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6685_450a456e88_small April 9, 2014 by Fred Bauters

San Francisco Neighbor.ly is making good use of its temporary migration west. In late January, the KC-based civic startup joined the Tumml accelerator in San Francisco—wrapping up May 6. A couple weeks ago, CEO Jase Wilson jumped last-minute into Global Innovator Competition, a pitch contest at the Global Technology Symposium. He called it a gut decision to apply two hours before the deadline, scanning a few weeks worth of emails. Turns out it was the right call ... read more

October 2, 2013 by Megan Bannister

San Francisco We may be a little late to the party, but our friends at Pack—a social media platform exclusively for dog lovers—recently announced the site was leaving private beta, becoming available to dogs and their humans everywhere ... read more

6107_3528a0a153_small October 2, 2013 by Jeff Slobotski

San Francisco Next Monday, Dusty Davidson, Caleb Ulffers and I will be traveling to San Francisco—from Oct. 7 to 9—then heading to Los Angeles—Oct. 9 to 11—for meetings with entrepreneurs and investors in the area. Although Silicon Prairie News is based in the Midwest, we believe it's important to continue conversations and develop new relationships in other regions where startups take root and innovation takes place ... read more

6055_fe13cf0e45_small September 16, 2013 by Guest Contributor

San Francisco Last week the Omaha-based Cympel team—a digital advertising agency—hopped on a red-eye flight to San Francisco carrying a small banner and orange tablecloth and made its way to TechCrunch Disrupt. The Disrupt conference is one of the startup world’s most notable launching pads for budding technologies. Its star-studded speaker lineup included the likes of SV Angel’s Ron Conway, Yahoo! CEO Marissa Meyer, the Winklevoss twins and even Mark Zuckerberg himself. Hundreds of startups previewed, demoed and debuted their companies in Startup Alley and on stage ... read more

6009_502ceadadd_small August 22, 2013 by Frank Merchlewitz

San Francisco Singly, a San Francisco company co-founded by Cascade, Iowa, native and software guru Jeremie Miller (below, left), has been acquired by mobile app platform giant Appcelerator. The announcement came this morning in a press release and "self-interview" blog post by Appcelerator CEO Jeff Haynie ... read more

5759_7d982eba62_small May 28, 2013 by Fred Bauters

San Francisco Kansas City-based EyeVerify and Cedar Falls, Iowa-based Banno recently showcased their work at Finovate, a conference devoted to financial and banking technology. Their presentations, which took place May 14 in San Francisco, are now posted on the Finovate site, which we've linked to below. EyeVerify's Toby Rush, CEO, and Chris Barnett, executive vice … read more

5719_e0f7c66f42_small May 14, 2013 by Danny Schreiber

San Francisco For the third time, Banno founder Wade Arnold made his way to Finovate to unveil a product he hopes wows an audience filled with banking and financial industry execs. "To some extent, a lot of people who present at Finovate are here to disrupt banking," Arnold ... read more

5683_21d786b775_small May 8, 2013 by Joe Stych

San Francisco Last October, Gentry Underwood took the stage at Thinc Iowa to discuss why approaching problems like a designer is crucial for entrepreneurs. He touched on tolerating uncertainty, the importance of focus, and identifying the "why" of your product. Plus, he teased his new iOS-based email client, Mailbox. A lot can happen in seven months. Since then, Underwood has launched Mailbox, filled 1 million reservations within the first … read more

April 24, 2013 by Megan Bannister

San Francisco School of education assistant professor Amy Carter Hutchinson is among 37 Iowa State University researchers headed to San Francisco for the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association. The meeting, which will be held April 27-May 1, will help … read more

5326_19e1111b52_small February 26, 2013 by Jeff Slobotski

San Francisco I arrived back in Omaha, aka the "Winter Tundra," Friday afternoon, returning from the beautiful weather of San Francisco, fresh off a few days visiting one of the world's leading startup communities. The goal of my solo three-day trip, which revolved around hosting a Silicon Prairie Expat Meetup on Thursday, was to strengthen existing relationships and develop new ties with key leaders … read more

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