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April 18, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Des Moines Technology Association of Iowa president Leann Jacobsen announced Friday that at the end of August she will be to stepping down spend more time in her hometown of Spencer, Iowa. Jacobsen, who has held the position for almost nine years, is the only president TAI has ever had… read more

6656_c0b67e3f73_small April 1, 2014 by Fred Bauters

Kansas City Diana Kander sees it time and time again, and it's painful. The senior fellow at the Kauffman Foundation mentors a lot of early-stage companies through her work with the Foundation and the University of Missouri-Kansas City's Bloch School and E Scholars program. Each startup kept getting stuck in the same spot: they didn't know how to practice lean principles and properly do customer development ... read more

6618_2498bb6f4b_small March 19, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Omaha Dr. James Linder will serve as interim president of the University of Nebraska system, replacing outgoing president J.B. Milliken. Linder is a long-time supporter of Midwest startups. He and his wife, Karen, head Linseed Capital, which has invested in several startups, including Bulu Box, EyeVerify, Flywheel, Nobl, SkyVu and Travefy, among others ... read more

6582_6d845ab87a_small March 12, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Austin Last week when entrepreneurs from around the world flocked to Austin for South by Southwest Interactive, the Silicon Prairie was well represented. While there were Iowa and Kansas City parties, a bevy of startup pitches and countless business cards exchanged, a handful of entrepreneurs also have taken the time to reflect on the festival. To share her experiences in Austin, Kaylee Williams (left) of Des Moines' VolunteerLocal teamed up ... read more

6574_e3f94ecd0d_small March 11, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Omaha The initial list of mentors for Straight Shot's second accelerator class includes local entrepreneurs and subject matter-experts, along with several new mentors from across the Midwest… read more

6539_141e56373c_small March 3, 2014 by Katy Schamberger

Kansas City If you want something done, you’ve got to do it yourself. Sure, it’s an old adage—but for Kansas City entrepreneur and attorney Chris Brown, that way of thinking sparked a new career path. Brown is the brains behind b.Legal Marketing, a full-service marketing firm that works specifically with law firms. And as most entrepreneurs are wont to do, Brown also pursues a side business, Venture Legal, through which he offers legal counsel to startups ... read more

6517_1820810f3d_small February 28, 2014 by Patti Vannoy

Lincoln It was a gloomy, wet evening in Dublin when Terence Bowden's phone rang as he left work at 7 p.m. to walk to the train in the rain. His former boss was calling from sunny Arizona. Would he be interested in hopping the pond to start an accelerator in the middle of America at the University of Nebraska's new Nebraska Innovation Campus (NIC)? "Yeah, I could be interested," he said ... read more

6500_5d9c7225ed_small February 18, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Lincoln Growing up, Jonathan Crosmer and his classmates often had to sit down with music teachers for hours listening to notes played on the piano and guess the note. That repetitive nature was the only way students could learn ear training, but had to have been annoying for the tutors. And then computers and programs like MacGAMUT came along and alleviated some of the problem ... read more

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