Silicon Prairie News

1097_b13f73561d_small July 21, 2010 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines Across the globe, startups are utilizing mobile technology to create innovative and disruptive product offerings. Locally, we're seeing the mobile tech community continue to expand, as well. One of those recent additions is a company called Pongr. The startup still maintains a Boston address, but co-founder and native Iowan, Zach Cox, has plans… read more

1082_1b34655015_small July 16, 2010 by Geoff Wood

Urbandale Over the past decade, technology professionals across the country have come to know as an important site for industry job-seekers and recruiters. What's not always apparent, however, is that Dice is located in the Des Moines area and has been since the founders moved it to Iowa 15 years ago. The company began as a San Francisco-based startup… read more

1079_f6716645e6_small July 15, 2010 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha In addition to putting his leadership skills to work inside of TD AMERITRADE, Joe Moglia, the company's current chairman and former CEO, has been sharing them at conferences, fundraisers, and universities over the past decade. Friends of mine that have seen him speak say he's one of the most inspirational speakers they have heard. Although I didn't get to… read more

1063_dea84d0a3f_small July 15, 2010 by Andrea Ciurej

Omaha Before Carter Cast began building futures with the nation’s leading companies, he was more interested in the building of past civilizations. The Stanford University graduate was a history buff during his college years. Going on to earn a bachelor’s degree in political science, Cast, as a child, was more so an archaeologist who collected rocks and had a love for dinosaurs. “I’ve always enjoyed learning… read more

993_cd191b87e4_small July 14, 2010 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha When Joe Moglia, former CEO and current chairman of TD AMERITRADE, sat down with The Reader's Kyle Tonniges for the first issue of disRUPT, he spoke candidly about subjects ranging from his childhood in Manhattan to his quest to land a career as a Division I head football coach. Most of all, he reflected on his tenure at AMERITRADE and the impact… read more

1052_f9e540bced_small July 6, 2010 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha When I spoke with Chad Stansbury a couple weeks ago to learn more about Scriptito, I also asked him to share his thoughts on entrepreneurship. In January, Chad, 40, married with two children, left his full-time job as director of IT at Carlson Hotels Worldwide to create a product he could call his own. He set up an office in his basement and began… read more

1005_04db71cc03_small June 23, 2010 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha Over lunch at last Wednesday's Regional Energy Innovation Summit, attendees were treated to a presentation from Ted Zoller, Ph.D., executive director of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. Zoller, who's also an adjunct professor at UNC, has been an entrepreneur for most of his life. Now, it's his mission to help entrepreneurs. read more

982_c7a1c1fa1a_small June 17, 2010 by Andrea Ciurej

Lincoln When Dr. C. Layne Fontenot was an engineering manager for Intel Corporation, he had attracted an unknown illness that neither he nor his doctors were able to diagnose. Fontenot kept getting the run-around from doctor's office to the next in search of his medical condition. In the meantime, he became sicker and sicker. "[He] became really sick to the point where he couldn't work anymore," said Wade Sikkink (left), who was a product manager at Intel at the time. "Nobody could figure out what was wrong… read more

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