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Prairie Moves: The Register, Renaud examine troubled Fund of Funds

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Lead Reads

Register Exclusive: Fund’s bailout costs Iowans $26 million” – The Des Moines Register looks at the unstable status of Iowa Fund of Funds, a state program created in 2002 with an aim to attract more venture capital investment in Iowa startups.

A classic case of misdirection” – StartupCity Des Moines’ Christian Renaud reacts to The Register’s story, sharing his perspective on where the Iowa Fund of Funds went wrong.


“When I start my next project (if I do start another one…which is very likely) I will probably be very calculated about the way I do it. And I probably wouldn’t go about it the same way.” – Dwolla co-founder Ben Milne said in an interview with Path.To. – Path.To


Career moves

  • Mary McLean, previously the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation’s managing director of investments, was named the foundation’s chief investment officer – Press Release

New tech

Product and business updates

  • The first client of Social Money’s GoalSaver, India’s ICICI Bank, launched iWish – SPN and Des Moines Register
  • MacPractice released verion 4.2 of its Clipboard app for iPad and iPad mini – Press Release
  • Cognovant released version 1.2 of its PocketHealth app – Press Release
  • Tikly was selected as ticket vendor for the 8,000-ticket Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival – Press Release
  • Truckily released a new website and promotional video – truckily.com


  • Loop Loft – “Tech Spotlight: Staying in the loop with looploft.com” – Des Moines Register
  • Dwolla – “Dwolla Builds Mobile Payment Network Of The Future” – TechWebTV
  • Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation – “New Kauffman CEO McDonnell promises ‘interaction and openness’ ” – Kansas City Business Journal
  • Iowa Fund of Funds – “Register Exclusive: Fund’s bailout costs Iowans $26 million” – Des Moines Register
  • Ben Milne of Dwolla – “Path.to Inspiration: Ben Milne” – Path.to
  • Dusty Davidson of SPN and Flywheel – “Dusty Davidson on building great teams and processes” – Nebraska Entrepreneur
  • “Gallup’s Entrepreneur Acceleration System program” – “Entrepreneurs credit Gallup strategies for growth” – Omaha World-Herald
  • “Iowa startups unite” – Des Moines Register
  • “Kansas City Is Building America’s Most Entrepreneurial City” – Huffington Post
  • “Kansas City’s Innovation Doesn’t Stop At Kansas/Missouri State Line.” – Huffington Post

Gig bits

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

  • “GOOG: Move to Kansas City? Rising Enthusiasm for Google Fiber, Says Capstone” – Barron’s
  • “Google Fiber, you had our curiosity. Now you have our attention” – PandoDaily



  • “A classic case of misdirection” – Christian Renaud
  • “Behind the Design: Ordering” – Change
  • “The Non-Entrepreneur’s Guide to Starting in Startups” – Brent Beshore
  • “Front Flip Insider of the week Lauren Reece” – Front Flip
  • “Mayans, Disney Princesses, and Denzel Washington, Meet Mark Ketcham” – Hudl
  • “Data, the Non-issue” – Jack Perry
  • “EAS Impact Summit” – Volano Solutions
  • “You can now touch Dwolla: Paper Digital Money” – Dwolla
  • “Tis the season to be generous #giveDecember” – Dwolla
  • “Are Business Plans a Historical Artifact?” – Business Innovation Zone
  • “HTML5 Video: Lessons Learned” – Don’t Panic Labs
  • “Dwolla Here: First step to a lot more” – Brett Neese
  • “People first, technology second.” – Brett Neese


  • Health Outcomes Sciences, a healthcare IT firm, plans to relocate to Overland Park where it is projecting to add 37 new jobs within the next five years – Press Release, Kansas City Star and Kansas City Business Journal
  • Singly launched the open beta of its platform (Singly co-founder Jermie Miller resides in Cascade, Iowa) – Press Release and TechCrunch
  • The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation’s Tom Ruhe interviewed SPN’s Jeff Slobotski on “Top of Mind with Tom Ruhe” – Entrepreneurship.org
  • “Success of Garmin starts with co-founder Min Kao” – Kansas City Star
  • “Tippie’s Twitter Essay: An MBA Admissions Experiment Gone Awry” – Businessweek



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