Silicon Prairie News

3589_3da9e778c4_small February 7, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Overland Park During her time practicing law and in the years since, Diana Kander has come to believe that almost no amount of … read more

3587_b6e7fe2428_small February 7, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Des Moines Dwolla, an online and mobile payments network based in Des Moines, announced today it raised $5 million in a series B round led by Union Square Ventures of New York, with participation from Village Ventures and Thrive Capital, also of New York, Artists & Instigators of West Conshohocken, Penn. (Marc Eckō's venture innovation company) and angel investor Paige Craig of Los Angeles-based Betterworks. "The first round … read more

3591_7843c9b921_small February 7, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Des Moines In January, Betabeat cited un-named sources to report that Dwolla had raised around $10 million in a Series B round led by Union Square Ventures of New York. Dwolla, a Des Moines-based pay online cash transfer startup, responded quickly but passively on Twitter with allusions to songs titled "Rumors." Today … read more

3583_d8ceca30e2_small February 6, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City Google announced in a blog post published in the wee hours this morning that crews in Kansas City are ready to begin construction of the company's much ballyhooed ultra high-speed fiber network. "We’ve measured utility poles; we’ve studied maps and surveyed neighborhoods; we’ve come up with a comprehensive set of detailed … read more

3571_a78c4aa73a_small February 3, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Overland Park With South By Southwest Interactive and the fourth annual SXSW Accelerator on the horizon, a Silicon Prairie standard bearer has emerged. It was announced on Monday that AgLocal, a startup based in Overland Park, Kan., was chosen from more than 670 companies as one of the 48 that will participate in the Accelerator on March 12-13 in Austin, Texas. AgLocal will compete in the "Innovative Web Technologies" portion of the Accelerator. Co-founded by Naithan Jones and Jacob McDaniel, AgLocal is a … read more

3560_01ad06bce0_small February 1, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Des Moines Dwolla, the online cash transfer startup based in Des Moines, rolled out mobile access today to Instant, its most popular feature release yet, on its iOS (left) and Android apps. Announced in December and made available to a limited amount of users through its website, Instant takes the wait time out of adding cash to a Dwolla account by giving users immediate access to a line of credit up to $500. Users must opt-in to Instant. If it's turned on, it costs a user $3 per … read more

3559_58188880e6_small February 1, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Des Moines SmartyPig, an online social savings platform, today announced a pair of big changes. The Des Moines-based company will go by a new name, Social Money Systems. It also will offer a new product, GoalSaver, which is a customizable, social savings, transaction-focused platform for banks that utilizes a bank's brand and regulatory and compliance systems to create what the company calls … read more

3500_11c99eb5db_small January 31, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City In the midst of a particularly unpredictable Midwestern winter that's seen the weather outside fluctuate from frightful to delightful in the blink of a meteorologist's eye, it's not entirely surprising to see a weather application receive a warm welcome. But the high marks for OneLouder's latest application, 1Weather, appear to be based on more than just the fortuitous timing … read more

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