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Prairie Moves: Register looks at life for immigrant entrepreneurs

Sunday’s Des Moines Register took an in-depth look at immigrant entrepreneurs.

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Lead Read

Immigrant entrepreneurs open for business” – In advance of Saturday’s Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit in Des Moines, the Des Moines Register examined challenges faced and successes achieved by immigrant entrepreneurs and looked at the broader landscape — from availability of funding to immigration laws — facing that segment of entrepreneurs in the U.S.


““We’ve built it so 35-year-old moms feel safe there. We are not Craigslist. We have a higher bar for who participates.” – Bo Fishback, Zaarly’s co-founder and CEO, to the Kansas City Star about Storefronts, which Zaarly launched in Kansas City last week

Career moves

  • Tegan Snyder joined Bulu Box as director of web development
  • Greg Thompson joined GoodTwin Design as a front-end developer – GoodTwin on Facebook

New tech

Product and business updates

  • Syncbak made Fargo, N.D. stations KVLY and KXJB available on its platform – Valley News Live
  • U.S. SourceLink teamed with the Iowa Economic Development Authority to launch IASourceLink, bringing its resource network for entrepreneurs to all of Iowa – Press releaseRadio Iowa, Quad-City Times


  • Banno – “Banks Roll Out Mobile Savings Tools” – American Banker
  • Hudl – “New software has changed the way game film is studied” – Sarasota Herald-Tribune
  • MindMixer – ” ‘Code For America’ Reinvents Government One Step At A Time” – ReadWrite
  • OneLouder’s Live 140 app – “Live 140: Talk About the TV Show You’re Obsessing Over’ – Gizmodo
  • Torsion Mobile – “Mobile Startups to Watch – The Final 40” – Sandstorm Media

Gig Bits

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  • Kansas City civic leadership announced the formation of KC Digital Drive – Press releaseSPNKansas City infoZine
  • NPR toured the Google Fiber Space and looked at Fiber’s impact on the future of TV – NPR
  • Social Media Club KC collected 40 computers in a used computer drive to help low-income Kansas Citians take advantage of Google Fiber – SMCKC BlogConnecting for Good



  • “Kansas City is the capital of GEW/USA” – Global Entrepreneurship Week USA
  • “6 Reasons Why You Need to Put GEW on Your Calendar” – Google Connects KC
  • “SeedCon Fast-Pitch Entry: Bawte” – John Jackovin
  • “Brands searching for startups!” – Bawte
  • “How the money moves” – Ben Milne
  • “Sandy, New Yorkers, and the industry we admire” – 42
  • “Football season is winding down. Here’s what that looks like for support.” – Hudl
  • “Stay Fresh” – Rarewire
  • “Tech’s influence on presidential election (#VOTE)” – Dwolla
  • “5 Tips To Survive Election Day” – OneLouder


  • The Des Moines Register examined challenges and successes of immigrant entrepreneurs and looked at factors, like the availability of funding and immigration laws, affecting that segment of entrepreneurs in the U.S. – Des Moines Register 
  • The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation announced 24 startups that will participate in its Startup@Kauffman Demo Day on Nov. 12 – Press releaseSPN, Kansas City Star
  • Iowa State University president Steven Leath announced the ISU Research Park will make a 100-acre addition within the next year – Ames Tribune


Credits: Photo from the Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit on Facebook.

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