Silicon Prairie News

5012_22a5908cf6_small November 15, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

West Des Moines Google announced today it made a $75 million equity investment in a wind farm in Rippey, Iowa, a town about 50 miles northwest of Des Moines. The announcement signals another significant investment in the Silicon Prairie by Google. The Mountain View, Calif.-based company's involvement in the region also includes efforts in Kansas City, the first city to receive Google Fiber, and Council Bluffs, Iowa, where Google operates a data center, offers free public Wi-Fi and provides Chromebooks to … read more

5010_f3d6077fd1_small November 15, 2012 by Megan Bannister

Iowa City Imagine having the ability for your tutor to proofread an essay at 2 a.m. the night before it’s due, or being able to ask a last-minute question moments before a big exam. One of Iowa City’s newest startups, Tutor Universe, aims to allow students to do exactly that. … read more

5002_9cad12ddf0_small November 14, 2012 by Jeff Slobotski

Kansas City We have very exciting news to share with the Silicon Prairie community. But before we get into the news, I'd like to take a few moments to reflect on how we got to where we are today. If you rewind four years and five months, you arrive at the point when Silicon Prairie News went from an idea – something I thought I would hack away on during my free time – to a website and brand, launched with the help of another entrepreneur. Through interviews … read more

4992_cca121f8d4_small November 14, 2012 by Annie Sorensen

Lenexa Creating one of the first organized angel investment groups in the Kansas City area was the motivation behind the founding of Mid-America Angels Investments (MAA), a program inside the Enterprise Center of Johnson County. Joel Wiggins, the co-founder and executive director of MAA, moved to the Kansas City area in 2005 from Austin, Texas, where he was the director of the Austin Technology Incubator. Impressed with the area's entrepreneurial community, Wiggins felt there were great success stories coming out of the area and that the community … read more

5006_de3fb843d0_small November 14, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

West Des Moines 1 Million Cups, a weekly startup showcase, kicks off in Des Moines at 9 a.m. today at Green Grounds Cafe in Valley Junction. Ecommerce startup Goodsmiths will present after a live video conference with 1 Million Cups in Kansas City, an event taking place concurrently. Developed by the Kauffman Labs for Entreprise Creation in Kansas City, 1 Million Cups marks its first expansion with today's Des Moines event. The new chapter … read more

4998_b813186f17_small November 13, 2012 by Brittany Mascio

Kansas City If you caught the Startup@Kauffman Demo Day or helped break a world record for speed networking, your Global Entrepreneurship Week fun has only just begun. Tonight, Silicon Prairie News is … read more

5003_b8a3228a0d_small November 13, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City Google will officially flip the switch on Google Fiber today in Kansas City, Kan., and the occupants of of KC Startup Village, a … read more

5001_c384cf4a69_small November 12, 2012 by Paige Yowell

Des Moines Change is now available for "anyone who wants to ditch their cash register and live a simpler life," according to the app's website. Created by Des Moines mobile app firm BitMethod, Change is a restaurant and retail management system with an iPad-based point of sale. A few months ago, we wrote about the app's launch into private beta at a local coffee shop, the kind of client it aims … read more

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