Silicon Prairie News

3641_8701542c21_small February 16, 2012 by Christopher New & Michael Stacy

Des Moines Back in December, we brought you the story of Urban Plains Magazine, a website and iPad magazine put together by Drake University seniors in Jeff Inman's senior capstone class. Then last month, an Urban Plains application for the iPad was released into the App Store. Today, we bring you a close-up a look at that app. … read more

3640_c00f570bca_small February 15, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha VoterTide, a social media monitoring and analysis app focused on politics, announced Tuesday that it closed a "significant seed round" led by Optimas Group, an Omaha investment company. Also participating in the round was Gordon Whitten, who was the Omaha startup's first investor. Behind Optimas' investment … read more

3638_5e8f11a9e5_small February 15, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Iowa City ActiveGrade, a startup established to help educators better track pupils' development, has assembled a group of educators tasked with keeping a similarly watchful eye on the company's own progress. Iowa City-based ActiveGrade last week unveiled a seven-member advisory board, which is made up of educators and teacher leaders from across the country. The group will help advise and guide ActiveGrade in the ongoing development of its feature product, an online gradebook we reported on last month that … read more

3637_19f324a5ef_small February 15, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Overland Park Add NewME to the list of noteworthy accelerators helping AgLocal ramp up to full speed. Earlier this month, we … read more

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

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