Silicon Prairie News

3810_f77410bc67_small March 20, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Des Moines BettrLife on Monday officially introduced its new health and wellness application to the world. The app, produced by a team based in Clive, Iowa, promotes wellness by focusing on what people put into their body. It aims to help users with tasks like grocery shopping, meal planning, meal logging and fitness, and its public beta is now available for free download in the App Store and the Android Market. BettrLife offers tools to help users with: Shopping lists: The app allows users to scan products into … read more

3796_b612b9586c_small March 15, 2012 by Michael Stacy

The start of the NCAA Basketball Tournament means a two-day epidemic of anemic workplace productivity. Across the U.S. today and Friday, water cooler conversations will linger longer than normal and browser windows will mysteriously disappear when bosses approach. But a handful of Silicon Prairie companies are readily embracing the Madness of March, seizing … read more

3789_fd095755b2_small March 14, 2012 by Chris Wolfgang

Omaha For about a year now, Omaha ad agency Phenomblue employees have been seeing what they can do outside their daily tasks of digital advertising. "The agency elects a committee of three team members twice a year to solicit and select ideas and ultimately execute an experiential interactive project," said Joe Olsen, CEO of Phenomblue. Known as Signature Reserve, this committee gives team members … read more

3787_5ea8db78d1_small March 14, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Overland Park Automotive Technology Services (ATS), a company that develops mobile applications for the auto industry, announced this morning at the Kansas City Area Development Council’s board meeting that it will make its headquarters in Overland Park, Kan., bringing 26 jobs with it. The flagship product for ATS is AutoFlipr … read more

3775_1e56f9cba7_small March 14, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Boulder Dundee Venture Capital, an Omaha-based firm founded by Hayneedle co-founder Mark Hasebroock, announced Thursday that it invested in TechStars founder David Cohen's new $28 million fund, Bullet Time Ventures II, a fund independent of the Boulder, Colo.-based startup accelerator. "While we normally focus on specific companies," Hasebroock said on Dundee VC's blog, "as a TechStars mentor and (limited partner) in this fund … read more

3764_5bf6043f98_small March 8, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Des Moines The doodle cloud team appears determined to not to let its momentum fizzle following a first-place finish over the weekend at Startup Weekend Des Moines. In fact, the gang's gone as far as offering hot air balloon rides to help its idea become a reality … but more on that in a moment. doodle cloud, an iOs app that lets users (usually children) photograph clouds, decorate those photos and share them with … read more

3759_8fd9c65a57_small March 8, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Lincoln With a smorgasbord of apps to assist would-be diners in locating somewhere in the neighborhood to break bread, why aren't there similar applications to aid police officers in finding and deterring bad? Back when Lincoln Public Safety Director Tom Casady was the chief of the Lincoln Police Department, he began to ponder that problem. Now, thanks to technology developed at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a solution will soon be made available to police … read more

3753_0dc8c19378_small March 6, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

San Francisco A rocky relationship that we wrote about July has reemerged today with news that TradeHill, a former online Bitcoin exchange based in San Francisco and Chile, on Monday filed a federal lawsuit against Dwolla, an online cash transfer startup based in Des Moines. The lawsuit lists nine complaints, including false advertising, breach of contract and defamation, and seeks, according to Betabeat's … read more

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