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Prairie Moves: Banno CEO sees need for “middle skills” in Iowa tech


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Lead Read

Banno’s Arnold cites need for ‘middle skills’ in IT sector” – Banno founder and CEO Wade Arnold told the Cedar Valley Business Monthly that he could use as many as 20 new workers with middle-skill technology expertise.


“Your product idea must be a painkiller, not a vitamin if you expect it to succeed.” – Augie Grasis shared his advice for startups in an interview with Women Innovate Mobile.

Career Moves

  • John Brix has joined QA Graphics as a 3D designer – Press Release

Product and business updates


  • Dwolla – “Milne plans to keep company in Des Moines” – Des Moines Register
  • Dwolla – “Will Dwolla take off?” – Des Moines Register
  • Bettrlife – “Tech Spotlight: App helps people change lifestyles” – Des Moines Register
  • Heli-Now – “Urbandale rescue pilot hopes app will take flight”- Des Moines Register
  • ScoutPro – “Improve Your Crop Scouting” – Corn & Soybean Digest
  • Keyzio – “Kauffman program, business accelerator, help local man develop app” – KSHB
  • Ben Milne of Dwolla – “Dwolla founder bears the burden of starting a tech revolution” – Des Moines Register
  • Wade Arnold of Banno – “Banno’s Arnold cites need for ‘middle skills’ in IT sector” – Cedar Valley Business Monthly
  • Paul Jarrett of Bulu Box – “Interview with Paul Jarrett, founder of BuluBox” – Jonah Lupton
  • Joni Cobb of Pipeline – “Up Close: Joni Cobb, CEO of Pipeline Inc.” – Kansas City Business Journal
  • Augie Grasis of Handmark – “The mentor in the room: Augie Grasis” – Women Innovate Mobile
  • Jeremy Schoemaker of Shoemoney – ” ‘Shoemoney’ has made a bundle, sure, but now he’s building ‘a real company’ ” – Omaha World-Herald
  • Pipeline – “Pipeline: Fellowship grads’ raised capital tops $31M” – Kansas City Business Journal

Gig bits

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  • “Genachowski launches gigabit city challenge” – The Hill



  • “Six teams pitch a startup ecommerce business” – Fusionfarm
  • “The Golden Rule of Programming” – Matt Watson
  • “Startups must be ready to change game plan” – Dan Shipton
  • “Person to person for banks, in a line of code” – Dwolla
  • “17 Simple Questions Successful Entrepreneurs Ask Before Starting Anything New” – Brent Beshore
  • “Acquiring & Retaining Customers: SaaS & Subscription Models” – Nick Engelbart
  • “Founder to CEO: Mastering the Unnatural” – Tim Henningsen
  • “Hackovate Health Innovation Competition Could Alter KC’s Tech Scene” – Allison Way
  • “2013 Predictions in Entrepreneurship” – Diana Kander
  • “Who are the Entrepreneurship Profiteers?” – Diana Kander
  • “Abraham Can’t Be Trusted With Fire” – Hudl
  • “Front Flip Insider of the Week: Paul Castro” – Front Flip




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