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Steve Case: “All great ideas start as weird ideas”

By SPN Team / October 10, 2012

As the co-founder and former chief executive officer of AOL, the co-founder and CEO of investment firm Revolution and the chairman of the Startup America Partnership — to name just a few of his endeavors — Steve Case has a résumé that could make even the most serial of entrepreneurs blush.
But when Case took the stage on Wednesday at the The Temple for Performing Arts to deliver …

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From startup “why” to startup style, speakers cap day with lively Q&A

By SPN Team / October 10, 2012

To close the first day of Thinc Iowa 2012, four speakers took the stage at The Temple for Performing Arts for a 40-minute question-and-answer faciliated by Antonio Neves, the event’s emcee.

Gentry Underwood of Orchestra, Ron J. Williams of Knodes, Brian Spaly of Trunk Club and Tara Hunt of Buyosphere, all CEOS, chatted about networks, fashion, admirable CEOs and family, among other things, making for a frank and honest conversation …

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Gentry Underwood: “Be willing to ride that whole wave through”

By SPN Team / October 10, 2012

Designer and entreprenuer Gentry Underwood is the CEO and co-founder of Orchestra, an app labeled as the “Best To-Do List for iPhone” by LifeHacker. This afternoon, he was the final individual presenter on day one of Thinc Iowa 2012. His message, centered around how thinking like a designer can help startups succeed, brought the audience at The Temple for Performing Arts insight into …

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Ron J. Williams: Entrepreneurship can be magical, but it ain’t magic

By SPN Team / October 10, 2012

Ron J. Williams, the founder of Snapgoods and Knodes, spoke to Thinc Iowa 2012 attendees at The Temple for Performing Arts in Des Moines Wednesday afternoon about the importance of passion, a strong team, simplicity, clarity and focus.

“Your success will be determined not by lightning striking or an apple hitting your head,” Williams said. Rather, it will be determined by perseverance: If entrepreneurs aren’t passionate, they won’t have the drive …

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Steve Greenwood: The complexity of relationships

By SPN Team / October 10, 2012

A core theme of Thinc Iowa 2012 is relationships. And Steve Greenwood, the founder and CEO of Brewster, is all about relationships. Brewster launched this summer, and Greenwood shared the intimate story about how the app was created today at The Temple for Performing Arts.

Brewster’s goal is to understand who you know and to define your relationships. To understand Greenwood’s passion and focus on relationships, you must know that for …

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Dane Maxwell: “How you treat your wife is how you treat your business”

By SPN Team / October 10, 2012

Dane Maxwell, the founder of Zannee, lives his life according to three essential priorities that he strives toward in his personal life, relationships and his business: playfulness, healing and support.

Maxwell found these guiding forces in an unlikely place: Burning Man, where he met his business mentor, Eben Pagan. Maxwell calls Pagan an “alchemist” who can make money out of thin air. Pagan is also a dating guru, and Maxwell, who was single …

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Danielle Morrill: “Shot selection is important”

By SPN Team / October 10, 2012

As the second speaker to take the stage at The Temple for Performing Arts for Thinc Iowa 2012, Danielle Morrill, the CEO and co-founder of Referly, took the opportunity to say what she believed most startup CEOs needed to hear.

As someone who had to learn to call her own shots after founding Referly six months ago, Morrill gave advice that followed the theme of shot selection: aiming for what matters and what will “make a better tomorrow.” …

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Brian Spaly: Debunking common myths about startups

By SPN Team / October 10, 2012

Brian Spaly, the CEO of Trunk Club, filled The Temple for Performing Arts with Midwestern enthusiasm at Thinc Iowa 2012 as the opening speaker of the conference Wednesday morning. That’s because Spaly decided to launch Trunk Club, a men’s clothing service that sends clients personalized trunks of clothing, from Chicago rather than New York City, the fashion capital of U.S., or the Bay Area, thought to be the startup capital of the U.S.
Why …

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Snapshots from the Thinc Iowa Opening Party

By SPN Team / October 10, 2012

Before settling in at the The Temple for Performing Arts today for a full slate of speakers at Thinc Iowa 2012, conference-goers descended upon Wooly’s on Tuesday night for tunes, libations, conversation and, of course, plenty of photo booth fun.

Pictures have been said to be worth considerably more than words, so we’ll let the photos do the talking for last night’s party. Scroll down for a sampling of Thinc Iowa 2012 opening party photos, and …

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Frequent-flying Iowan Jeremie Miller to make short hop to Thinc Iowa

By SPN Team / October 10, 2012

Jeremie Miller’s commute starts between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. That’s what time he rolls out of bed in his Cascade, Iowa home and gets in his car. He drives three hours to Chicago O’Hare International Airport, keeping his eyes open for deer and a Mountain Dew close at hand. By 7 a.m. (give or take a half an hour), Miller is boarding a plane. Four hours and 2,000 miles later, he arrives in San Francisco and heads to the Singly headquarters. …

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