8 Silicon Prairie Startups Worth Watching

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Location: Des Moines, Iowa

What it does: Dwolla makes it easier for users to transfer money to one another. But it's making waves in the credit space too. Recently, the company announced a partnership with Comenity Capital Bank, which will let users make purchases through the Dwolla network without a credit card.

Watch for: Dwolla's real-time Internet payment system is so slick, it could upend the traditional financial infrastructure.