Silicon Prairie News

6137_1b68e62b38_small October 9, 2013 by Megan Bannister

St. Paul Most college students can relate to the struggle involved with browsing academic journals online. Many database interfaces are clunky or difficult to read and users are unable to easily browse titles. Enter Third Iron: a St. Paul, Minn.-based startup that provides students with advanced library technologies. The startup's app, BrowZine, launched in the Apple App Store one year ago and has since been released for Android tablets ... read more

6127_0ba2a8d013_small October 7, 2013 by Megan Bannister

Finding a compatible co-founder and building a strong team is one of the trickier parts of starting a business. But Jessica Alter and the team at FounderDating are out to make the process a little less painful. FounderDating, an invite-only service similar to LinkedIn, helps connect like-minded founders and business owners from cities around ... read more

6109_2e474584d9_small October 3, 2013 by Megan Bannister

West Des Moines As Social Money approaches $5 billion in transactions, the company is celebrating another first: a product with an open API. Today the West Des Moines startup announced the launch of its latest product, CorePro, a core processing system that helps businesses and developers integrate savings accounts ... read more

6112_82c07db4df_small October 1, 2013 by Fred Bauters

Kansas City Local Ruckus has been a mainstay of the Kansas City Startup Village since day one in October 2012. But since Adam Arredondo founded the company back in February 2011, the events-discovery startup has gone through several stages... read more

6104_f6d419f5dd_small September 27, 2013 by Daniel Wheaton

Henderson While many of his classmates put on their cleats, pads and jerseys for the Friday night football game at Fillmore Central High School in Geneva, Neb., Jacob Bespalec whips out his laptop. After the camera is set and the software running Bespalec, a Fillmore Central junior, becomes a sportscaster, sending live footage of the game to hundreds of viewers across the country. Thanks to Striv.Tv—a Henderson, Neb.-based startup—Bespalec is able to start his broadcasting ... read more

6100_075c61b9ed_small September 25, 2013 by Kara Tabor

Columbia After winning Columbia’s third annual Startup Weekend competition, the team behind Nudge is ready to further develop the reminder app, which enables users to distill key points and notes from events and send concise messages via email. Inspired after attending speaking event upon speaking event, Jamie Stephens got the idea to ... read more

6082_7d174a6280_small September 25, 2013 by Megan Bannister

Des Moines After countless friends and family members came to Derian Baugh for fashion advice, he knew he might be on to something. And less than a year ago, Men's Style Lab was born. The Des Moines-based startup ships clothing all across the country to men in need of a style upgrade. "It's cool when you're in Des Moines and guys are signing up ... read more

5997_6bf31aba00_small September 24, 2013 by Megan Bannister

Des Moines Just over a week ago, Hatchlings Match—a new game from the Des Moines-based Hatchlings team—reached 100K users. Seven days later, the game had surpassed 500K. "I’m also happy to announce that Hatchlings Match has officially passed Hatchlings 2 in terms of number of users," Hatchlings founder Brad Dwyer wrote in a blog post Tuesday ... read more

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