Silicon Prairie News

3592_814cf4ac9b_small February 7, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Omaha When Proxibid president Ryan Downs sat down for an interview with Silicon Prairie News in September, Downs highlighted two goals at the top of his company's to-do list for the immediate future: growth of the marketplace and international expansion. With its latest hire, Proxibid appears to be backing up Downs' talk. The Omaha-based real auction marketplace announced Monday that Larry Latham, billed by Proxibid as an "auction industry pioneer," has joined its team to add focus to its business development strategy. "I am very excited about the opportunity … read more

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

3588_7851c2d309_small February 7, 2012 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines Join us live today at 2 p.m. for Episode 73 of PrairieCast. Our guests will be Mike Ferrari, co-founder of Social Money Systems, and Mike Colwell, director of the Business Innovation Zone. As you'd expect, we'll cover the news (not rumors this time) that just broke about Dwolla's investment round and also get the inside scoop from Ferrari about all the recent changes at his company. Have you checked out PrairieCast's … 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

3586_c92e43bc51_small February 7, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha Two Omahans are among a list of investors named as participants in a $2.5 million Series A round by Artspace, an online marketplace for contemporary art. On Jan. 31, the New York-based startup sent out the announcement, naming 12 investors. Four of them are institutional investors and eight are individuals, including Todd Simon, senior … 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

3581_6c2246c586_small February 6, 2012 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines Tune in Tuesday at 2 p.m. for Episode 73 of PrairieCast streaming live from Des Moines. Our guests this week are Social Money Systems (née SmartyPig) co-founder Mike Ferrari (far left) and BIZ director Mike Colwell (near left). The big change at SmartyPig is tops on our agenda, and of course your favorite new segments Fast Four and Andy's Stat of the Week will be … read more

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