Our Story

Since 2016, Clay & Milk has been covering and connecting the Iowa ecosystem, producing stories about the entrepreneurs, artists, startups, and trends that are the shaping the present and future of the state’s economy.

New and innovative endeavors happen every day throughout Iowa, often under the radar. Too often.

Clay & Milk’s mission, then, is to bring these ventures to light.

Be sure to sign up for our newsletter, a daily conversation straight to your inbox, with a front row seat to the people, organizations and ideas driving the Iowa innovation economy forward.

If you have a story to tell, or want to be a part of ours, send us a note.


We’re a startup that covers startups. We also cover investors, and we have our own financial backers.

Two of our founders run other companies: one that makes money by supporting entrepreneurs (Gravitate) and the other that is a well-known Iowa startup (Dwolla). Both of these founders will occasionally contribute to Clay & Milk.

It’s easy to see how this arrangement can result in conflicts of interest. This means we need to be transparent and that’s a goal we put in high regard.

To the extent we can, we plan to disclose the involvement of any entity backing Clay & Milk, including in our content. Should stories arise involving Gravitate or Dwolla, our editorial team will judge them as they would any other story: based on merit.

In addition, we do not guarantee or promise to write about an individual or a company solely because they are a sponsor or back us financially.

Our People

Geoff Wood
Founder of Gravitate Coworking

Jake Slobe
Managing Editor

Founding Team
Geoff Wood
Ben Milne
Matt Patane

Past Contributors
Joey Aguirre
Matthew Patane