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5207_f06ef16832_small January 31, 2013 by Annie Sorensen

Santa Monica Living up to its name, startup accelerator Launchpad LA has helped Kansas City-born Divshot leap into the next phase of its business. Divshot, a drag-and-drop interface builder for web apps, was conceived in April 2012 at Startup Weekend Kansas City. Three months later, co-founders Michael Bleigh and Jake Johnson won a national pitch competition that included a finale in Los Angeles. With the win in L.A., came the opportunity to pitch at Launchpad, a Santa Monica-based accelerator founded by Mark Suster. Their momentum didn't stop as the duo received an invite to join the accelerator. … read more

4724_a9252200c4_small September 18, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Santa Monica Just two weeks after their August acceptance into Santa Monica, Calif.-based accelerator Launchpad LA, the co-founders of Divshot moved to the Golden State. "It was pretty crazy," Divshot co-founder Jake Johnson said of the series of events that led the company, formerly based in Kansas City, Mo., to the startup accelerator founded by Mark Suster. Divshot, an interface builder for web apps hatched in April at Startup Weekend Kansas City, took … read more

4441_b5d819b2e0_small July 10, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Santa Monica Divshot, a Kansas City, Mo. startup born at Kansas City Startup Weekend in April, took first place today at Crowdstart LA, a live pitch event hosted by crowdfunding platform Crowdfunder. Today's competition in Santa Monica was the culmination of a 7-week crowdsourced startup … read more

2743_df1bf10e04_small August 21, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Santa Monica Will we witness the start of another Zaarly story tonight? Only time will tell if any of the teams at the current Los Angeles Startup Weekend can chart the same trajectory as Zaarly, the proximity-based, real-time, buyer-powered market founded by a team led by Kansas Citian Bo Fishback. Zaarly won LASW in February, closed a $1 million seed round …  read more

2741_5d11a2898b_small August 19, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

Santa Monica In the latest travelogue of the globe-trotting Silicon Prairie News team (well, not quite "globe-trotting" yet), I've landed in the City of Angels to attend this weekend's Startup Weekend event at Coloft. While this is purely a personal trip on my personal budget … read more

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