Middle Bit: Adrienne Greenwald to succeed John LaMarche as Managing Principal at VentureNet Iowa

VentureNet Iowa announced today that Adrienne Greenwald, current Director of Communications and Public Relations, is to succeed John LaMarche as Managing Principal, effective July 1, 2019. 

LaMarche, who has served as Managing Principal since 2008, announced his retirement and will remain with the company in the interim as a consultant to ensure a smooth transition.

“While we are sad to see John retire, we congratulate Adrienne Greenwald on her new leadership role. I have complete confidence in a seamless transition and look forward to working with her and the rest of the VentureNet team,” said Iowa Economic Development Authority Director Debi Durham, in the press release.

Greenwald joined VentureNet in 2012 and has served as the Director of Communications and Public Relations since 2013.

What else is happening?

AI start-up Betterview raises $4.5 million in round led by ManchesterStory

Betterview, a California-based AI property and building insight and workflow platform for insurance companies, has closed a $4.5M Series A funding round.

The round was led by Iowa-based ManchesterStory, with participation from Nationwide Ventures, EMC Insurance, Maiden Re and Compound.

Along with the funding round, Dave Miles, Managing Partner of ManchesterStory, and Brian Desmond, CMO of Guidewire Software, joined Betterview’s Board of Directors.

The company will use the funds to continue to grow its team.

In July of 2018, Betterview launched its risk management platform, which leverages machine learning, computer vision and geospatial data to deliver data, analysis and insights on commercial and residential properties throughout the United States.

Lenderclose partners with Simplifile

West Des Moines-based LenderClose has announced a partnership with Simplifile, the nation’s largest e-recording network for mortgage lenders and settlement agents .

Simplifile has deployed its e-recording platform in 50 percent of all U.S. recording jurisdictions and plans to help the remaining 50 percent realize e-recording benefits in 2019. 

“The integration is a continuation of LenderClose’s strategy to provide lenders a single point of access to the housing industry’s top vendors to digitize the loan cycle. “We cannot afford to lose sight of the borrower experience,” said LenderClose Chief Operating Officer Ben Rempe. “That’s why we have placed such a high priority on putting the right technology and integrations into the hands of lending staff. When they are empowered to exceed expectations, the borrower experience is automatically improved.” 

Previous coverage

VentureNet Iowa: connecting companies with state funding -Aug. 1, 2018

Lenderclose: Corporate to startup -May 10, 2018