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2911_682613bd8c_small September 27, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines Tune in today at 2 p.m. for Episode 57 of PrairieCast streaming live from the Silicon Prairie News office in downtown Des Moines. Our guest today is Tej Dhawan (left, from, one of the founders of Startup City Des Moines, who will be talking with us about their recent funding announcement. We'll also be talking about the latest speakers to be added to the Thinc Iowa lineup, Zaarly, Dwolla and Call Me Meeting … read more

2909_85bb896665_small September 26, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines Join us live at 2 p.m. Tuesday for episode 57 of PrairieCast with special guest Tej Dhawan (left, from of Startup City Des Moines. Dhawan is joining us just a few days after an exciting announcement of a funding award to Startup City by the State of Iowa (see our post "StartupCity Des Moines secures $250k from state, nears opening"). In addition to Startup City, we'll be talking with Dhawan … read more

2883_596c30aeac_small September 20, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines Join us live at 2 p.m. CDT for Episode 56 of PrairieCast with guest Brian Hemesath. Hemesath, a serial entrepreneur currently working on Catchwind, VolunteerLocal and NotifyWorks, will preview his presentation for tomorrow's BIZ Networking Lunchoen on boostrapping his startups. He'll also discuss the news of the week including Startup Weekend Omaha, Tom Chapman's "Stack of Aces" idea and lots of entrepreneurial programs getting funding around the region. Bide your time waiting for us to go live by watching last week's episode with David Graff of Hudl … read more

2874_6a7d2e3d8e_small September 19, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines Join us Tuesday at 2 p.m. CDT for Episode 56 of PrairieCast with our guest Brian Hemesath, the CEO of Catchwind and my business partner at VolunteerLocal. Hemesath, a veteran of the Des Moines startup community, will give us an update on his latest ventures as well as a bit of preview on what he'll talk about Wednesday when he presents at the BIZ's Networking Luncheon on the topic of "lessons learned while bootstrapping business." As always, we'll cover the news and preview the best events in the region taking place next week. … read more

2840_00dcde6950_small September 13, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines As Hank Williams, Jr. has been known to say, "Are you ready for some startup technology related to football?!" OK, maybe that's not what ol' Hank says on Monday Night Football but it's the topic of today's PrairieCast as we welcome guest David Graff, CEO of Lincoln-based Hudl today at 2 p.m. CDT. We'll be asking Graff about Hudl's founding at the University of Nebraska, signing their first NFL … read more

2833_3a29cf2c29_small September 12, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines As you likely know, it's officially football season on the Silicon Prairie. So what better time to have the CEO and co-founder of one of the region's most successful sports-related startups as our guest on PrairieCast? Hudl's David Graff (left, photo from will join us live on Tuesday at 2 p.m. to fill us in on everything the Hudl team is doing as well as talk through the news of the week. If you missed last week's episode with our guest Ben Milne of Dwolla, it's not too late check it out now: PrairieCast with Ben Milne (video). Also, PrairieCast video is now being syndicated … read more

2804_4f1766394f_small September 6, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines Kick off your short Labor Day work week the right way with episode 54 of PrairieCast coming to you live at 2 p.m. CDT. Our guest will be Ben Milne, (left, photo by Anna Jones) CEO and co-founder of Dwolla, who is making his way six entire floors down in the Midland Building to join us on the show for the third time. We'll be talking about Mike Naugton's guest post about startups versus internships, a big milestone for Battle Bears and the winner …  read more

2780_296377c34b_small August 30, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines Tune in today at 2 p.m. CDT for Episode 53 of PrairieCast, streaming live from the Silicon Prairie News offices in Des Moines. We'll be joined by guests Justin Schoen of eComegy and SPN intern Brittany Mascio. Topics will include last week's Dwolla meetup, coworking across the region and the Hudl presentation at Cornstalks. PrairieCast is a live podcast, recorded weekly, that features round table-style discussion of the top issues in startup culture … read more

2749_9378b4c663_small August 23, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines Tune in this afternoon at 2 for Episode 52 of PrairieCast streaming live from the Silicon Prairie News office in Des Moines. Geoff is serving his civic duty as juror across the street at the Polk County Courthouse, so Andy will be running the show with first-time guest Norah Carroll (right photo from, a digital strategist at Lava Row, and Mike Colwell (left photo from who is returning to talk about his new project, … read more

2720_cdbb68dd9e_small August 16, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines Tune in today at 2 p.m. CDT for Episode 51 of PrairieCast streaming live from Des Moines. We'll be joined by West Des Moines attorney Rush Nigut, the founder of NotifyWorks and Michael Stacy, one of Silicon Prairie News' editors in Omaha. Discussion topics will include new kid-friendly apps in the region like PikuZone and Bumble phone, the Mayors Innovation team in both Kansas Citys and the Chris Pirillo meetup. PrairieCast is … read more

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