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Prairie Moves: Pongr earns place on PCMag’s “Top 100 Websites of 2012”

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The Top 100 Websites of 2012” – PCMag gave nod to Pongr, a Boston-based startup with an office in Des Moines, in its annual list of what it calls the best of the web.


“If connectivity equals opportunity, somebody has to make sure that people have a chance.” – Connecting for Good president Michael Liimatta, on the occasion of his group’s installation of free internet access in a low-income housing complex in Kansas City, Kan. – Kansas City Star

Career moves

  • Andrew Kirpalani, formerly with Ensighten, joined Bunchball – LinkedIn

New tech

  • RareWire released the Boulevard Beer Finder app, an app that identifies a user’s location to find Boulevard beer sold nearby – The Kansas City Egotist and App Store

Product and business updates


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  • “Startups are Hard. Funding is Harder.” – Christian Renaud
  • “Chapman Studio: user-focused web design” – Turbine Flats
  • “Eat Sleep Lands Spot In App Store App Essentials” – BitMethod
  • “Steelwool 2.0” – Volano Solutions
  • “[API Update] Adding + Verifying Bank Accounts” – Dwolla
  • “RecBob Launch Party!” (Photo) – RecBob
  • “Front Flip Insider of the Week: Paul Hirsch” – Front Flip
  • “Scan, Scratch, Win this Holiday Season” – Front Flip
  • “Mentor can help with university spinoff” – Emily Harris
  • “Sly James wins national award but for wrong reasons” – Yael T. Abouhalkah


  • “Capital Crossroads hires firm to name tech area” – Des Moines Register
  • “Nonprofit throws digital lifeline to KCK apartment complex” – Kansas City Star
  • “SoftBank merger wouldn’t limit Sprint’s startup efforts, exec says” – Kansas City Business Journal
  • “For him, by her: All-female Drake class creates a digital publication for men” – Des Moines Register
  • Hudl created a website for the University of Nebraska’s class of 2013 football recruits – hudl.com/2013/nebraska
  • Garmin announced that, effective Jan. 1, the board of directors has appointed Clifton Pemble to the position of president and CEO, where he will succeed Garmin’s co-founder, Dr. Min Kao – Press Release
  • MIDWESTIX integrated Facebook purchasing on its ticketing platform – Press Release



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