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Prairie Moves: Case talks investment outside of traditional tech hubs

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Lead Read

Case: Regional investment in places like Des Moines will mark ’13” – The Des Moines Register reported that in a media call Monday, investor and startup advocate Steve Case (above) said he expects his firm to invest 80 percent of its 2013 capital in companies located outside of Silicon Valley and Boston.


“The whole startup thing in Kansas City is like this huge growing beast … it’s got this crazy momentum.” – Homes for Hackers creator Ben Barreth said in a recent story focusing on the startup activity around Google Fiber. – Associated Press

Mergers and acquisitions

  • Underwriters Laboratories acquired Overland Park-based Innovadex, a search and information exchange platform for supplier chemicals, ingredients and raw materials – Press Release and Kansas City Business Journal


  • Social Money raised a $1 million internal round of financing – SPN

New tech

  • Stackify launches its product that aims to help web development teams – SPN

New creative

Product and business updates


  • “Case: Regional investment in places like Des Moines will mark ’13” – Des Moines Register
  • “Betting on Las Vegas, cultivating Des Moines: Where is America’s next Silicon Valley?” – Washington Post
  • Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation – “Future of the Foundation, Janice Kreamer and TomMcDonnel” – KCTP: The Local Show

Gig bits

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



  • “Moving Ecommerce Platforms? Don’t Blow It.” – Tegan Snyder
  • “Customer Discovery” – Michael Wetta
  • “17 Simple Questions Successful Entrepreneurs Ask Before Starting Anything New” – Brent Beshore
  • “9 Dwolla tools for small business” – Dwolla
  • “Behind The Design: Tills and The Drawer” – Change
  • “Defining the Ops in DevOps” – Stackify
  • “KC Startup Village Develops and Draws National Attention” – FormZapper
  • “Hudl Champions Round IV” – Hudl


  • “Google boasts about former KCK company Zavers at NRF function” – Kansas City Business Journal
  • Three members of Kansas City startup community spoke to a group in St. Louis – iTEN
  • “Former US Sen. Kerrey takes job as executive chairman of startup university, Minerva Project” – The Republic



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