Day: December 9, 2010

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Christian Renaud announces Startup City Des Moines

By Geoff Wood / December 9, 2010

Yesterday afternoon, local entrepreneur and startup enthusiast Christian Renaud (left, photo from christianrenaud.com) gathered a group of 20 or so people in the back half of Java Joes coffee house in downtown Des Moines. The focus of the gathering, which I attended, was to explore the need as well as judge the interest level of creating a startup incubator in Des Moines.

Today, in a post on his blog, ChristianRenaud.com, he officially announced that he’s moving forward with the idea, which he’s calling Startup City Des Moines, for several a very personal reasons. “I watch new entrepreneurs struggle with the central Iowa ecosystem…

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Wanted: Daredevil Spring Intern

By Danny Schreiber / December 9, 2010

We’re gearing up to do big things in 2011 and we’re looking for a college student to join our team from January through May. In that time period, we’ll be significantly increasing our content production, so we need a student who is either in journalism school or has a passion for writing. We’ll also be heavily preparing for Big Omaha during those five months, so we’ll need someone who is either learning about event management or has a deep interest in it.

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TAI now accepting nominations for 2011 Prometheus Awards

By Danny Schreiber / December 9, 2010

The Technology Association of Iowa’s annual Prometheus Awards banquet is still several months away but nominations opened today for the 15 categories to be honored. According to TAI, this awards showcase honors companies and individuals who represent the best and brightest in technology and business and have demonstrated outstanding leadership and innovation. Here are the categories seeking nominations…

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First Look: Halo Institute’s new home at Creighton

By Danny Schreiber / December 9, 2010

This past October, Halo Institute, a nonprofit business incubator now wholly run by Creighton University College of Business, relocated to Creighton University’s campus at 2500 California Plaza. Steven Adams (pictured left) and I stopped by yesterday to interview Halo’s new director and entrepreneur in resident, John Blazek (pictured right). We have a story in the works that will be published next week…

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Annual Report: Culture of Risk Taking

By Geoff Wood / December 9, 2010

Over the next several weeks, we’ll expand on each of the items that are to be included in the inaugural “Silicon Prairie Annual Report,” which we’ve described as a “look back at the previous year in the Silicon Prairie region, taking into account such metrics as company formations, product releases and developments, investment and M&A activity, and community building.”

Today, I’m starting…

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