DIGITAL TRENDS:. Digital Trends published illustrations made public in Microsoft’s Andromeda patent filing today, suggesting that our future phone’s most prominent display will be a hinged, dual-screen device (Is anyone else getting vague Sidekick flashbacks?). Aside from a few questions about cleaning the fingerprints off both screens and fitting a lifeproof-style phone case, it’s neat […]

Iowa billionaire Harry Stine, founder of Stine Seed Co., announced an investment of $5 million into an Ames startup focusing on driverless tractors, the Des Moines Register reports. Founded by 28-year-old Colin Hurd, Smart Ag aims to solve critical labor shortages in agriculture with a software system that automates tractors used during the harvest. Smart […]

An increasing number of baby boomers are turning to entrepreneurship over traditional retirement, according to a new survey by financing company Guidant Financial. Entrepreneurs over age 50 accounted for 44 percent of respondents to the survey, which found that boomers accounted for 54 percent of all current U.S. business owners. Sixty four percent of those […]

Iowa wind blade manufacturer TPI Composites, based in Newton, will have to pay more than $150,000 in fines after Iowa’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration identified multiple safety hazards, including fire hazards, airborne contaminants and faulty record keeping, the Des Moines Register reports. The five-month investigation determined TPI failed to provide appropriate personal protective equipment […]

Losing two powerful voices within a week – legendary designer and founder Kate Spade, and ally, storyteller and chef Anthony Bourdain – left our culture grappling, once again, with how we acknowledge and treat depression. This morning, Forbes contributor Chris Myers explored the unique emotional risks that entrepreneurs and startup founders face – which led […]

When Brad Dwyer founded Hatchlings Inc. in an Iowa State University dorm room in 2008, he couldn’t have predicted what the social media landscape would become. Dwyer’s mobile games company requires a few basic permissions for users to play using Facebook’s API (application programming interface): Hatchlings needs a user’s name, email address and Facebook social […]

Facebook is pledging to train 1 million workers and small business owners across the U.S. in digital marketing and labor skills by 2020. The announcement comes just after Facebook publicized a new partnership with the Des Moines Area Community College, which will expand DMACC’s current digital marketing course into a 30-credit-hour certificate that includes Facebook’s […]