An ongoing cyberattack against U.S. businesses running versions of the Microsoft Exchange Server has already affected at least five Iowa organizations in the last 12 hours, and more will likely be detected, Coralville cybersecurity firm ProCircular told the Business Record today. Organizations using on-premises Exchange Server versions 2019, 2016 and 2013 are vulnerable. The attack […]

One year after the COVID-19 pandemic shut down live events, the team behind Des Moines software firm VolunteerLocal is raising their hands to help in the vaccine distribution effort. The staff started reaching out to connections in the medical field after a current customer called operations coordinator Isabel Reed in February to ask if VolunteerLocal’s […]

LightEdge, a provider of compliant cloud and colocation services, announced a partnership this week with FD-IX, a Midwest internet exchange company, to install an Internet Exchange node at the LightEdge Data Center in Altoona, making it the first interstate Internet Exchange and FD-IX node in the state. Organizations connected to the Internet Exchange can directly […]

A review of solar energy projects at Iowa’s schools, cities and other public entities reported average annual savings of more than $26,475, state Auditor Rob Sand announced recently. Eighty Iowa communities are currently using solar energy installations, and the average savings over the lifetime of an installation was $716,437, Sand said. The full report, titled […]

Jade Nettrour is a senior in high school and has already designed an early prototype of new Christmas tree lights to make the annual decorating process easier — and more cat-friendly — for her family and their five felines. Nettrour’s demonstration earned her second place in a student “Shark Tank” pitch competition in 2020, and […]

The Technology Association of Iowa will host the 2021 Iowa High School Tech Summit presented by Principal virtually on April 20, from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., TAI announced this week. The Summit is free and open to all Iowa high school students and educators; educators are encouraged to register their classes for the Summit. […]

The Iowa Go-to-Market (G2M) Accelerator announced the inaugural 2021 G2M cohort of five participating Iowa biotechnology startups. Cohort members are CartilaGen of Iowa City, Classroom Clinic of Carroll, FBB Biomed of Coralville, Mazen Animal Health of Ames and Sushi3D, also of Ames. The accelerator is supported by BioConnect Iowa, VentureNet Iowa and the Iowa State […]

After Mike Colwell retires at the end of this month as executive director of entrepreneurial initiatives at the Greater Des Moines Partnership, he’ll help lead one more session of the Partnership’s Raising Capital Seminar Series, a twice-yearly power course for entrepreneurs learning how to fund their business. Colwell, himself a private investor, is preparing to enjoy a […]

Nationwide is expanding its venture capital investment fund to $350 million directed toward high-growth potential insurtech and fintech startups, the company announced last week. The funding will be directed into high-growth potential insurance and financial service startups that advance Nationwide’s strategy in digital infrastructure, home solutions, retirement products, small and medium-sized businesses, telematics and fleet […]