Silicon Prairie News

3628_33d193215d_small February 14, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Fast Company, a magazine dedicated to reporting on "fast companies" and entrepreneurs, has released its annual "World's 50 Most Innovative Companies" list to highlight organizations "whose innovations are having an impact across their industries and our culture." Two startups with Silicon Prairie ties received a nod as a part of the ranking. Dwolla, based in Des Moines, was named No. 8 in the finance industry's to 10, joining notable startups Square and Kickstarter. Zaarly, based in San Francisco with an office in Kansas City, Mo., was named No. 7 in the web/internet industry's top 10, alongside hot startups Airbnb and Dropbox. Also receiving recognition … read more

3626_9a0f448cde_small February 14, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

West Des Moines Social Money Systems, the recently introduced new parent company of SmartyPig, today announced the opening of an office in Chandigarh, India. The office, which is the company's first outside its West Des Moines headquarters, will hold four employees, Social Money co-founder Mike Ferrari said last week. The news comes on the heels of Social Money's GoalSaver announcement … read more

3624_f025eb2cae_small February 13, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City Following Google's announcement last Monday via its Fiber Blog that "Kansas City is Fiber-ready," Silicon Prairie News reached out to the Mountain View, Calif.-based search and advertising giant for additional details about the timeline for the implementation of its ultra high-speed network in the Kansas City area. The specifics of that timeline are TBD — or, at least, TBA. "We're building infrastructure, and so I guess the next step will be when we release all of our marketing and … read more

3603_ef771eca51_small February 13, 2012 by Macy Koch

Des Moines Torsion Mobile, a Des Moines-based startup building mobile solutions for creative professionals, released its first product, Mojaba, in early February with the mission to make mobile websites easier to build. Mojaba, pronounced "mo-jah-ba," was developed for the nearly 80 percent of websites not currently formatted for mobile devices, Torsion co-founders Christian Gurney (far left) and Richard Kirsner … read more

3570_505205de98_small February 10, 2012 by Annie Sorensen

Kansas City There's a little-known secret tucked away on the third floor of the Kansas City Public Library's downtown Central branch. It's quiet, high-tech and full of resources for budding entrepreneurs. It's the H&R Block Business & Career Center. Per the library's website, the Block Center is dedicated to supporting successful entrepreneurs, in addition to helping patrons invest money wisely, find jobs and develop careers, establish and sustain non-profits and improve … read more

3600_66cb19c0d0_small February 9, 2012 by Kate Ellingson

Lincoln Unite Private Networks and the City of Lincoln will form a joint public-private partnership to place a grid of telecommunication fiber in downtown Lincoln. Lincoln mayor Chris Beutler outlined the plan during a press conference today, where he said that the city will finance a grid of conduits that will ultimately hold fiber from Unite and be open to any other communication company. The city will own the conduit, and Unite will maintain it. Any telecommunication service providers will be able to install fiber in the conduit. … read more

3595_d299223094_small February 9, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Kansas City Leap2, a Kanas City, Kan.-based startup that launched its iPhone app in November, released its Android app on Wednesday, bringing wider distribution to its new take on searching the web on mobile devices. Leap2, a Kanas City,Kan.-based startup that launched its iPhone app in November, released its Android app on Wednesday, bringing wider distribution to its new take on searching the web on mobile devices. "You don't have to go to a page of search results any more," Mike Farmer (below), founder of Leap2, said in a phone interview on Saturday, "you can go direct to the website … read more

3597_9c8a70b619_small February 8, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Des Moines Been there. Done that. Have the foursquare badge. For folks that make the rounds in Des Moines, that's now a possibility, thanks to a grassroots effort led by Chris Snider and his students at Drake University. foursquare announced today that Des Moines is one of five cities nationwide that earned its own badge in the foursquare city badge contest. foursquare, the popular, location-based mobile app that's a social network and rewards platform, last month challenged people to create and … read more

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