Day: June 27, 2012

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Solum plans to take root in Iowa with new funding

By SPN Team / June 27, 2012

After recieving $100,000 from the Iowa Economic Development Authority one week and closing a $17 million Series B round led by Andreessen Horowitz the next, California-based ag-tech startup Solum is planning to build a laboratory in Ames and staff it with local talent.

Solum develops technologies for field sampling and analysis that aim to help farmers increase their yields. “We believe …

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Thank you to our June sponsors

By SPN Team / June 27, 2012

As we near the end of this month, we want to take a quick moment to thank all of the great organizations in the Silicon Prairie and beyond that are supporting our team’s efforts to produce this daily news blog. Thank you, June sponsors!

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VinSolutions sale in rearview, Watson hones in on Stackify, angel investing

By SPN Team / June 27, 2012

A passion for problem-solving has led Matt Watson to launch Stackify, a software startup that aims to make troubleshooting and support easier for software developers.

“I love to build things and I love to solve problems.” Watson said. “I like to help users solve their problems and make their lives easier. For some reason it is just fun for me.”
Watson, a long-time Kansas City, Mo. resident, launched Stackify in January to solve the frustrations developers …

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Outgoing UNL journalism dean Kebbel talks new mobile media role

By SPN Newsroom / June 27, 2012

Mobile media has been Gary Kebbel’s mission since 2007, when he was on a Fullbright scholarship teaching in South Africa. “When my students were bored with me, they’d take out their dumb phones – not smart phones – and do their mobile banking,” Kebbel said in a phone interview. “And I realized then that we in the U.S. are so far behind… in our use of mobile technology.”
That’s why Kebbel this month …

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