Silicon Prairie News

3286_155e64d901_small December 9, 2011 by Christopher New

Des Moines Assistant prof. Jeff Inman's senior magazine capstone at Drake University feels equal parts college-newspaper-the-night-before-press and professional blog newsroom. Perhaps that's because the veteran of alternative weeklies, including Des Moines' Cityview, runs this class of over a dozen senior journalism students like a commercial publication. … read more

2280_6fd2acbf5b_small May 20, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines Anna Jones' view of the Des Moines startup community comes from a unique perspective: behind a camera lens. Jones operates her business, Anna Jones | Art of Photography, from Des Moines full-time, documenting everything from babies to weddings to commercial projects. As of December, she's also on her way to establishing herself as the photographer of choice for events throughout the startup community. "This ties in … read more

1333_77fd3ea070_small October 8, 2010 by Danny Schreiber

Last Friday, Robert Murphy teamed up with photographer Jordan Green to cover a KANEKO Great Minds Series presentation by Josh Cooley, a story artist and director at Pixar Animation Studios. To read Murphy's recap of Cooley's presentation, "Coloring Outside the Lines," see: Josh Cooley gives an in-depth look at Pixar’s creative process. On Saturday, Murphy met with Cooley to learn more… read more

1244_8a988fbc69_small September 10, 2010 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha Last November, the newly-opened Marcus Midtown Cinema played host to Oscar-winning actor Martin Landau for an exclusive showing of his latest lead acting role, "Lovely, Still". The man of the hour, however, was one 56 years younger than Landau, Nik Fackler. The film's 25 year-old writer and director (now 26), was in his hometown to present his first feature film. Fast forward 10 month to today, the film is opening in New York and Pennsylvania. read more

1153_e8f0b40710_small August 17, 2010 by Geoff Wood

Winfield Not every startup is nimble enough to adapt to the constantly changing economic environment of the last few years, but that ability has been key to the success of Winfield, Iowa's Grasshorse. In 2002, Grasshorse was founded by Stephen Jennings as an animation studio in California. Five years later, he and his sister Kathy Buxton, Grasshorse… read more

914_1eb0ee6ef7_small June 29, 2010 by Jeff Slobotski

Omaha In the weeks leading up to Big Omaha, I conducted an audio interview with Scott Belsky, founder and CEO of Behance, a New York-based company developing products and services for creative industries. Belsky shared information around the creation of the Behance Network, the world's leading online platform for creative professionals, and The 99 Percent, Behance's think tank and annual conference devoted to execution in the creative world. read more

949_c486bd0f28_small June 3, 2010 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha While an undergraduate at the University of Chicago, Willy Chyr learned to juggle figuratively and literally. Between double-majoring in economics and physics and hanging out with friends, Chyr performed in a local circus. And when opportunity presented itself his sophomore year, he added another ball to his act. "One time an event organizer was looking for a balloon twister… read more

923_f4134764f8_small May 26, 2010 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines A self-described video blogger recently premiered a somewhat unorthodox autobiographical documentary at Impromptu Studio in Des Moines. The film, 101 Days of 12 Second Videos, is an amalgamation of John Pemble’s life from late-2009 through March 20, 2010. John utilized the web-based video platform to publish a literal… read more

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