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  • Des Moines duo who coded for Obama 2012 pursue own startups posted

    At Big Omaha in May 2011, Derek Brooks (left) and Nick Leeper discussed working for Barack Obama's re-election campaign. They both took jobs with the campaign later that year. Des Moines software developer Derek Brooks never thought he would find himself working on a political campaign... read more

  • Iowans put their tech skills to work for Obama posted - 3 comments

    Derek Brooks and Nick Leeper spent long hours writing code for donation and voter websites. Nick Leeper, left, and Derek Brooks, both software engineers in their early 30s, left good jobs in Des Moines to move to Chicago and work for the Obama campaign. They built software to track voters that helped secure Obama's victory... read more

  • Locals rate bars at posted - 2 comments

    REID FORGRAVE NIGHTSHIFT COLUMNIST When Derek Brooks moved from Cedar Rapids to Des Moines in 2003, he asked people one question: What's your favorite hangout? Then he took the question one step further, compiling answers on a Web site,, where locals can rate bars, restaurants and other entertainment venues of central Iowa. "We had some favorite bars and restaurants, but we wanted more," said Brooks, 24, who started the Web site along with his pub-loving co-worker, Nick Leeper, 27, of West Des Moines... read more