A collage of some of the year’s headlines of articles giving recognition to Silicon Prairie startups.
Here are seven Silicon Prairie companies and entrepreneurs that earned mentioned on 2011 end-of-year lists:
Dwolla, the online cash transfer startup based in Des Moines, and Zaarly, a social commerce site co-founded by Kansas Citian Bo Fishback, earned recognition on ReadWriteWeb’s “Top 10 Startups of 2011” list.
Zaarly was named to Business Insider’s “20 Best New Startups Of 2011” list, earned mention in CNET’s “Best startup ideas of 2011” article and was one of Practical eCommerce’s “Top 20 Mobile Productivity Apps of 2011“.
Dwolla was also recognized by Business Insider on a list titled “Investors Gone Wild: 13 Hot Startups That Created Funding Frenzies This Year” and was named by the Des Moines Business Record (twice) (three times)* in its year in review stories.
The Des Moines area startup community earned the No. 4 spot on the Des Moines Register’s “Top 10 business stories of 2011“, with mentions of Dwolla and StartupCity, an incubator that opened its doors in late 2011.
Looking ahead, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Drone Journalism Lab was linked in Make Magazine’s “Predictions For 2012” article.
*Update at 11:45 a.m. – Added a third reference to Dwolla in the Des Moines Business Record.