Dwolla CEO/founder Ben Milne cuts the ribbon as the company unveils new headquarters in February 2019 at 909 Locust. Photo provided Dwolla is searching for a new CEO after founder Ben Milne announced he was going to step away from the role in a blog post published this afternoon. Milne and other company leaders came […]

Kansas City-based Commerce Bank announced it has launched a real-time payments system aimed at enabling property-casualty insurers to provide faster, more convenient claims payments. The new product, CommercePayments PreferPay, provides customers, claimants and service providers with multiple claims payment options including ACH, check or direct-to-debit card via Visa Direct.  Commerce Bank partnered with Progressive Casualty […]

Jim Towey, president of Onset, will join the board of directors of the Iowa AgriTech Accelerator, the organization announced this week. Towey most recently served as a mentor for the accelerator, helping past participants develop their business ideas and build their storytelling skills to gain support for innovations. Based in Cape Cod, Mass., Onset is […]

An electric scooter rental program that’s popular but also potentially a dangerous nuisance will return to Cedar Rapids and expand, the Cedar Rapids Gazette reports. The scooters and bikes — introduced last year and stationed on public walkways — are slated to return this spring, city officials said Tuesday. Last fall, city officials were weighing whether […]

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate has hired Jeff Franklin as the chief cybersecurity officer, Pate announced on Thursday morning. Franklin has served as the State of Iowa’s Chief Information Security Officer for the past 10 years. In his new role, Franklin will lead efforts to protect Iowa’s elections in 2020 and beyond, the office […]

Screenshot of the IowaReporterApp, developed by Shadow Inc., by Motherboard.  To be clear: this briefing, in a state technology and innovation e-newsletter, does not explore whether an app is solely to blame for political chaos immediately after the 2020 Iowa caucus for the Democratic presidential nominee. But the IowaReporterApp, developed by a for-profit company called Shadow, […]

West Des Moines-based automation services distributor Ramco Innovations acquired Richard Greene Company of St. Louis, Mo., Ramco announced this week. The acquisition will allow Ramco to expand in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska, and offer a larger product offering, said Hank Norem, president of Ramco Innovations. 

Bill Adamowski, director of innovation and entrepreneurship at Iowa State University and creator of the successful ISU Startup Factory, will leave ISU in February to join Drake University. Adamowski, a serial entrepreneur in his own right, will fill the newly created role of executive director for entrepreneurship, innovation and human-centered design in Drake’s College of […]

Court documents filed Thursday show that Dallas County has dropped charges against two men accused of breaking into the Dallas County courthouse to test its security, reports KCCI. Coalfire Security employees Justin Wynn and Gary Demercurio were charged in September 2019 with felony burglary after authorities said they were caught inside the Dallas County Courthouse […]

Help us recognize innovation happening across Iowa as we seek nominations to honor both an organization and an individual for their accomplishments. Awards will be presented at innovationIOWA Magazine’s unveiling on May 21, 2020. Submit nominations for: Corteva Agriscience innovationLEADER Honors an organization or company for their originality, leadership, and impact on their company, state […]