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Prairie Moves: Internet Solver, PeggyBank, Jordan Lampe and more

What is Prairie Moves?

Published Tuesdays and Fridays, Prairie Moves keeps our readers informed about career moves, media coverage, product development and more from the companies and individuals we cover on Silicon Prairie News.

If you or your company would like to submit one of the items below for our next Prairie Moves post, please email editor@siliconprairienews.com. And if you have suggestions on how we could improve these posts or any of our coverage, please contact danny@siliconprairienews.com.

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Internet Solver (Des Moines), a provider of internet and telephone service and support, acquired the web service portion of Freese-Notis (Des Moines), one of city’s first internet providers – Internet Solver and Des Moines Register


  • Xuba (Omaha), the social commerce company behind social beauty store Bloom.com, closed a $5.4 million Series A round led by Capricorn Investment Group (an investment firm with strong Omaha ties) – SPN, Press Release and FashInvest
  • Capricorn Investment Group (an investment firm with strong Omaha ties) participated in Yammer’s (San Francisco) finance raise of $85 million – SPN and Techmeme
  • Business Insider unnamed sources say that Ashton Kutcher was a part of Dwolla’s $5 million Series B round in February – Business Insider and SPN

New Creative

Product/Business Development & Milestones


Gig Bits

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  • StartupIowa launched Iowa Startupedia – startupedia.startupia.org and StartupIowa blog
  • The Des Moines foursquare badge arrived – SPN
  • Think Big Partners (Kansas City) invited Midwest entrepreneurs on Flyover Field Trip to Silicon Valley Bank Showcase and Think Big Showcase – Press Release and Think Big Partners blog
  • Think Big Partners (Kansas City) held its first Pitch Camp – Think Big Partners blog
  • Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce’s Big 5 now has a website – big5kc.com
  • Red Nova Labs (Kansas City) will take Venture Friday off-site and mix up the format in 2012 – Press Release
  • Wade Foster of Zapier.com (Columbia, Mo.) and Jim Spencer of Newsy (Columbia, Mo.) were announced as speakers of the upcoming TEDx event at the University of Missouri – Columbia Daily Tribune


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