The Middle Bit – Week of May 26

Every Friday Clay & Milk compiles a list of what happened during the week from the startup, tech, and innovation communities in “the middle.”

• Iowa

John Deere raises its profit forecast with successful second-quarter, via Business Insider.

These four startups received funding from the Iowa Economic Development Authority, via the IEDA.

Smartphone driver’s licenses expected to launch in 2018, via The Des Moines Register.

Alec Ross, innovation expert and best selling author, to keynote Iowa Ideas 2017, via The Gazette.

• Illinois

Entrepreneur creates a women’s lifestyle website, via Entrepreneur.

Chicago online property management platform raises $2 million in funding, via Rentalutions.

• Indiana

Startup developing technology that could convert bad fat to good fat, treating obesity, via Purdue University.

Largest tech employer opens tallest tower, via Techpoint.

• Missouri

Farmers take on tech, via Hannibal Courier-Post.

• Michigan

Ford shakeup underscores Detroit’s tech dilemmas, via The Star.