Months ago during the cold Iowa Winter our friend Marc Daniels found a niche in which to sell campaign swag. But this was different. Marc chose to flood the field with Jewish head-gear or Yarmulkas or Kippot...head coverings. He made each one and then stood outside of the venues and sold the heck out of them. Now with 84 days remaining he wants to turn his business into "weeding out hate" and planting seeds of peace. An interesting business interview and here is his website for more!
It's the evening of the Iowa Caucus but first we turn our attention to some business networking opportunities going on in the Des Moines Metro this week. From chamber activities to startup meetings and then we chat a bit about social media and political campaigns. Here is that conversation with Laura Kinnard. And, you can log your business meeting or networking event on Twitter using #DMBizEvents.
Iowa is awash with presidential candidates and while each has a story they want to tell the real story often lies beneath the sound-bite. Meet Lyle Muller of Iowa Watch a non-profit news organization that has built a reputation on asking tough questions and offering future journalists an opportunity to hone their craft. We met on the campus of Drake University where he was about to visit with some budding journalists.
It's the business of politics and in Iowa that is a big deal. Recently we learned that Progress Iowa was planning a large event, the first Iowa Corn Feed, as well as delivering rubber ducks to Terrace Hill. We invited Matt Sinovic to tell us the story. Here is that conversation.
We love telling the stories of Iowa Startups...and here is one that is actually making money. Patrick Rynard is the founder of The Iowa Starting Line a political blog that was launched in the target rich climate of the 2016 Iowa Caucus. The back-story with Patrick:
While we don't do "Toxic Talk Radio" here we are interested in what the candidates have to say about business issues. Recently Gov. Martin O'Malley was in Des Moines for the Greater Des Moines Partnership candidate forum. While most of the media asked questions about...politics...we had a couple of business questions. Here is that exchange.