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Measure StartupCity’s success on its impact not its incubator

Geoff Wood

The idea behind StartupCity Des Moines has always been ambitious: create an incubator in the heart of the community that would nurture 10-15 startups in the first year, grow to as many as 30 startups by the third year and have those startups exit at such a frequency that the proceeds from the incubator’s 3 percent stake in each can be reinvested to cover the $750,000 in (mostly) public loans they secured to get it off the ground as well as ongoing operating expenses.

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Thoughts on our startup community for the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute

Geoff Wood

The Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute invited me to sit in on a panel this afternoon to talk to their 2014 class about startups in Iowa. I was joined by Leann Jacobsen of the Technology Association of Iowa, Tej Dhawan of StartupCity Des Moines and the panel was moderated by Chris Voggesser. It was a lot of fun and I really appreciate that program taking an interest in our startup community (it's important). They sent some sample questions over ahead of time and I decided to write up my thoughts and share them here.

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Drake Law or Iowa Law - which is the "oldest law school west of the Mississippi"?

Geoff Wood

My wife is a recent graduate of Drake Law School and I remember during her time there that it was referenced as “the oldest law school west of the Mississippi River” [1]. Earlier this week I saw the same reference to the other law school in the state - The University of Iowa College of Law [2]. To quote The Highlander, “there can be only one” - so what’s the story? 

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