Silicon Prairie News

6913_f3e8cb7846_small May 31, 2014 by Regan Carrizales

Kansas City To all startup founders and CEOs, freakishly celebrate and learn from your mistakes. There 's no greater teacher when it comes to building your company. Thursday's second installment of our Let’s Talk session, hosted in partnership with Missouri Bank, was a great reminder of this and drove home that there is no playbook for how you build a team and culture. As our small group gathered around the table to talk about building a team—recruiting talent, the interview process, building culture and local startup examples of how it's done, performance and accountability—it was clear this is the most critical, painful, semi-miserable and rewarding part of building a startup. read more

6779_88e1726832_small May 2, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Des Moines In March, I wrote a post about starting an entrepreneurial-themed book club in Des Moines. While we're still trying to figure out some of the logistics, as of last week we wrapped up Des Moines' Startup Book Club's first book: "Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook" by Gary Vaynerchuk. I've never been a big fan of book reviews, but because the point of our Startup Book Club is to learn something new, I decided to share some of the social media lessons I learned along the way. Think of this as a highlight reel of sorts if you happen to be too busy to pick up Vaynerchuk's book yourself. read more

6343_1ba18a98a6_small January 1, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

The start of a new year always gets us thinking about what new innovations, tech trends and successful startups the next 365 days will bring. While this may not be the year that we finally get our hoverboards—sorry, McFly, that's 2015—our editorial team came up with five tech trends we're excited to watch play out over the next year... read more

5857_49fd8fdb34_small July 1, 2013 by Megan Bannister

Des Moines A few weeks ago, I opened my email on a Monday night to find a message from Dwolla's director of communications Jordan Lampe. Union Square Venture's general manager Brittany Laughlin (left) was headed to Des Moines for the day to chat with the Dwolla staff, but Jordan had something else in mind as well. "What if we did something like this?" he asked, referencing a link to Mac Chafkin's recent Fast Company article where nine … read more

5640_9153198e6d_small May 1, 2013 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines Here we go again with the ag stuff. As most of my friends will tell you, it peeves me when the national media stereotypes Iowa based on its agricultural history. By almost any account, Dwolla's announcement Tuesday of its $16.5 million Series C round led by Andreessen Horowitz was a great thing for Des Moines' startup community. It brought continued attention to what's been growing here, added more than 30 startup jobs here … read more

5590_ac0c0cb6a7_small April 22, 2013 by Regan Carrizales

Kansas City Storytelling is a beautiful, ever-evolving art form and Instagram is one of its vehicles. As I was scrolling through my feed last Friday, I stopped for a second to reflect on the events of the past few months and the impact of those events on the Kansas City startup community. Our inaugural Big Kansas City event came and went with high fives and smiles, moments of inspiration and moments that emotionally moved each of us. Standing to the side of the stage as Scott … read more

5300_01c0df1b67_small February 22, 2013 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines Iowans are everywhere; at least that's how it feels to me. I'm the type of person that loves to catalog and share random knowledge, and when I learn that someone has a connection to this state I make a mental note of it. Those connections – people born, raised, educated or who otherwise lived here for a significant amount of time but have now moved elsewhere – are what we're calling "expats." As I wrote … read more

5299_560a0da531_small February 15, 2013 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines Growing the Silicon Prairie startup community has been part of our organization's mission since its earliest days. That includes drawing attention to new startups, shining a spotlight on those making strides, sharing news about great events in the region and highlighting the folks working hard behind the scenes. When I presented "Silicon Prairie News, the Startup," at 1 Million Cups - Des Moines a few weeks ago, one of the questions asked of me was: "What are you doing to bring new people … read more

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