15, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Des Moines The Technology Association of Iowa is hosting its fifth Pitch & Grow event from 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sept. 29 at the Des Moines Social Club (400 Walnut St.). In traditional Pitch & Grow fashion, entrepreneurs will pitch their business to a group of peer CEOs, CIOs, business development experts, industry professionals and business-savvy people. … read more

2844_c848ae5160_small September 14, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines Episode 55: The one where we talk football and startups – This week on PrairieCast our guest is David Graff, CEO and co-founder of Hudl, the Lincoln-based sports technology venture that now provides video software to more than one third of all high school sports teams in the US. Graff is one of our most anticipated guests for the show and we took advantage … read more

2847_ae3096baeb_small September 14, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Des Moines When Erin Ginkens opened the current chapter of her career five years ago by leaving a job to launch her own business venture, she did so with what she believed was a pretty good idea of how the story would play out. "I thought that I was going to market a billing program I had written for attorneys," said Ginkens, president of Des Moines-based Entrepreneurial Technologies. "(But) as soon as I got out into the world, my panic about no longer having a paycheck completely took over my desire to market my product." So the plotline she … read more

2840_00dcde6950_small September 13, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines As Hank Williams, Jr. has been known to say, "Are you ready for some startup technology related to football?!" OK, maybe that's not what ol' Hank says on Monday Night Football but it's the topic of today's PrairieCast as we welcome guest David Graff, CEO of Lincoln-based Hudl today at 2 p.m. CDT. We'll be asking Graff about Hudl's founding at the University of Nebraska, signing their first NFL … read more

2831_86c13c907d_small September 13, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Des Moines Robert Reich's rescheduled speech at Drake University came at a fortuitous time. Reich, a political economist and the former Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton, was scheduled to visit Des Moines and Iowa City in February but had to reschedule on account of illness. So Reich, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley visited Iowa last week, delivering one talk … read more

2834_aa08db2496_small September 12, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

Des Moines Over the weekend, Dwolla co-founder Ben Milne and Entrepreneurial Technologies' James Armstead created Dollar Thoughts, a website that features user-submitted short statements and allows visitors to vote each statement up or down and share on Facebook or Twitter. With the implementation … read more

2833_3a29cf2c29_small September 12, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines As you likely know, it's officially football season on the Silicon Prairie. So what better time to have the CEO and co-founder of one of the region's most successful sports-related startups as our guest on PrairieCast? Hudl's David Graff (left, photo from will join us live on Tuesday at 2 p.m. to fill us in on everything the Hudl team is doing as well as talk through the news of the week. If you missed last week's episode with our guest Ben Milne of Dwolla, it's not too late check it out now: PrairieCast with Ben Milne (video). Also, PrairieCast video is now being syndicated … read more

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