In 2013, the Business Record launched innovationIOWA Magazine, an annual publication with a mission to spotlight innovative companies and technological achievements across the state. One year ago this week, our newsroom launched the innovationIOWA e-newsletter, updating our delivery from annually to weekly – right to your inbox.

The mission remains the same: we seek out the stories of the people, products or processes changing the way you do business, whether you are a startup founder, a C-suite executive, a middle manager, a community leader or a remote worker.

I’ve met with many of you over the brief year with ears wide open. We are your community news, and we wouldn’t be serving you if we weren’t listening to your needs, struggles and joys. innovationIOWA has been enthusiastically received by our community — it’s deeply gratifying to be sharing your stories. You can reach me at Take a look back with us:


Becoming a Catalyst

Building up: Des Moines women craft a more diverse workforce

Who in Iowa gets to be innovative?   

A Closer Look: Nancy Mwirotsi (Insider item)

Ben McDougal steps up as regional 1 Million Cups representative

When depression and entrepreneurship collide


Predicting future floods with artificial intelligence

CTE Hope seeking method of confirming a concussion’s impact

Newly updated, ChowBank offers virtual introduction between food donors and recipients

Hummingbird Project offers social marketing to businesses

Game Jam contestants puzzle over ‘Games for Good’ launches for tech job seekers scouting Des Moines  

Driverless tractor technology debuts at Farm Progress Show


Ten years after devastation, ‘Flood of Ideas’ to mark Cedar Rapids recovery

DMACC, Microsoft announce Microsoft Data Center Academy in West Des Moines

Developers, businesses watchful of Facebook data issue

Ramco Innovations launches Maple Ventures

West Des Moines, Microsoft to partner on pilot community Wifi access 

Here’s to Year No. 2!