Thanks to the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, a Kansas City-based foundation that works to harness the power of entrepreneurship and innovation, for sponsoring the Livestream and Video Series, and to our video and post-production team made up of Event1 Video and Evolve.

Thinc Iowa, a Silicon Prairie News premier event, is held each October to provide a common ground for startups and corporations to explore partnerships, examine innovation and share lessons learned.

Music: "Allegrotto con Moto ma Rubato" by MAT64 (

Ben Silbermann grew up in Des Moines and went to Roosevelt High School. He then moved across the country twice: first to Connecticut and then to California to work for Google. Two years ago he founded Pinterest with his friends Paul Sciarra and Evan Sharp. Pinterest lets you organize and share your Favorited things by pinning them onto virtual pin boards. Millions of people use Pinterest to discover recipes to cook, products to buy, and places to visit. Pinterest is funded by some of Silicon Valley's most successful entrepreneurs and venture capitalists.

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