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Brad Feld: “It’s a 20-year journey”

By SPN Team / October 11, 2012

Brad Feld believes that a thriving startup community can exist anywhere in the world.

“There’s a startup revolution going on in our society right now, and I think everyone in this room is a part of it,” Feld said at Thinc Iowa 2012 today.

Feld, the a co-founder of venture capital firm Foundry Group and startup accelerator TechStars, among other business ventures, recently released …

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Ryan Graves: It starts with hustle

By SPN Team / October 11, 2012

Ryan Graves knows and values hustle. His path to become a vice president at Uber began with a Twitter reply to the startup’s co-founder. His arrival at Thinc Iowa on Wednesday, he said, marked the end of his first vacation in four years.
As the final speaker of the second-year event, Graves shared personal stories that could inspire that kind of hustle in attendees gathered at The Temple for Performing Arts. Following those stories, Graves gave …

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Idan Cohen: What we should expect from TV

By SPN Team / October 11, 2012

“People love TV,” said Idan Cohen, co-founder of Boxee, as he kicked off his talk at Thinc Iowa 2012 this afternoon at The Temple for Performing Arts.

Providing a cheaper and more user-friendly and integrated option for watching television is Cohen’s mission and the reason he founded Boxee, a freeware media player software platform. “We decided to create a piece of software that was a media center,” Cohen said. …

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Tara Hunt: You can’t control luck, but you can certainly work on the rest

By SPN Team / October 11, 2012

Author, mom, and startup founder Tara Hunt took the stage at The Temple for Performing Arts with a little hesitation. Even with experience working with over 30 startups, she began her talk at Thinc Iowa 2012 by admitting she felt less than enthused about the story she was going to tell. That story chronicled the route her company, Buyosphere, has taken leading up to today’s public launch, and the story shed light on the not-so-glamorous side of …

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Thinc Iowa invites everyone to closing party at 8 tonight

By SPN Team / October 11, 2012

Wrap up Thinc Iowa 2012 at 8 tonight with the closing party presented by Iowa’s Creative Corridor.

Open to both badge holders and the general public, the party is at West End Architectural Salvage. This 50,000-square-foot warehouse not only provides a place for guests to connect, but also brings light to a local entrepreneur, Don Short, who rehabbed the building 6 years ago. …

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Neal Sales-Griffin: Solving problems, making things and having fun

By SPN Team / October 11, 2012

Something is brewing in Chicago, and Neal Sales-Griffin is at the center of it. Sales-Griffin is from the South Side of Chicago and describes his home as a magical city and the Midwest as a magical part of the country. He is responsible for bringing people from all around the world to Chicago to learn how to code and design web apps through The Starter League, a school that trains people of any skill level to code and design.
This morning at Thinc Iowa 2012 …

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Antonio Neves: “Create your own luck”

By SPN Team / October 11, 2012

Antonio Neves, the founder of THINQACTION, kicked off day two of Thinc Iowa 2012 this morning at The Temple for Performing Arts by challenging conference-goers to create their own luck.

“Who could use some luck?” he asked attendees. “Would you bet on you, accomplishing what you say is most important in your life?”

A self-described professional question asker and opportunity identifier, Neves founded THINQACTION to help …

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Special thanks to these friends of Thinc Iowa 2012

By SPN Team / October 11, 2012

This group of Thinc Iowa 2012 sponsors are those that put their time and services into helping us produce the event.

The list starts with the most visible partners: Performance Marketing and Shift. They’re the ones who designed the awesome “chalk board” identity for the conference, built the website and created all the signage in the event venue and at the parties. We love the opportunity to work with these creative folks, whether it’s brainstorming …

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A dose of photo goodness from Wednesday at Thinc Iowa

By SPN Team / October 11, 2012

After taking in a full day of talks on Wednesday at The Temple For Performing Arts, the Thinc Iowa 2012 crowd reconvened at the Exile Brewing Co. on Wednesday evening for the Middle Party, presented by Banno.

Apparently unfazed after an already busy day, plenty of conference-goers stuck around and socialized until closing time. Check out some photos from the party below, and see the Facebook album from the party for a complete photo set. …

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Watch day two of the Thinc Iowa live stream

By SPN Team / October 11, 2012

The second round of talks at Thinc Iowa 2012 runs from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. today at The Temple for Performing Arts in downtown Des Moines. And once again, for those who can’t join us in person, we have a virtual seat saved.
As we did yesterday, we will be live streaming every talk at Thinc Iowa today. The live stream is brought to you thanks to the sponsorship of Wellmark. |

Watch the Thinc Iowa live stream here …

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