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    Friday, May 26, 2017 10:49 AM
    Facebook's innovation in the field of targeted marketing has set it apart from the field and set the standard for an industry.

    Friday, May 26, 2017 6:00 AM
    Our friend Tej Dhawan passed along a quote to some of his startup friends last week. It’s from Nassim Nicholas Taleb, an essayist, scholar, statistician, former trader and risk analyst: “The three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates and a monthly salary.”

  • Friday, May 26, 2017 6:00 AM

    Here's a list of local people in the May 26 issue of the Business Record and the page number of the article in which they are mentioned. Members can read all of this week's stories at and can access the digital version of the paper by clicking here.

    Mark Arentsen, 8   
    Deb Bengtson, 13   
    Anthony Brown, 13   
    Heath Bullock, 4   
    Mike Colwell, 4   
    Tej Dhawan, 4   
    Dan Houston, 4   
    Patty Judge, 23   
    Tom Leners, 10   
    Brian Lohse, 8   
    Justin Lossner, 4   
    Mike McCoy, 6   
    Ben Milne, 4   
    Bill Northey, 23   
    Jim Olson, 10   
    Marcus Pitts, 4   
    Robin Pruisner, 23   
    Heather Riley, 10 

    Friday, May 26, 2017 6:00 AM
    Heath Bullock, who opened a Des Moines operation for international real estate firm JLL in 2013, has left the company, a JLL spokeswoman said.

    Friday, May 26, 2017 6:00 AM

    Dan Houston is a competent, confident business executive, a man well chosen to lead Principal Financial Group Inc. You could have attested to this yourself on May 16 had you attended the company’s annual meeting at its downtown Des Moines campus.


    Thursday, May 25, 2017 11:21 AM
    Here's an interesting piece from The Wall Street Journal from a year ago that tells the story of CF Corp., the private equity group that announced Wednesday it will purchase Des Moines-based Fidelity & Guaranty Life.

  • Tuesday, May 23, 2017 2:00 PM

    In case you missed it...
    A brief look back at members-only news from the past week on

    Best of Des Moines: Voting now open
    It’s time again for the Business Record’s annual Best of Des Moines poll, and it’s time for you to cast your ballot.

    Incentives approved for Windsor expansion into Norwalk
    IEDA and the city of Norwalk approved incentives that will lead to the construction of a $10.5 million manufacturing center for Windsor Windows and Doors.

    Apple Valley lives again
    In an example of how being fleet of foot pays off in commercial real estate, the renovated Apple Valley shopping center in Windsor Heights is leasing up quickly.

    Bravo issues record $539,600 in capital grants
    Bravo Greater Des Moines distributed $539,600 in capital grants including large awards to Des Moines Community Playhouse, Des Moines Metro Opera, Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden and Hoyt Sherman Place.


    Tuesday, May 23, 2017 10:57 AM
    Iowa is a case study of what would happen to the U.S. health insurance market under Trumpcare, according to this Washington Post opinion piece which details the collapse of the individual health insurance market in the state.

  • Monday, May 22, 2017 11:04 AM
    What can organizations learn in the face of sometimes epic public relations failures? 

  • Friday, May 19, 2017 6:00 AM

    Here's a list of local people in the May 19 issue of the Business Record and the page number of the article in which they are mentioned. Members can read all of this week's stories at and can access the digital version of the paper by clicking here.

    Dave Cale, 14
    Justin Hupfer, 14
    Laura Jackson, 13
    Ross Junge, 8
    David Kilpatrick, 6
    David Lind, 4
    Glenn Lyons, 4
    Dan McGehee, 4
    Ed McGill, 8
    Ed Oleksiak, 13
    Doug Ommen, 13
    Sabra Rosener, 13
    Scott Sanders, 20
    David Swieskowski, 13
    Paul Trombino, 4
    Murray Williams, 14

    Friday, May 19, 2017 6:00 AM
    From Guy Fraker’s perspective, it’s far less risky for insurance companies to be early to the autonomous car party than to arrive late and be on the outside tapping forlornly on the window. 

    Friday, May 19, 2017 6:00 AM
    Here’s a good review by health benefits expert David Lind of some of the significant demographic challenges related to forming high-risk pools and the realities that Congress will face as it tries to rewrite the rules for health insurance coverage. 

    Thursday, May 18, 2017 2:39 PM
    A couple of us stopped by the Accelerate DSM event at the Iowa Events Center on Wednesday. Mike Colwell, who runs the Greater Des Moines Partnership's Square One DSM accelerator and has a history in angel investing, spoke on the impending "Fourth Industrial Revolution" of artificial intelligence and deep learning, as well as how Central Iowans can ride this wave of innovation into the future. We also caught Dwolla exec Ben Milne.

    Thursday, May 18, 2017 10:49 AM
    Many of you know that Sophia S. Ahmad, vice president of public relations for the Greater Des Moines Partnership, is an accomplished and classically trained pianist. Here's a cool chance to hear her accompany virtuoso cellist Matt Haimovitz, who is in town for a few appearances, including a concert at Sheslow Auditorium.

    Tuesday, May 16, 2017 3:44 PM
    We hear it all the time from developers who say apartment tenants want to live in relatively small spaces that offer access to big-time shared amenities.

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