CEO and founder, Denim In 2015, Gregory Bailey – like many entrepreneurs – struck out and launched a startup from his Urbandale home. He had spent more than two decades in the corporate insurance world, including holding executive positions at Athene USA and Pacific Life. Now, his startup, Denim, operates from a bright, airy and […]

Des Moines-based Seneca Cos., a supplier and services provider to the retail petroleum industry, announced this week that it has partnered with ChargePoint, a California-based electric vehicle (EV) charging station network. As a signature partner, Seneca will represent ChargePoint’s entire product line and provide product support throughout Seneca’s footprint in the Midwest, South and Mountain […]

Des Moines-based LenderClose, a web-based underwriting and lending assistant platform, has integrated the e-recording platform Simplifile, which functions as an electronic liaison between lenders and country recording offices, LenderClose announced this week. Simplifile claims to have deployed its platform in 50% of all U.S. recording jurisdictions, with a goal to reach the remaining 50% in […]

Des Moines-based Quester is introducing a new Amazon Alexa skill researching consumer food preferences in partnership with Conagra Brands, Quester announced on Monday. The AI-backed software asks Alexa users open-ended questions, then analyzes the respondent’s language to create follow-up questions. The Quester Alexa skill can be accessed with the command, “Alexa, open Quester Conversation.” 

Denim, a Des Moines-based insurtech company, has been named one of the 20 Most Promising Digital Marketing Solution Providers of 2019 by CIO Review magazine, a leading technology magazine. The companies were selected by a distinguished panel of CEOs, CIOs and analysts including CIO Review’s editorial board. “In our selection, we looked at the vendor’s capability to […]

Two Iowa nonprofits accepted $10,000 each raised and donated by the 2019 Monetery Tech Summit, the second annual technology and entrepreneurship conference organized by Dwolla. Iowa Safe Schools and Pursuit of Innovation (Pi515) each received the donation at the end of Tuesday’s summit in the Temple of Performing Arts. Dwolla also announced the Transition Forward […]

The Des Moines Oppenheimer Society — “Dedicated to innovation in the face of unintended consequences” — is hosting the Oppenheimer Awards and Advocate Auction to benefit special-needs students on May 21 at Gravitate Valley Junction. The lighthearted awards will recognize the 2019 “Twenty Over 20” class, sponsored by Trokt, and the Advocate Auction features artwork by children […]

Five agtech startups have been selected to the 2019 cohort of the Iowa AgriTech Accelerator, the accelerator announced this week. The program will run from June 3 to Aug. 30 in the East Village, with final Demonstration Day pitches during the World Food Prize in October. Participants are Otrafy (Vancouver, Canada); droneSAR (Des Moines); Vitalgia (Heerlen, […]

San Francisco-based HarvestPort, an early-stage agtech company developing a marketplace platform for farmers and supplies, is opening new offices in Des Moines, the company announced. HarvestPort has also hired Tyler Horbach, founder of agtech startup the FarmElement, as Grower Solutions Manager. Horbach previously founded the FarmElement in Jefferson, Iowa in 2017. HarvestPort was founded in […]