Day: April 5, 2012

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Hatchlings takes its troubles with Google to the web

By SPN Team / April 5, 2012

Hatchlings, a Facebook game billed as “the world’s largest virtual Easter Egg hunt,” published a blog post today detailing its attempts to collect on revenue from its disabled Google AdSense account.

“After trying to go through the ‘proper channels’ for almost a year now it’s time to share this story of how Google screwed over our startup with the world,” Brad Dwyer, the company’s co-founder and CEO, wrote. …

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Prairie Portrait: Ben Kittrell of LiveOn

By SPN Team / April 5, 2012

Silicon Prairie News: What was it about the opportunity at LiveOn that enticed you to make the move there a year ago? |

Ben Kittrell: They said they were looking for someone with strong development and entrepreneurial experience that was ready to lead a team of developers, but not seasoned “Manager.” That’s exactly where I was at that time. On top of that I was inspired by the concept behind LiveOn and the CEO’s vision. I’ve been asked to help with a lot of different projects, and this was the first time I instantly thought “Yes, this is going to be huge.” |
SPN: Fresh off a trip to SXSW, where LiveOn was up against the likes of Google and IBM for the Interactive Award for technical achievement, what do you think the experience and exposure …

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U.S. CIO VanRoekel talks startups, savings, new tech in Iowa visit

By SPN Team / April 5, 2012

Steven VanRoekel, the United States’ new Chief Information Officer, made the rounds at his old stomping grounds on Monday.
VanRoekel, who grew up in Cherokee, Iowa and graduated from Iowa State University, returned to his alma mater to give a talk and also visited StartupCity Des Moines, a downtown technology startup incubator, during a visit to central Iowa.

Just the second person to hold the position of U.S. CIO, VanRoekel took over the post in August after stints with the U.S. …

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Goodsmiths is open to buyers and ready to make more moves

By SPN Team / April 5, 2012

The “Marketplace for Makers” is now open to buyers. Goodsmiths, a website for crafters to buy and sell their handmade goods, on Wednesday opened its virtual doors to shoppers for the first time.
Though Goodsmiths co-founders James Eliason and Levi Rosol characterized Wednesday as a “soft launch,” in part because Dwolla was the only payment option immediately available — PayPal will be added …

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Q&A: Shawn Blanc reflects on one year of full-time blogging

By SPN Team / April 5, 2012

One year after making the leap from part-time to full-time blogger, Shawn Blanc has no regrets.

Blanc launched shawnblanc.net, his tech- and design-centric blog, in July of 2007 on the side of his full-time job as director of marketing for the International House of Prayer (IHOP) in Kansas City, Mo. In April 2011 he left IHOP to write and blog full-time.

Silicon Prairie News conducted an email interview with Blanc this month, the one-year anniversary of his foray …

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