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Posts by John T. Meyer

Thinc Iowa: Scott Case – ‘Build a network of support’

Wearing his red, white, and blue Converse sneakers, Scott Case, took the stage Friday afternoon at the Temple for Performing Arts in Des Moines to illustrate the intersection between corporations and startups. Case started by explaining the mission and purpose of the Startup America Partnership. As Case explained, Startup America Partnership strives to offer five things for startups: expertise, support services, talent, customers and capital. …

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Thinc Iowa: Paige Craig – ‘Pitch the massive, disruptive thing’

As the morning moved along at the inaugural Thinc Iowa conference today at the Temple for Performing Arts in Des Moines, attendees began to think about lunch, but Paige Craig showed up to shake things up. Craig is the CEO and co-founder of BetterWorks, a company committed to finding a better way to manage employee perks. With a background in the military, Craig has built …

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Blend Interactive shifts focus of Web 2.0 map from ‘Control’ to ‘Data’

It’s always exciting to feature our Silicon Prairie companies doing excellent work in the national spotlight. It’s also no secret that when you do fantastic work, you’ll get invited back for more. This was exactly the case with Sioux Falls interactive agency Blend Interactive and its involvement with John Battelle and the Web 2.0 Summit.

Last year, we examined how Blend built the Points of Control Map for the 2010 Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco. The concept of last year’s map was showcasing …

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Tools for the Trade: Postagram provides personalized postcards

In an era owned by smartphones, tablets and free Wi-Fi, the days of snail mail are becoming a distant memory. But since everyone loves a bit of nostalgia, Sincerely, a company dedicated to merging the old sentimentality of mail with new, ever-changing technology, created Postagram.

Postagram is an app available for iPhone and Android devices that allows users to send their personal photos as physical postcards anywhere in the world …

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Innovation Expo to highlight and help Prairie entrepreneurs

In less than a month, Sioux Falls will be the gathering spot for the eighth annual Innovation Expo, taking place Wednesday, Nov. 2 at the Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center.

The Expo, which is hosted by Enterprise Institute, a non-profit that provides business development and services to individuals and startup companies, brings together inventors, researchers and entrepreneurs …

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Tools of the Trade: Viddy provides simple tool to share mobile video

With the proliferation of smart phones in people’s hands today, mobile applications have brought new ways to share our everyday lives. Whether through picture or video, a couple swipes of the finger can publish high-quality content to our social networks and online connections. Instagram, a photo-sharing app on the iOS platform, just passed 10 million users in less than a year. But if you want to bring your photos to life in live-action, I have just the tool for you: Viddy.

As the website states …

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Tools of the Trade: Loosecubes makes it easy to find coworking near you

If you haven’t heard already, the coworking phenomenon is spreading across the country. Right here on Silicon Prairie News we’ve covered CAMP in Omaha, The Foundry in Des Moines, Meso in Sioux Falls and most recently Vault Coworking in Cedar Rapids. It seems if you’re an entrepreneur, why would you work anywhere else?

But what these spaces really come down to is great people …

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Coworking comes to Sioux Falls, with Meso opening doors in September

In the past two years, we’ve seen and featured coworking spaces popping up on the Silicon Prairie. The Foundry opened in October of 2009 in Des Moines. CAMP emerged last summer in Omaha, and we recently mentioned Vault Coworking, set to launch in Cedar Rapids this fall. The coworking phenomenon continues to spread across the prairie with the arrival of Meso in Sioux Falls.

Josh Aberson, a Sioux Falls entrepreneur …

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9 Clouds hoping for Potter-esque magic with Lemonly infographics

Infographics are all the rage, and in the coming months, the team at 9 Clouds hopes to capitalize on their popularity with the infographics company, Lemonly.

Defined by Wikipedia as a “graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge,” they’ve been popping up everywhere lately: news headlines, daily blogs, company blogs, blog categories and business plans. In fact, it’s one startup’s core purpose …

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