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6317_b7158cf83c_small December 13, 2013 by Guest Contributor

Cedar Rapids (Guest post by Ben Anderson) When I set out to create Bandwidth Pool, a complex online bidding website, I knew I wasn’t going to be able to do it alone. I don’t have any practical experience designing, developing or generally understanding the components that comprise a complex web application. Because of the lack of programming experience, outsourcing the build of my website to a development firm was the best option...  read more

5734_4b85519aac_small May 20, 2013 by Danny Schreiber

Cedar Rapids The Iowa Economic Development Authority on Friday awarded a $100,000 loan to Bandwith Pool, the Cedar Rapids startup that wants to make it easier for businesses to find reliable and affordable Internet providers. The assistance came through the state's Demonstration Fund, a fund that aims to help potential high-growth companies reach a position where they're able to attract later-stage private sector funding. When we first covered Bandwidth Pool in March, it had just released its public beta—users could sign up, pay … read more

5444_ed785fac35_small March 22, 2013 by Joe Stych

Cedar Rapids We take internet access for granted, but a reliable connection is crucial to the success of many businesses. Of course, a stable network with breakneck speeds isn't cheap—especially for larger companies. Ben Anderson thinks he can save office-based buyers bags of cash—and a lot of grief—with his new venture, Bandwidth Pool. … read more

1667_0050f34427_small January 11, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines (Zach, left, and Ben Anderson of 8/7 Central. Photo courtesy of Eric Rowley/Juice.) Custom-designed T-shirts are a hot commodity among tech startups, and custom screenprinting and design studio 8/7 Central (87c) has positioned itself as the provider of choice for the local entrepreneurial community. "I'm not smart enough to be an engineer or developer, but I always thought it would be awesome if I was," said Ben Anderson, 25, co-owner… read more

1644_2276e1a703_small January 6, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines Over the holidays a curious new website,, launched with pictures of people throughout Des Moines' creative class. It's a side project from 8/7 Central, a screen printer and creative agency. The website describes itself as a "virtual rolodex" but we weren't exactly sure what to make of it. I recently had the chance to ask Ben Anderson, from the 8/7 Central team, about it: "We can't really take much credit for it, Portland did it first… read more

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