Middle Bit: Gravitate Coworking opens new location in Windsor Heights

Gravitate Coworking (the parent company of Clay & Milk) relocated its West Des Moines location to a new location called “Gravitate Midtown.” As of Sept. 1, the coworking space officially opened its new location at 6500 University Avenue in Windsor Heights.

“I’m excited to bring Gravitate to my hometown of Windsor Heights”, said Geoff Wood, Gravitate’s founder. “We’re starting to see an uptick of new members as we head into the back-to-school season and this location is easily accessible for anyone on the west side of the metro that needs to get out of their home office for a while”.

The new Gravitate Midtown location features the same membership options that Gravitate offers at its Downtown space: individual and team offices, dedicated desks, floating desks, along with mailbox and virtual memberships.

Syncbak launches new streaming platform

Cedar Rapids-based media technology company Syncbak has launched a new platform called “VUit”, a free, ad-supported national streaming service.

VUit’s initial launch partners include more than 200 television stations owned by Gray Television, Meredith Corporation, Cowles Media Company, Heritage Broadcasting Group and Morgan Murphy Media, which will all offer livestreams.

Available on iOS and Android devices, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and more, VUit is run by Syncbak and will use Syncbak’s ad insertion technology to place commercials in the streams.

Syncbak also announced that Gray Television, Inc. has made a significant additional investment in the company. The investment amount was undisclosed.

West Des Moines Business Incubator suspends services

The West Des Moines Business Incubator, an 11 year old 501c3 non-profit entity focused on growing startups and small business in West Des Moines suspended all services at the end of August.

“We’re proud of what we accomplished as an entrepreneurial support organization and we’re glad to have been part of the journey for so many small businesses in our community,” wrote the incubator in an announcement. “We look forward to celebrating their successes for many years to come.”

BirdDogHR is now part of Arcoro

Arcoro announced last week the official consolidation of BirdDogHR within the Arcoro brand.

The official folding of BirdDogHR occurred on August 22. 

“BirdDogHR’s award-winning software is a significant part of Arcoro’s foundation. We are thrilled to take the product and brand consolidation to the next level,” said Arcoro CEO John O’Hara. “We look forward to the powerful compliance assistance and HR innovations this full consolidation will bring to the industries we serve.”