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Prairie Moves: POWOW, BarFly, Ova Ova 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.

In memoriam…

Our thoughts are with the team at the Des Moines Business Record on the passing of Jim Pollock, managing editor. Read about Pollock and his impact: “Letter from the editor: Business Record’s Jim Pollock passes away


  • Crop Ventures (Omaha), an agriculture technology startup, raised a $1 million seed round – SPN

Career Moves

New Tech

  • MyGeoTrex (Kansas City), a GPS-powered social application, launched at DEMO 2012 in Santa Clara, Calif. – Press Release, Venture Beat and SPN
  • Handmark launched POWOW Messenger for Android, “the only text messenger that lets the user include anyone on any mobile phone in their circle of friends or family, teams, coworkers, and neighbors” – Press Release, powowmessaging.com and Google Play

New Creative

Product/Business Development and Milestones


Gig Bits

Gig Bits is an occasional feature keeping our readers up to speed on Google Fiber. Read Gig Bits.




  • Omaha World-Herald: “Google to expand in the Bluffs?” and “Google gets OK to grow in the Bluffs
  • The Iowa Economic Development Authority Board awarded tax benefits through the High Quality Jobs program to Google Inc. for a potential expansion of its current operations in the Council Bluffs area – Iowa Economic Development Authority
  • Weiv (Des Moines) is looking for beta testers for its latest version – Weiv blog
  • Hudl (Lincoln, Neb.) is now offering a $10,000 hiring bonus for developers and designers – Hudl blog
  • eVents (Kansas City) director to speak at Campaign Tech 2012 conference – Press Release
  • Technology Association of Iowa (Des Moines) posted photos of i2iowa – facebook.com
  • Bawte (Des Moines) is set to host a launch party on May 23 – facebook.com
  • Slouch Couch (Omaha) announced its upcoming game, Drugrunner – twitter.com


Credits: Photo by Nedra via Flickr

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