On track to becoming the most entrepreneurial state

Friday, September 9, 2016

The year was 1996. Iowa’s economy “was lower than whale poop at the bottom of the ocean,” says John Pappajohn, founder and president of Equity Dynamics, Inc. and sole owner of Pappajohn Capital Resources in Des Moines.

What 5 Pappajohn entrepreneurial centers accomplished

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Two decades ago, when Iowa was still reeling from the farm crisis and its economy was "lower than whale poop in the bottom of the ocean," multimillionaire John Pappajohn had a vision to make the state a prime spot to start new businesses. Starting in 1996, Pappajohn provided funding to create five centers at universities across Iowa to help "plant the seed" of entrepreneurship. Now, as the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers celebrate their 20th anniversary, Pappajohn still wants Iowa to be the most entrepreneurial state in the union.

At 88, John Pappajohn still works harder than you

Monday, September 12, 2016

It's 9 a.m., and one of Iowa's most famous entrepreneurs has already been working for hours, making phone calls, reviewing charitable causes and running through potential multimillion-dollar deals. John Pappajohn is a self-described workaholic who at age 88 still works seven days a week. He rises at 5 in the morning (it used to be 4 a.m.), gets to the office by 8 a.m. and will try to make it home by 6 p.m. A colleague describes him as "an absolute maniac."