Silicon Prairie News

3936_065bdf8e9a_small April 9, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Des Moines Online cash transfer startup Dwolla quietly released a redesign of its user account interface on Sunday. The new look puts the user's balance (amount held in Dwolla) and Instant balance (an optional line of credit) on the top of a user's dashboard. It also presents a text field to enter an amount to either send or request money and a field to find a contact for one of those actions. A "Places" tab … read more

3925_f958ad18f1_small April 5, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Des Moines Hatchlings, a Facebook game billed as "the world's largest virtual Easter Egg hunt," published a blog post today detailing its attempts to collect on revenue from its disabled Google AdSense account. "After trying to go through the 'proper channels' for almost a year now it's time to share this story of how Google screwed over our startup with the world," Brad Dwyer, the company's co-founder and CEO, wrote. … read more

3756_f752d31279_small April 5, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Urbandale The "Marketplace for Makers" is now open to buyers. Goodsmiths, a website for crafters to buy and sell their handmade goods, on Wednesday opened its virtual doors to shoppers for the first time. Though Goodsmiths co-founders James Eliason and Levi Rosol characterized Wednesday as a "soft launch," in part because Dwolla was the only payment option immediately available — PayPal will be added … read more

3920_978705b302_small April 4, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha MindMixer, a web-based platform billed as a "virtual town hall," announced today it closed a $1.9 million seed round led by Dundee Venture Capital, an Omaha-based venture capital firm whose founder, Mark Hasebroock, is also a co-founder and executive of the startup. The round was led but not fully funded by Dundee VC and brings the company's total raised to date to $2.2 million, Nick Bowden … read more

3914_471d7b5a2f_small April 4, 2012 by Michael Stacy

From KC to IC, and from CoMo to the Big O, we do our best to provide thorough coverage of Startup Weekend when the event takes place in the region (and, sometimes, when it takes place outside the region). We'd like to think that press provides readers who aren't familiar with the event a good idea of what goes into Startup Weekend, a 54-hour crash course … read more

3904_ff638f43c4_small April 3, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City All this talk about Google Fiber Bars making anyone else hungry? Well worry not; we're here to help curb that appetite with another heaping helping of Gig Bits. TV tussle: As we reported Sunday, Google Fiber put its own unique twist on Google's customary April 1 fun, claiming that Google Fiber was actually a nutritional bar. But not everyone … read more

3899_3308ea0c79_small April 2, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City Hallmark Cards, a household name in the greeting card industry and one of the region's most established companies, is turning to a startup to help beef up its digital presence. … read more

3892_c7c16f5512_small April 1, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Three Silicon Prairie cities are the subjects of a couple April Fools' Day jokes today. First, Kansas City, Kan. and Kansas City, Kan., the cities chosen by Google in 2011 to be the first to receive its coveted gigabit internet speed later this year, were announced as the launch pad of the internet giant's first nutrition bar. "As we started thinking about fiber," Kevin Lo, General Manager of Google Access … read more

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