Inc. Magazine ranked Rocket Referrals No. 75 out of the 250 Most Successful Companies in the Midwest. The Des Moines-based communications software platform, which is mistakenly listed as being headquartered in Indiana, is the highest ranked of three Iowa companies: McClure Engineering of Clive was ranked No. 120, and Moxie Solar of Iowa City, No. 127. 

The city of Johnston’s operating budget, available for public viewing through Johnston Open Finance. Screencap/City of Johnston Johnston residents keeping an eye on the city’s finances have a new tool to simplify the process.  The city’s public Open Finance dashboard publishes the city’s entire budget and spending line items — down to the vendor and […]

As companies compete to attract parents and kids with back-to-school specials, one Des Moines startup has placed an eye on a piece of the classroom unserved by many startups.  Trokt, an online platform and mobile application designed to facilitate legal mediation record-keeping, is seeking headway to connect with the families of disabled or special-needs students […]

The Iowa Division of Workers’ Compensation has launched a web-based filing system for attorneys, workers, employers and insurers. The new Workers’ Compensation Electronic System will allow the division to transition from paper filing to electronic filing, the agency said in a release. “WCES will bring the Iowa work comp system into the 21st century,” said […]

Microsoft is releasing an open-source software development kit called ElectionGuard that will use encryption techniques to let voters know when their vote is counted ahead of the 2020 election cycle, reports Iowa Public Radio. ElectionGuard will allow officials and third parties to verify election results to make sure there was no interference with the results. Voters […]

Ames-based data compliance software provider Workiva has opened two new offices in Frankfurt, Germany and Paris, France, the company announced this week. Workiva also has offices in Amsterdam and London, as well as in 12 U.S. cities and two Canadian cities. French and German companies are struggling with global statutory reporting, Workiva said, and beginning […]

Technology-related employment in Iowa grew by more than 1,000 new jobs in 2018, the Corridor Business Journal reports. In an annual assessment, CompTIA reported net tech employment in Iowa grew by an estimated 1,014 jobs in 2018, a 1.1% increase over 2017. Growth was driven by new software and web development positions (up 3.6%) and computer […]

A new mobile app created by the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division (ABD) helps retailers determine the age of customers attempting to purchase alcohol, tobacco and vapor products, reports Radio Iowa. ABD spokesperson Jake Holmes said the app can replace the low-tech age-to-purchase ‘desktop calendars’ the division used to send to retailers. The smartphone app allows […]

Three years after founding, MākuSafe, a technology wearables company focused on workplace safety, closed on a $2.85 million seed round in December. It launches what staff promises to be a busy year for the wearable safety device company: five pilot testing programs have finished or are underway, with 120 industrial workers currently trying out the […]

The Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division (ABD) has released a mobile application to help retailers determine the age of customers attempting to purchase alcohol, tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor products, the division announced this week. The Iowa ABD Age to Purchase App allows users to scan driver’s licenses with their smartphone. No personal information of the […]