Day: May 1, 2013

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Meet the region’s Doodle 4 Google 2013 winners

By SPN Team / May 1, 2013

An eighth grader from the Des Moines suburb of Urandale was named the Iowa winner of the 2013 Doodle 4 Google competition. The design made by Marissa Frost, a student at Urbandale Middle School, will be displayed in the American Museum of Natural History. Her doodle will compete for a chance…

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Everything is good until someone decides to run a photo of some pigs

By SPN Team / May 1, 2013

Here we go again with the ag stuff. As most of my friends will tell you, it peeves me when the national media stereotypes Iowa based on its agricultural history.

By almost any account, Dwolla’s announcement Tuesday of its $16.5 million Series C round led by Andreessen Horowitz was a great thing for Des Moines’ startup community. It brought continued attention to what’s been growing here, added more than 30 startup jobs here …

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“Shark Tank” to serve up latest eCreamery scoop Friday

By SPN Team / May 1, 2013

Omaha-based eCreamery, an online custom ice cream and gelato shop, will appear on ABC’s pitch show “Shark Tank,” once again. At 8 p.m. Friday, the company’s co-founders Abby Jordan and Becky App are set to dish up their ice cream shop’s progress since its appearance last September.

Though eCreamery was unable to close a deal …

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How Handprint landed in KC and won free rent in Feld’s Fiberhouse

By SPN Team / May 1, 2013

Handprint, a 3D printing software startup, recently put down roots in Brad Feld’s Fiberhouse in Kansas City Startup Village, but how did the four-person team land here and why did the Boulder, Colo.-based investor choose them?

The team—Mike Demarais, Alexa Nguyen, Jack Franzen and Derek Caneja—initially met in Boston. Its presence in Kansas City began last October when co-founder Demarais became the first resident of Ben Barreth’s Home for Hackers, a program giving three months of free rent to …

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CenturyLink to make Omaha the latest gigabit city on Monday

By SPN Team / May 1, 2013

CenturyLink today announced it will begin offering gigabit Internet on Monday to parts of west Omaha. With the installation—the company said 48,000 customers will have access to the new speeds by October—Omaha will become one of less than a dozen U.S. cities to offer the high-speed network, according to the Omaha World-Herald. “We’re trying to create…

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