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7078_535d2d8121_small July 18, 2014 by Guest Contributor

Des Moines (Guest post by Ben Milne) 2013 was one of the hardest years of my life. It wasn’t the hardest but it was challenging. The hardest, was one year as a kid when my dad got Parkinson’s, my mom got sick, my mom’s best friend died and the grandparent who helped raise me withered away like ash with cancer right in front of my eyes. That’s a different kind of hard… read more

6535_236b678a41_small February 28, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Des Moines Next time you hit the "checkout" button on, you'll have the option of paying with Dwolla. Through Zinc Save—a plugin for Google Chrome—customers are able to order goods online and pay with funds from their Dwolla account ... read more

6265_cdf564351a_small November 25, 2013 by Megan Bannister

Des Moines A few weeks ago, the Des Moines-based financial startup Dwolla released an API demo iPhone app on Github. Not long after, Iowa State University student Brett Neese took the API and began modifying it. Last week, his customized app—PayHere (for Dwolla)—appeared in the Apple App Store, with a version 2.0 already active ... read more

6207_89cd55b79b_small November 4, 2013 by Megan Bannister

Iowa City This afternoon Iowa City, Iowa-based startup clusterFlunk announced via Facebook that its services will be scaling to 50 major universities beginning in January. "The decision to scale to the number 50, was in regards to our runway and size of team," co-founder AJ Nelson told Silicon Prairie News. "We feel with our current team and resources this is a number that we can handle. By making this public, we now sort of have to." ... read more

6176_fc28f2f97f_small October 22, 2013 by Megan Bannister

Des Moines Earlier this month Dwolla announced the launch of a private beta for its real-time payment system. Today the Des Moines startup opened its new platform, Dwolla Credit, to public beta with Alliance Data Retail Services and subsidiary Comenity Capital Bank as its financial partner. "Essentially, if you think about what we’ve done integrating the way cash moves online ... read more

October 8, 2013 by Megan Bannister

Des Moines Des Moines-based startup Dwolla announced Monday that after three months of work, the online payment company will launch real-time payments in private beta. While the blog post announcing the launch offered few details, Dwolla CEO and founder Ben Milne did note... read more

September 18, 2013 by Megan Bannister

On Tuesday Dwolla's founder and CEO Ben Milne appeared as a guest on the bi-weekly podcast This Week in Startups. Milne discussed everything from getting angry about credit card fees and splitting time among the startup's offices ... read more

6005_e81dad606e_small August 21, 2013 by Megan Bannister

Des Moines This morning the MIT Technology Review revealed its prestigious annual list of "35 Innovators Under 35." This year, that group included Dwolla founder and CEO Ben Milne. Milne, who was honored as an outstanding entrepreneur, will be featured online and in print. The Des Moines-based startup's founder also will appear on the cover of the magazine's September/October issue ... read more

July 30, 2013 by Megan Bannister

Des Moines On his personal blog Monday, Dwolla founder Ben Milne wrote about why he chose to invest in Iowa City startup clusterFlunk. "The founders are worth following just to see what happens," Milne wrote of co-founder AJ Nelson and Joe Dallago... read more

5714_18fb770cd9_small May 31, 2013 by Megan Bannister

Iowa City Six months ago Iowa City-based startup clusterFlunk was little more than an idea. Now co-founders Joe Dallago and AJ Nelson have stopped attending the University of Iowa to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams. "We are working on clusterFlunk full time and are excited about it," Nelson said. "It was cool to take our 'leap of faith,' and we're ready to keep building the company." And so far, they have. Since the company launched in January … read more

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