Silicon Prairie News

3955_641455977c_small April 13, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Des Moines In Des Moines, there's a new startup quickly building buzz around town. It has 17 employees on the ground, and it's on the verge of closing a $1 million round. The source of that buzz is FreebeeCards, a customer engagement platform that aims to drive consumers to vendors through the use of virtual gift cards. Freebee founder and CEO Ken Lazzaro (left) conceived of the idea just over a year ago, and since then the startup has quickly … read more

3968_99a944737a_small April 13, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Bank Technology News (BTN), a publication written for finance industry CIOs, CTOs and IT professionals, took a close look at Silicon Prairie "fin-tech" (financial technology) startups in an article published Thursday, "In Middle America, Amber Waves of FinTech Startups." "The geographic triangle drawn around Omaha, Neb., Des Moines, Iowa, and Kansas City, Mo., (one of several regions to share the … read more

3953_96f1b102f4_small April 11, 2012 by Chris Wolfgang

Omaha If the feedback from mommy blogs like Baby Kerf and Offbeat Mama is any indication, women have been waiting a long time for a more aesthetically pleasing charting site for the fertility awareness method. Ova Ova, launched in February by Amanda Kohler (pictured), 24, and her husband Kevin, 29, has stepped into the gap left by an ages-old birth control method in need of a technology update. … read more

3949_28924a6363_small April 11, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

West Des Moines Less than one month after revealing its India office, Social Money today announced an international alliance with ICICI Bank in India. "We are thrilled to be working with one of the world's leading financial services … read more

3946_791e45a6b0_small April 10, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Des Moines Dwolla today put an end to the speculation about its secret star investor. The Des Moines-based online cash transfer startup confirmed that Ashton Kutcher did, in fact, contribute to the $5 million Series B round it announced in February. And as that news rippled out across the internet, Kutcher and Dwolla CEO Ben Milne explained why the relationship between investor and company transcends the very tidal wave of publicity it was already … read more

3945_cf3def4fae_small April 10, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Des Moines When reports of Ashton Kutcher's involvement in Dwolla's $5 million Series B round surfaced in late February and set the rumor mill in motion, the team behind Dwolla, an online cash transfer startup, remained mum on the subject. But today, Dwolla and Kutcher are going public with their relationship. Kutcher, an Iowa native, Hollywood star and frequent … read more

3942_5f4d2c8ca8_small April 10, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Des Moines Brian Hemesath, Catchwind's co-founder and, for the last year-plus, its sole owner, has sold the mobile marketing … read more

3928_110ce53209_small April 9, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City Google has already hung more than 100 miles of fiber on utility poles throughout Kansas City, Kan. and Kansas City, Mo. But that's not all that's up in the air when it comes to Google's ultra high-speed network. A post Wednesday on the Google Fiber Blog shed some light on what stands between Kansas Citians and access to the one-gigabit … read more

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