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3112_121e803da6_small October 31, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Des Moines The ninth speaker in our Video Series is Douglas Olson, who is a partner director of development for Microsoft Expression Studio, Microsoft's suite of creative and design applications. Olson, who has worked nearly two decades in the startup world to complement his time working for a corporation at Microsoft, shared vignettes from his experiences … read more

3107_14c9afb31f_small October 31, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Des Moines The eighth speaker in our Video Series is Luke Vandermillen, who heads up marketing for retirement and investor services at the Principal Financial Group, a Des Moines-based financial services provider. A Fortune 500 company founded in 1879, The Principal is firmly entrenched on the "corporation" side of the conversation between startups and … read more

3094_0873a866aa_small October 28, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Des Moines The seventh speaker in our Video Series is Ben Milne, co-founder and CEO of Dwolla, a payment platform that allows users to send and receive funds from any other user at a flat rate of 25 cents per transaction. In his talk, Milne discussed the unique challenges and advantages associated with building a business in Iowa, addressed what he views … read more

3093_cbba0bd596_small October 27, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Des Moines The sixth speaker in our Video Series is Scott Case, CEO of the Startup America Partnership, which is an independent, private-sector entity that brings together mentors, advisors, funders, major corporations and service providers to deliver the resources needed to help entrepreneurs start and scale companies. In his talk, Case described the types of … read more

3092_1f31d8706b_small October 27, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Des Moines The fifth speaker in our Video Series is Jerri Chou, founder and managing partner of Lovely Day, which works to make innovative social solutions the new standard for "business as usual." A social innovation expert, Chou also founded All Day Buffet, an organization whose mission is to change the world through creativity and business … read more

3089_213e3bab24_small October 27, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

Des Moines The fourth speaker in our Video Series: Robbie Vitrano, co-founder and chairman of Trumpet Group, a venture marketing company that is a manifestation of the reinventing of New Orleans. In his talk, Vitrano shared a personal story to show how creativity can be applied in a way that has more impact both in business development and community building. … read more

3080_58bc3e365a_small October 26, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Des Moines The third speaker in our video series is Andy Murray, founder and chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi X, a worldwide advertising network for which he oversees marketing and advertising and technology efforts. Also this year, Murray launched Mercury 11, a company that mentors entrepreneurs with disruptive ideas. … read more

3083_98a3579299_small October 26, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

Des Moines The second speaker in our Video Series: Paige Craig, co-founder and CEO of BetterWorks, a platform where businesses can quickly create better, more rewarding work environments for their employees. In his talk, Craig focuses on passion and how to build a company, honing in on one of his principals, thinking big and executing small. In the second half … read more

3074_7b853bd448_small October 25, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

Des Moines First up in our Video Series: Ben Silberman, co-founder of Pinterest, an online pinboard site that gives its users a place to discover new things handpicked by other users. In his talk, Silbermann shared the story of his journey to entrepreneurship, the story of co-founding Pinterest and a few things that are inspirational to him and his … read more

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