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Don’t be a pushover with outside developers

December 13, 2013 by

(Guest post by Ben Anderson) When I set out to create Bandwidth Pool, a complex online bidding website, I knew I wasn’t going to be able to do it alone. I don’t have any practical experience designing, developing or generally understanding the components that comprise a complex web application. Because of the lack of programming experience, outsourcing the build of my website to a development firm was the best option...   read more

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Bandwidth Pool pulls in $100k loan from State of Iowa

May 20, 2013 by

The Iowa Economic Development Authority on Friday awarded a $100,000 loan to Bandwith Pool, the Cedar Rapids startup that wants to make it easier for businesses to find reliable and affordable Internet providers. The assistance came through the state's Demonstration Fund, a fund that aims to help potential high-growth companies reach a position where they're able to attract later-stage private sector funding. When we first covered Bandwidth Pool in March, it had just released its public beta—users could sign up, pay …  read more

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Startups tune in at 8/7 Central – custom screenprinting & design

January 11, 2011 by

(Zach, left, and Ben Anderson of 8/7 Central. Photo courtesy of Eric Rowley/Juice.) Custom-designed T-shirts are a hot commodity among tech startups, and custom screenprinting and design studio 8/7 Central (87c) has positioned itself as the provider of choice for the local entrepreneurial community. "I'm not smart enough to be an engineer or developer, but I always thought it would be awesome if I was," said Ben Anderson, 25, co-owner…  read more

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What exactly is

January 6, 2011 by

Over the holidays a curious new website,, launched with pictures of people throughout Des Moines' creative class. It's a side project from 8/7 Central, a screen printer and creative agency. The website describes itself as a "virtual rolodex" but we weren't exactly sure what to make of it. I recently had the chance to ask Ben Anderson, from the 8/7 Central team, about it: "We can't really take much credit for it, Portland did it first…  read more

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