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Angelo Pitassi Jr. (left), Founder and CEO of Health ID, collaborating with Josh Walsh (right), VP of Technology at the Sprint Health Accelerator powered by TechStars Angelo Pitassi Jr., Founder and CEO of Health ID, never imagined the day his youngest son would be diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Type 1 Diabetes is a disease that is hard enough for a grown adult, but Pitassi never realized how
Hudl announced on its web site that it is in the process of acquiring Sportstec, an Australia-based sports performance analysis company. Sportstec serves professional sports teams around the world, including China, Spain, Argentina and New Zealand. They also serve the Chicago Blackhawks and the New York Rangers, as well as 29 of the 30 teams in the NBA. According to the press release, Hudl plans
Brent Comstock started his own tech services company at age 12. By the time he left for college, BCom Solutions had over 500 clients nationwide. Today Comstock splits his time between BCom in Auburn, Nebraska, and the University of North Carolina where he is the first Student Entrepreneur in Residence at an incubator in Chapel Hill. “It’s interesting going between North Carolina area
Windstream posted this stunning video about Vishal Singh and his Lincoln-based Quantified Ag. Quantified Ag went through the NMotion accelerator in 2014. Windstream is a major supporter of the Silicon Prairie region. (H/t to Aaron Babcock) The post Watch this gorgeous video about Quantified Ag appeared first on Silicon Prairie News.
The Nebraska Legislature gave final approval Thursday to three bills of interest to the startup community. All three passed with no dissenting votes and are now awaiting the signature of Governor Pete Ricketts. LB 156, introduced by Sen. John Stinner of Gering, makes an additional $1 million in angel investment tax credits available to qualified investors. The bill passed 46 – 0. LB 226, introd
Yaw Odame at EntreFEST in Iowa City Yaw Odame and Caity Klitz, co-founders of Seamster, knew they had to move to Lincoln, Nebraska, if they wanted to start a company. “We were talking about building this thing, and we kind of joked with our friends, ‘Hey, we should move [to Lincoln],’” said Odame. “Food doesn’t cost as much, and rent is really cheap.” Odame and Klitz were living
Lawyers, please help us identify the Best of the Bar in Kansas City. Nominations are open for the Kansas City Business Journal's Best of the Bar, which honors the top local lawyers in private practice, as selected by their peers. The deadline for nominations is July 6. Winners will be featured in a special supplement published Sept. 25. We're looking for nominations of lawyers you would recommen
Missouri's roads and bridges are going to get worse before they get better. The General Assembly's 2015 legislative session came and went without any action to raise the state's 17-cent-a-gallon gas tax— one of the lowest state gas taxes in the nation — and without the formation of any plans to improve Interstate 70 between Kansas City and St. Louis. The inaction in Jefferson City, combined w
The second phase of Johnson County Gateway project is completed — in digital form. On Tuesday, the Kansas Department of Transportation and its contractor, Gateway Interchange Constructors, released a series of videos that demonstrate the end result of the second phase. The $600 million, multiphase project is located at the interchange of Interstate 35, I-435 and Kansas Highway 10 in Johnson Cou
A new hospitality company, Legends Hospitality, is serving food at Sporting Kansas City games this season. On Tuesday, the Major League Soccer club showcased new premium fare served by the New York-based hospitality company and introduced the club's new executive chef, Jason Wiggin. The new executive chef, formerly with the InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza, said he'll be leading a team o
Glacé Artisan Ice Cream in Kansas City is one of the "Best Ice Cream Shops in America," according to entertainment and food website Thrillist. "Don't come expecting a scoop of plain ol' vanilla. Rather, think a little higher for the rosewater vanilla," write the bloggers. "And then just ignore that anyway because you can get a scoop of goat Cheese & cherries. Or blackberry chocolate flake. O
The 2015 Champions of Business aren’t just doing business here — they are rooted in Kansas City. The 15 companies chosen by a panel of independent judges were honored Friday at a luncheon at the Sheraton Overland Park. The award recipients acknowledged that their successes are the result of a team effort — that of their employees and executives as well as their business partners. Three-ti
Online video has become hugely popular in recent years, in fact so much so that YouTube is the second largest search engine today, getting about three billion searches each month. For marketers or brick-and-mortar businesses who have...
Comparing search engine optimization consulting and online marketing services can often be challenging when it comes to hiring the right one for your small business. Achieving high organic search engine rankings requires an in-depth strategy...
WordPress was released on May 27, 2003 as a free and open source blogging (personal publishing) platform. Since that time, thousands of volunteers around the world have contributed to make WordPress the fully fledged Content Management System (CMS...
The Content Marketing Institute, Marketing Profs, and Brightcove conducted a study concerning marketing strategy as it relates to content marketing. The results were highlighted in a very interesting infographic that is the main source of the...
Walk into any Starbucks or other upscale coffee shop today, and you'll likely find many of the people inside busy on their laptops, tablets, or iPads, seemingly oblivious to their surroundings. You also find at least a...
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thinkingbigger | James Hart Moblico Solutions raised $900,000 in investment during the first quarter of the year, the company reported. The money is coming from the Missouri Technology Corporation and a local angel investor, co-founder and CEO Pierre Barbeau said. This is the second time for both the MTC and that investor to put money into Moblico, which helps companies create personalized mobile-
Startland News | Abby Tillman Kansas City-based Moblico, a tech firm that creates software for mobile marketers, recently announced a $900,000 investment raise to hire additional staff. The investment came from Missouri Technology Corp. and a local angel investor — both of which are second time investors in the company. “We raised these funds to help the company grow,” Moblico CEO Pie
Silicon Prairie News | Ryan Pendell Moblico, a mobile marketing company in the Kansas City area, has announced it has raised $900,000 in Q1 of this year. The investors include the Missouri Technology Corporation (MTC) and a local angel investor. Moblico says the purpose of the raise is “to continue our growth into new markets and pursue new business opportunities.” This is MTC’s second inves
Kansas City Business Journal | Ashley Jost ProPharma Group has acquired a drug safety and medical information services business for an undisclosed amount, the company announced Thursday. PROSAR, based in St. Paul, Minn., along with its international provider, PI Arm, now are wholly owned subsidiaries of ProPharma. The Overland Park-based company provides compliance services for pharmaceutical, bio
St. Louis Business Journal | Brian Feldt About two months after being touted by the White House, Chris Motley, founder of St. Louis startup Better Weekdays, has raised just more than $300,000 in seed financing. The company raised $350,000 of a planned $1.5 million offering of debt and future security options. The money came from four investors, according to the federal filing. Motley declined an i
Startland News | Bobby Burch Overland Park-based tech startup ClaimKit recently was dubbed 2015’s most “aspirational entrepreneur” by the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. Founded in 2011, Claimkit created a contract management platform for insurance companies, law firms and consulting groups to help them more efficiently collect and analyze documents. Now with five full time staff, t
The mission of Think Big Partners has always been about more than money. While we are committed to identifying, nurturing and supporting successful companies in the Midwest and across the country, we are also very aware that this does not happen in a vacuum. Successful entrepreneurs require committed ecosystems and supportive communities to realize their full potential. Kansas City has been very f
The article “How the Journey of Data Can Transform Cities” recently appeared on the official Cisco corporate blog as a guest post by Herb Sih, Managing Partner of Think Big Partners. As a follow up to this article and in response to the subsequent questions that have come up, here is a consolidated excerpt of the responses: Q. Why is the Smart and Connected City Kansas City project s
This post is contributed by Ron Singh and Charlie Kelly of Silicon Valley Bank. Why is Silicon Valley Bank in Kansas City? As our name suggests, our roots are planted deep in the Valley. We’ve been integral in providing capital, banking services and connections for innovative companies and investors throughout the world for more than 30 years. We place ourselves in markets where tech ecosystem
Every Veteran’s Day, I am reminded of the decade I spent in the military and the immeasurable impact it has had on me as an entrepreneur. Beyond the genuine camaraderie, black & white mission success criteria and a certain tempo that exists among military members, there were many lessons I learned that find their way into my daily life as a technology focused entrepreneur, co-founder o
A Kansas City Business Journal article gives an update on the progress of Cisco’s Smart City Initiative announced in May 2014. Business accelerator and incubator Think Big Partners, LLC will act as a Cisco “development portal” manager, allowing entrepreneurs to tap into the Smart City’s data. Think Big will manage the engagement of area entrepreneurs, in addition to provid
From the desk of Think Big Co-Founder and Senior Partner, Tyler Prochnow – In the interest of full disclosure, let me start by saying I was not a Kansas City resident for any of the following: The first decade of the Royals 29 year playoff drought; The Lin Elliot playoff game; Tyus Edney’s coast-to-coast dagger against Mizzou; and K-State’s time as the worst college football team in t
You Don’t Take Your Website Seriously Enough You spend thousands of dollars on trade shows, print, signage, vehicle wraps, television and radio advertising, but when it comes to your website, you spend very little time or money on making it the best it can be, even though you know that every single person that ever […] The post 10 Reasons Why You Are Not Getting More Sales From Your Websit
In the old days of the Internet, business owners shopped for web design services the same way they shopped for print advertising. All that really mattered back then were graphic design and pricing. Today, your website is no longer just a site on the web. It’s REQUIRED to be lead generator, a profit center and […] The post 10 Questions You Must Ask Before Hiring A Web Designer appea
SEO is a male dominated field. As I think back on the thousands of SEO blog posts and articles I’ve read over the years, the vast majority of them were written by men. That being said, last week when I asked myself to name the top women in SEO (without searching), only four names came […] The post The Top 5 Women In SEO Today appeared first on .
Its official, Penguin 3.0 has landed. It’s been over a year since Google’s link spam fighting algorithm has been updated or refreshed. Some webmasters have feared this update, others have been praying for it. The update, the sixth version of this particular algorithm, was officially rolled out on October 17th 2014. Per Google, it will […] The post Did Penguin 3.0 Twerk Up On Your Website
My name is Phil Singleton and I run a boutique Internet marketing and web design company Kansas City. This is an honest feedback from a real customer – we are NOT an affiliate nor do we have any other relationship with ASmallOrange.com other than being a very happy customer. In the last year, we’ve hosted […] The post 10 Reasons Why I Fell In Love With ASmallOrange Web Hosting and
Could your website rankings come crashing down like a house of cards? The SEO industry has witnessed five iterations of Google Penguin updates and you can almost hear the footsteps of the next Penguin update. And how many Panda updates have we seen? As of this writing, it’s now deep in the v20-somethings. Not to […] The post Do You Have Zombie SEO Rankings? appeared first on .
Kansas City’s FitBark has just landed a major deal: Its device is going to be available in nearly 1,800 Target stores. The company has created a dog activity monitor (shaped just like a dog bone) that can be attached to a pet’s collar. Owners can then use their smartphones to track how much exercise their pooch is getting. Target is going to be selling FitBarks as part of its new Connected Hom
The Mid-America Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce is celebrating its third anniversary of building up the region’s LGBT-owned businesses. The chamber has planned a celebration from 5:30 to 8 p.m. today at Pennway Place at Studio Dan Meiners, 2500 W. Pennway in Kansas City, Mo. Dan Nilsen, MAGLCC’s board president and a driving force in the group’s creation, will speak, as will former Kan
The Kansas Department of Commerce has just unveiled the regional winners of this year’s Business Excellence Awards, and several Kansas City companies are among the honorees. Fashionista Exchange & Boutique of Overland Park won in the retail category for the East Central region, while Leawood’s Netsmart Technologies and Support Kansas City Inc. in Mission are being recognized in the service
After five years of declining activity, Americans launched startups at a greater rate last year, the Kauffman Foundation reports. According to the foundation’s Startup Activity Index, about 0.31 percent of U.S. adults started businesses each month, compared to 0.28 percent the year before. The number might seem small, but it’s the largest year-to-year gain in 20 years. Still, the foundation ca
This week, 1 Million Cups at the Kauffman Foundation featured Flowh and Mixtape. Abby Tillman of Startland News provided a recap of the event: Mixtape founder Joel Johnson was first to present his firm, which created a card game that prompts players to pair songs with life experiences to cultivate story telling and memory sharing. “Mixtape gives people a chance and an opportunity to be vulnerabl
David Windhausen, an executive vice president at marketing firm Intouch Solutions, is one of the winners of this year’s PM360 ELITE Awards. The honor is presented to some of the health care sector’s most influential, effective professionals. The awards are hosted by PM360, a magazine serving the pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device businesses. Windhausen will be saluted during a receptio
Many in digital media continue to underestimate the influence of Google. It’s no longer just a cool tech company; Google is now part of the global economic infrastructure. While many people are caught in the hype of social media, the plain fact is that Internet searches are what drive purchase decisions. You create demand in social media, but you capture demand and steal market share via SEO and
2014 was an eventful and exciting year for small businesses. Of course the same thing can be said for every year! I’ve asked ten highly experienced small business marketing experts from around North America to share their predictions for 2015 and the challenges and opportunities they foresee in the coming year. 1. Scott Stern, Red Stripe Strategy: The whole definition of marketing in mos
As an Internet marketing services agency in the US MidWest, we are cold-called and email spammed every day from domestic and offshore companies trying to sell us our own services, or soliciting to become a reseller of their search engine optimization services. Truth be told, it doesn’t make sense for an SEO company to outsource any SEO work to third parties – especially when it comes t
WordPress is by far the most popular content management system for small businesses. It’s super easy to use and when structured properly, great for search engine optimization. WordPress also gives you the ability to create a ‘website of websites’ or your own network of sites, on a single installation. You can find the official networking explanation of WordPress Multisite here. We will
SEO is not just something that you do through a keyboard. There are many offline tactics and actions you can take that may help with your website’s search engine visibility. Registered Trademark: Kansas City SEO® 1. Register your trademarks with the USPTO. While there is no data or study correlating higher organic rankings with trademark registration, there is substantial data and many
I have some wish list items for Webmaster Tools and G+, some things I would love to see as new free features, but would gladly pay for nonetheless: 1. Please let me moderate new incoming links (as a non-default option): Holy Cow – what an awesome option this would be to have in Webmaster Tools!!! Give site owners the option to moderate all new incoming links – i.e. hold new links in a su
Members of SMCKC, What a year for SMCKC 2015 is turning out to be! Between 100+ member breakfasts and our first-ever AMPS awards, SMCKC is starting the year off with some amazing content. Thanks a ton to everyone who was able to join us for the AMPS in February. We have some exceptionally talented social media professionals in Kansas City putting together campaigns that are among the best in the
Kansas City is home to several amazing brands doing some pretty cool things. Do you work for one of these brands? Enjoy talking about what you do and expressing your opinion on all things social? The SMCKC Brands Roundtable is the place for you. This group will meet on a quarterly basis. Topics may include: What's going on with your brands Questions, comments, concerns regarding social media mar
Maybe winning an AMPS award won't necessarily bring you fame and fortune, but it may bring you the recognition you need as a leader in social media marketing. With our extended deadline approaching Friday, I'd like to put out one last call for AMPS submissions! If you're an agency, business, or non-profit/government org that has run a campaign in social during 2014, entering to be recognized take
Well this is kind of awkward.. When planning our first ever AMPS awards, recognizing locally created Social Media campaigns, we wanted to make sure that we left agencies/companies/individuals plenty of time to submit. The first of December sounded great! Unfortunately we didn't foresee how much the late Turkey Day holiday would disrupt these submissions. With that, we've received quite a few
We’ve heard some feedback that as you’re preparing your award-winning campaign submissions, you may want to see ALL fields from the entire submission form (without having to enter partial data in the required fields). Your wish is our command! Below, you’ll see the entire submission process for the 2015 AMPS Awards. Feel free to use this as a template to prep your submissions before you ente
Kansas City small business owners need your help marketing their businesses. The Social Media Club of Kansas City is providing support to SCORE, an organization that provides resources and expertise to help existing and emerging small businesses. SCORE’s clients are entrepreneurs running local businesses of a wide variety - from brick and mortar storefronts to services and even consulting compan
WESTPORT, Conn., May 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Creating new markets, driving business value, and engaging customers in a highly-dynamic global economy is requiring CIOs to identify new ways for their businesses to become more agile and innovative. CIOs and other industry thought...
WASHINGTON, May 28, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2015/Kaldis-Coffee-Roasting-Recalls-Cup-Sleeves/ Recall Summary Name of Product: Disposable Cup Sleeves Hazard: The cup sleeve can ignite if used in a microwave, posing a...
OAK BROOK, Ill., May 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Retail Properties of America, Inc. (NYSE:RPAI or the "Company") announced today that Fresh Thyme Farmers Market and Total Wine & More have both signed new leases at Manchester Meadows in Town and Country, Missouri. The 27,000...
ST. LOUIS, May 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- According to Enterprise Holdings, the largest car rental company in the world, most car rental customers still prefer to speak with an actual employee on the telephone to address their inquiries. Last year, Enterprise Holdings' contact...
GRANDVIEW, Mo., May 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- On May 27, 2015, the Board of Directors of NASB Financial, Inc. (OTCQX: NASB), declared a quarterly cash dividend on common stock of $0.20 per share, which will be paid on June 26, 2015, to stockholders of record June 12, 2015. ...
ST. LOUIS, May 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Fewer than one in four teens say "taking on too much debt" is their top worry about paying for college, according to the findings released today from the third annual "Teen College Savings Barometer," released by Private College 529 PlanSM , a...
MISSION, Kan., May 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- (Family Features) As the school year comes to a close, it's up to parents to make sure their kids' summers are filled with opportunities for them to stay active. Summer programs and sports leagues are great, but they often require expensive...
OVERLAND PARK, Kan., May 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- QTS Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: QTS), one of the nation's largest and fastest-growing providers of data center facilities and cloud services, announced today that Company management will be presenting at REITWeek 2015: NAREIT's...
MISSION WOODS, Kan., May 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Palmer Square Capital Management, an investment management firm that provides structured credit, corporate credit and hedge fund strategies such as long/short credit to a wide range of investors, today announced that it has closed on...
OVERLAND PARK, Kan., May 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- QTS Realty Trust (NYSE: QTS), a leading provider of data center facilities, cloud and managed services, announced today that it will host its second annual Information Security & Compliance Forum from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m....
MISSION, Kan., May 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- (Family Features) If summertime brings visions of fresh fruity flavors to mind, remember that what you eat has an impact on the health and beauty of your skin. Choose your fruit wisely and enjoy the bonus benefits of skin-supporting...
WICHITA, Kan., May 27, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- American Red Cross workers who collect blood throughout the state of Kansas have voted overwhelmingly, 64-13, to join Teamsters Local 795 in Wichita, Kan. There are 91 workers in the bargaining unit. Stephanie Daniels, a three-year...
In the old days, SEO consisted primarily of optimizing web pages and meta data for keywords, and obtaining as many inbound backlinks as possible, regardless of their relevancy or the quality of the linking sites. Google’s advanced webpspam fighting technologies – primarily the Panda & Penguin updates – have things have changed dramatically. Web videos including those posted o
Whether you are a small or large business owner, hiring an SEO firm is something that should be approached carefully. Not all firms are created equal, not all have integrity, and certainly not all are capable of producing results. Search engine optimization is essential for helping companies get found in the search engine results pages for their most important search terms or keywords, but choosin
There always seems to be a lot of speculation, or ranting to put it mildly, when Google pushes out major algorithm updates. Many SEO’s have suggested that Google constantly shuffles the ranking deck to make AdWords more appealing to business owners. In other words the perceived message is that if organic search engine rankings are getting harder and harder to achieve – since Google is ma
Pay per click advertising harnesses the power of the search engines to make your site more visible. When you put your site up on the Internet, you may opt to participate in pay per click advertising. With this, you place ads on sites like Google; they appear at the top of search engine listings and on the sides, so that they are instantly recognizable. You are instantly more visible through the ad
We said it: Successful SEO campaigns are no longer built around link building. In the near future, every business that successfully gains rank online will achieve organic ranking success with well-written, relevant and creative content. Sustainable, long-term SEO campaigns that work will not be the result of SEO short-cuts – at least not anymore. Even will this year’s heavy-handed search eng
Seeking experienced Ruby on Rails developer for crowdsourcing startup project. This is an interesting opportunity to work with an early stage startup with a high-profile investor. Must be based in Kansas City. This role is primarily as to evaluate, test, improve and optimize current pre-launch web application. You would essentially be a startup CTO type role, that would both manage a small team of
Human beings have evolved to be very visually driven creatures. Think about having a phone call with a stranger versus a Skype chat? It’s uncomfortable, right? Because you’re missing out on vital visual cues, those subtle tics and other types of body language we use to communicate every single day. I would venture to guess that our ability to visually decipher information—our brains processe
IT professionals share the same nightmare. After a productive and normal day at work, you head home, hang out with the family, then ultimately call it a day and roll into bed. But in the wee hours, your CIO (chief information officer) calls in a panic with the dreaded words, “There’s been a privacy breach.” Cue the cold sweats. The occurrence of data breaches is becoming all too commonplace,
With the much anticipated launch of their Instant Articles initiative, Facebook is removing yet another reason for us to ever leave the Facebook stream and, in the process changing the publishing landscape in ways that we could barely have imagined just a few years ago. If you missed the launch, Instant Articles is a new tool that enables publishers, (limited to a select few initially), to publish
Unless you’ve been living in a cave this past week, you know that Wednesday marked the end of David Letterman’s legendary run as the host of The Late Show on CBS, closing those famous curtains for the last time after an almost unheard of (in today’s TV land, anyhow) 33 year career. I don’t know about you, but I grew up with Letterman and remember well his break out late night show on NBC.
With the growth of personal blogs, social media, and other online media, there has been a rapid rise in the number of individuals both within management, and the rank and file of organizations, who are building, and seeking to build, substantial online reputations. However, many companies aren’t necessarily looking at social media as a platform for individuals to build brands, but rather as a ch
I’m pretty sure no CIO or chief marketing officer (CMO) would argue this fact: As digital technology has evolved, the worlds of IT and marketing have become even more complicated and intertwined. What were once separate functions in organizations, particularly large ones, have increased in complexity. Silos are falling, digital technology is no longer the sole bastion of the IT department, and a
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