Day: October 2, 2012

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Prairie Moves: Quartz explores Dwolla-Square collaboration

By SPN Team / October 2, 2012

Lead Read

“Why the two hottest US startups in payments might collaborate to marginalize Visa and Mastercard” – Quartz lays out an argument for how a collaboration between Dwolla and Square could disrupt retail payment services. |
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“But overall, I can recommend PeggyBank.” – Wall Street Journal’s Walt Mossberg puts his stamp of approval on …

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Pitch and Grow events set for Des Moines, Cedar Falls this month

By SPN Team / October 2, 2012

The Technology Association of Iowa (TAI) will host a pair of Pitch and Grow events this month, providing entrepreneurs a chance to compete for cash and prizes as they pitch business ideas to a supportive audience of industry experts.
The first of those events, Pitch and Grow XI, will take place from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday at StartupCity Des Moines. There, competitors will vie for a $1,000 grand prize. Admission is free for students and costs $25 for everyone else. Online registration is available for both presenters …

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Code for America chooses Kansas City as partner in 2013 fellowship

By SPN Team / October 2, 2012

Code For America today announced that Kansas City, Mo. and Kansas City, Kan. have been selected as partner cities in its 2013 fellowship. The Code for America (CfA) application was a joint effort between the two cities, spearheaded by the offices of Sly James, the mayor of Kansas City, Mo., and Joe Reardon, the mayor of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kan.

Kansas City was one of nine communities chosen from a pool of 30 applicants. The program’s other 2013 partners are Las Vegas, Louisville, Ky., New York, Oakland, San Francisco …

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Fundraising tool Fundrunners wins Startup Weekend Columbia

By SPN Team / October 2, 2012

Fundrunners, a website and mobile app that aims to help runners organize and fundraise for special causes and charities, won the second Startup Weekend Columbia on Sunday, beating out 21 other teams. Trackly, a real-time website monitoring app, took second. OneCDS, a decision support tool for clinicians, placed third.

“It’s all about making it easy for people,” Fundrunners co-founder Jamie Canine said. “When people care it shouldn’t be that hard to …

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