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ProofreadingPal: Getting Investors To Give You Back Your Business – with Brian Kaldenberg

ProofreadingPal: Getting Investors To Give You Back Your Business – with Brian Kaldenberg | Startup, Iowa City! | Scoop.it
Check out what today's guest did....
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We love Mixergy.com. And we love Iowa City tech startups (especially when they're also clients). Needless to say, we love this interview on how Brian scaled a tiny web-based company into a thriving online business in two years. 

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TAI announces finalists for ninth-annual Prometheus Awards

TAI announces finalists for ninth-annual Prometheus Awards | Startup, Iowa City! | Scoop.it
The Technology Association of Iowa this week announced the finalists for the 2014 Prometheus Awards, which will be held April 9 in Des Moines.

With 93 nominations submitted across the Awards' 13 categories, TAI says the showing for ...
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Creative Corridor, representing well. 

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Cramer Dev lands major contract, plans KC expansion - We Create Here

Cramer Dev lands major contract, plans KC expansion - We Create Here | Startup, Iowa City! | Scoop.it
Iowa City web development shop Cramer Dev is planning an expansion to another Silicon Prairie city, shortly after landing a major client.
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Big moves for Iowa City's favorite startup dev shop! #WeCreateHere

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WISH LIST FOR 2014: IOWA STARTUPS

WISH LIST FOR 2014: IOWA STARTUPS | Startup, Iowa City! | Scoop.it
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"Speaking of all over the state, it seems like the bulk of startup activity to this point has been in Des Moines and Iowa City.  I’d like to see other cities join their ranks in 2014."

 

 

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Student IdeaStorm - Social Good Night | Facebook

Student IdeaStorm - Social Good Night | Facebook | Startup, Iowa City! | Scoop.it
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Here's the pitch:

 

"Join us at THINC Lab to share your social good idea with like-minded students and expert changemakers and learn about resources to make your idea a reality! Come enjoy free food and a chance to win $$$!"


Recap: Share your crazy idea. Win money. That's freaking awesome!

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BlendCard: finding a home in Iowa

BlendCard: finding a home in Iowa | Startup, Iowa City! | Scoop.it
  Paul Kongshaug had panic attacks. Or so he thought. Starting while he was a student at Central College, and increasing in frequency over time, he would have episodes where he could not speak.
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One of our favorite startup stories of all time (partly because we're a part of it). Paul shared his idea with us four months ago. "Oh, another one of these," we could have thought. Loyalty's a crowded market. Cards are dated technology. Iowa City is filled with competitors. It was crazy.

 

We signed on immediately. 

 

 

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New space created to foster entrepreneurial growth - The Daily Iowan

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Excited to see this take shape! And to say we had a hand in the planning process. Game room in the back? Our idea, of course.

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Tutor Universe launches successful version 2.0, logs more than 20K users

Tutor Universe launches successful version 2.0, logs more than 20K users | Startup, Iowa City! | Scoop.it
The first day of autumn is just around the corner and Tutor Universe is wasting no time staying on top of the back-to-school season.
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The boys in blue are back at it again. And again. And again. To the tune of 20K Users!

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We Create Here: National Mentions, Distribution and Years and Years of Creativity

We Create Here: National Mentions, Distribution and Years and Years of Creativity | Startup, Iowa City! | Scoop.it
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Create on, my friends. 

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Creative Week 2013 Seeks Events

The Creative Corridor’s inaugural Creative Week will be held October 19-26, 2013, with events taking place throughout the seven counties of the region (Benton, Cedar, Linn, Johnson, Jones, Iowa and Washington).
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"Creative Week" just might be the best thing to happen to the region since ... well, ever. Organizations looking to host their own event should contact Seed Here in the next week. 


Oh, did we mention we'll live-tweet it?

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Activity Tracking: Wellness Technology & The Quantified Self

Wellness and Technology Workshop

Monday, Aug 26, 2013, 5:30 PM

Vault Coworking and Collaboration Space
222 3rd St SE, 5th Floor

2 Members Attending

At our workshop we will demonstrate activity trackers, other devices, and technology to track your health. Here you can learn more about how your daily routine affects your physical activity and health. Guest speakers will be demonstrating activity trackers and giving tips for tracking your health. Speakers will discuss the Quantified Self movement...

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At our workshop we will demonstrate activity trackers, other devices, and technology to track your health.
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It's safe to say that Nextstep.io (one of a dozen companies in the world with access to the FuelBand APi) are pretty serious about this Wearable Tech stuff. Are you?

Trek over to Vault Coworking to talk trackers with the Techstars spinout; August 26th in CR!

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30-plus Iowa startups to follow on Twitter

30-plus Iowa startups to follow on Twitter | Startup, Iowa City! | Scoop.it
In anticipation of our Silicon Prairie Awards next month, this week we're highlighting the software, Internet and mobile startups that call our region home. We published a list of
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Hashtag #IowaCityStartups! SPN hits it home with an awesome list of homegrown companies to follow on our favorite (afternoon distraction) social platform.  

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A Startup Rethinks Pharma

A Startup Rethinks Pharma | Startup, Iowa City! | Scoop.it
A Kalona native, entrepreneur Roby Miller is going into the family business---and reinventing rural pharmacies in the process.
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Roby Miller is a straight hustler. Period. The story of his telepharmacy startup (ask him about the time he talked his way into a software giant's office last year) is a testament to his unstoppable desire to build a game-changing enterprise. Needless to say, we're proud to call him a close friend. 

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Seed Here celebrates second birthday with Cedar Rapids' Vault Coworking

Seed Here celebrates second birthday with Cedar Rapids' Vault Coworking | Startup, Iowa City! | Scoop.it
Seed Here will celebrate its second birthday––which technically falls on Independence Day––and the "success of the East Coast of the Silicon Prairie" this Thursday ...
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"We wanted to cultivate the conditions and community that give entrepreneurs and creatives the best possible chance to thrive."

That they did. A belated "Happy Second!" from the Sculpt squad.


And for those seeking the big news: www.geonetric.com/about/news/2013/geonetric-partners-with-vault-coworking/ ;

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Coralville Colab Open to Entrepreneurs - KGAN-TV CBS 2 Iowa - News - Top Stories

Coralville Colab Open to Entrepreneurs - KGAN-TV CBS 2 Iowa - News - Top Stories | Startup, Iowa City! | Scoop.it
CORALVILLE, Iowa CBS2FOX28 -- Corridor entrepreneurs now have a brand new space to get their busines
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Welcome, neighbors!

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Following TMone exit, Anthony Marlowe gets behind Iowa startups

Following TMone exit, Anthony Marlowe gets behind Iowa startups | Startup, Iowa City! | Scoop.it
If you think Anthony Marlowe's name looks familiar, you're probably right.
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"I'm interested in helping startups and entrepreneurs prosper in the Silicon Prairie, particularly in the Iowa City area." 

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Tutor Universe founders join Silicon Valley program, develop mobile app

Tutor Universe founders join Silicon Valley program, develop mobile app | Startup, Iowa City! | Scoop.it
When Hung Tran and Thomas Hornbeck were attending the University of Iowa, the pair happened upon a problem: There were more students looking for tutoring help than tutors available to assist them ...
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Exciting news from our friends and neighbors. Well, not really "news" (if you work here), but NEW info nonetheless. Congrats fellas!

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ClusterFlunk - Timeline Photos | Facebook

ClusterFlunk - Timeline Photos | Facebook | Startup, Iowa City! | Scoop.it
JUST IN!

After recent speculation, the rumors are true. As our founders just released; ClusterFlunk will be scaling to 50 major public universities...
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Big #Flunking News! cF is scaling in a big way.

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Why is supporting a system of entrepreneurship important?

Why is supporting a system of entrepreneurship important? | Startup, Iowa City! | Scoop.it
Why are we asking this question?

Because our mission at We Create Here is to develop a sense of the whole around the regional economy, and one of the key
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Amazing.

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, May 20, 6:58 AM

Great vision for creating a startup culture. This should be part of the curriculum of colleges and universities, even high schools. Our economic system is changing. Small business and startups are the future of innovation, job creation, and much more.

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My Biz: Iowa City online proofreading service has global reach

My Biz: Iowa City online proofreading service has global reach | Startup, Iowa City! | Scoop.it
Brian Kaldenberg started his first business, GameRosters.com, in 2004 as a junior at Iowa State University. Kaldenberg, who has continued to operate GameRosters.com, was looking for new business ideas when he found one close to home in 2008.
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Way to go, neighbor! Awesome story about a long-time friend (and client) of ours. Wicked cool company (with a wicked fun ping pong table). 

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Iowa Startup Accelerator

Iowa Startup Accelerator | Startup, Iowa City! | Scoop.it
Opening Summer 2014 in Cedar Rapids
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It's happening. It's really, really happening. Peep the digital digs of the Creative Corridor's first startup accelerator program. // 

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ClusterFlunk re-launches, throws a party | Corridor Business Journal

Young entrepreneurs and co-founders of Iowa City-based ClusterFlunk, Joe Dallago and A.J. Nelson, are ready to push their company to the next level.
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Real talk: This is a real article. 

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Why I Invested In clusterFlunk

Why I Invested In clusterFlunk | Startup, Iowa City! | Scoop.it
There are 2 main reasons I invested in clusterFlunk. the founders + my own Personal experiences The founders are worth following just to see what happens. They have that built-in midwest hustle and...
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Renown Dwolla founder and hometown hero, Ben Milne, describes why he backed our friends at cF. Short answer: These fellas know hustle.

 

 

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Iowa City-based TelePharm helps rural pharmacies stay afloat

Iowa City-based TelePharm helps rural pharmacies stay afloat | Startup, Iowa City! | Scoop.it
Roby Miller comes from a family of pharmacy owners. But the Iowa native says he never planned to go into the family business—that is, until it was in trouble.
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We could feel guilty for our obvious obsession with Iowa City-based TelePharm. But we don't. This dude kills it. 

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Iowa City business offers way to search, sort data

Iowa City business offers way to search, sort data | Startup, Iowa City! | Scoop.it
In a world of more information than ever before, the founders of an Iowa City-based company say their product offers a solution to prevent users from drowning in data.
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These two data-miners sit three desks next to us. And they had no idea this write-up existed. 

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Sparking connections and creativity

Sparking connections and creativity | Startup, Iowa City! | Scoop.it
University of Iowa grads Andy Stoll and Amanda Styron spent the past few years learning what makes communities everywhere work.
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"It started with a lot of coffee and a lot of conversation." Now the duo behind Seed Here is getting some much deserved recognition from the University of Iowa. Proud that #WeCreateHere

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Lance LeTellier's comment, July 12, 2013 8:18 AM
Go Andy and Amanda!
ParadigmGallery's comment, July 14, 2013 2:43 PM
great story...impressive goals...great city,IC