Middle Bit: Dwolla to hire new CEO as Ben Milne steps away from position

Dwolla will be seeking a new CEO after founder Ben Milne announced plans to step away from the position earlier this week.

“I told the Dwolla team this morning that we are hiring a new CEO, whom I and the rest of the board are going to recruit,” said Milne a blog post announcing the change. “I’ve replaced myself in every role I’ve ever had in this company and this will be no different.”

Milne will remain a board member and staff in another capacity while seeking a CEO to lead Dwolla through upcoming changes.

Since founding in 2008, Dwolla has grown to have a $10M+ revenue run rate support and more than $10B a year in gross payment volume, wrote Milne.

“I’m so proud of what we’ve done and anyone new coming into the CEO role will have a powerful platform to enable the next 10X+ jump. There is so much talent, ambition, product, board support, and drive already in place. The future is ours to create and the right things are in place to create it.”


SBDC Iowa announces 2020 entrepreneur award winners

Dr. Martin Gross, President and co-founder, Gross-Wen Technologies, was named the winner of the 2020 Neal Smith Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

The Neal Smith Entrepreneur of the Year Award honors an Iowa entrepreneur who has been in business a minimum of three years and has been significantly assisted by an Iowa Small Business Development Center.

Sue Tyrrell, CEO and owner of Hands Up Communications, is the 2020 Deb Dalziel Woman Entrepreneur Achievement Award winner.

The Deb Dalziel Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award honors an Iowa woman entrepreneur who has significantly changed or improved her life and the lives of others.


Iowa State’s C-CHANGE to host conference exploring opportunities in biogas

Iowa State University’s Consortium for Cultivating Human and Naturally reGenerative Enterprises (C-CHANGE) is hosting its inaugural Conference on Agriculture, Technology and Innovation March 25-27, 2020, in Des Moines.

The conference—themed “Why are we missing the boat on biogas?”—is designed to bring together experts from agriculture, energy, government, science and society to share new thinking and new ideas to expand the value chain for Renewable Natural Gas, a component of biogas.

Taking place at the Hilton Des Moines Downtown Hotel, the conference is structured to share information and generate discussion regarding feedstocks, anaerobic digestion, co-products, distribution, financing, policy, market opportunities, and societal impact.

The conference kicks off with a pre-dinner mixer starting at 5 pm, Wednesday, March 25. The next day-and-a-half will feature a diverse panel of speakers representing science, practice and policy aspects of developing the value chain. 

Registration is available now.