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3946_791e45a6b0_small April 10, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Des Moines Dwolla today put an end to the speculation about its secret star investor. The Des Moines-based online cash transfer startup confirmed that Ashton Kutcher did, in fact, contribute to the $5 million Series B round it announced in February. And as that news rippled out across the internet, Kutcher and Dwolla CEO Ben Milne explained why the relationship between investor and company transcends the very tidal wave of publicity it was already … read more

3945_cf3def4fae_small April 10, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Des Moines When reports of Ashton Kutcher's involvement in Dwolla's $5 million Series B round surfaced in late February and set the rumor mill in motion, the team behind Dwolla, an online cash transfer startup, remained mum on the subject. But today, Dwolla and Kutcher are going public with their relationship. Kutcher, an Iowa native, Hollywood star and frequent … read more

3710_e089bad41a_small March 2, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Published Tuesdays and Fridays, Prairie Moves keeps our readers informed about career moves, media coverage, product development and more from the companies and individuals we cover on Silicon Prairie News. If you or your company would like to submit one of the items below for our next Prairie Moves post, please email And if you have suggestions on how we could improve these posts or any … read more

3713_36829e1dd8_small February 29, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Des Moines Citing unnamed sources, Business Insider today reported that Iowa native and Hollywood star Ashton Kutcher participated in Dwolla's $5 million Series B round that the startup announced earlier this month. "Sources tell us Ashton Kutcher, an Iowa native, is the mystery investor," Insider's Alyson Shontell, who also covered Dwolla's Series B, wrote. When reached by phone this evening, Dwolla's director of communications, Jordan … read more

1911_eb1ed06b21_small March 9, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

Kansas City Remember that startup we first wrote about less than two weeks ago? The one that launched at Startup Weekend Los Angeles on February 20 with a pitch by Kansas Citian Bo Fishback? The one that had celebrities Demi Moore and LeVar Burton tweeting about it the night it launched? Yeah, that one: Zaarly. Earlier today, TechCrunch broke the story that Zaarly had raised a $1 million seed round from a slate of notable investors: Ashton Kutcher, Naval… read more

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