OVERLAND PARK, Kan.—Boutique Window, an online marketing and social media platform founded in 2012 in Lincoln, on Monday announced it had been acquired by Retail Success out of Overland Park, Kan. The startup’s goal has been to help merchants market themselves efficiently online through a one-stop platform of social media, email marketing and e-commerce tools. It provides a large library
OMAHA—On Monday HealthInterlink, a medical software company focused on remote patient monitoring, was acquired by Welch Allyn, Inc., a leading medical diagnostic device company headquartered in Skaneateles Falls, NY. HealthInterlink’s software incorporates wireless patient monitoring devices with mobile devices to transmit medical data like vital signs and answers to patient care pla
The Cub Scouts met in the Kansas City Startup Village to learn more about entrepreneurship. KANSAS CITY—On Nov. 22, a small group of Kansas City area Cub Scouts got a chance to learn a little about what it means to be an entrepreneur. “I was really impressed with the kind of program they got together,” said John Kreicbergs, president of Kid Rocket Studios, a children’s entertainment com
Omaha-based Grain & Mortar created a holiday-themed “thank you” for the University of Nebraska. Every Monday Silicon Prairie News’ editorial team will share some of the interesting regional content we’ve read as well as SPN’s most-read stories into a weekly recap. SPN’s most-read stories from last week “Men’s Style Lab announces $1.85M angel inves
It’s been six and a half years since I discovered firsthand what our community had that was unique. I was still traveling between coasts and everywhere in between and every time I came home I met someone else who was focused on building something they were passionate about. Soon after—as many of you who’ve been along for the ride since Day 1 know—I realized the energy and ideas weren’t
We all know that company culture is more than grabbing drinks after work and the occasional NERF gun battle, but for the Des Moines-based Bunchball team those are both important components. For the Iowa team of the California-headquartered gamification company, creating a positive company culture and building a team from one remote employee to six has been a conscious and thoughtful process. On
If you’re wondering how ruthless the Kansas City technology hiring scene is, hang out at Perceptive Software LLC’s headquarters for a while. You’ll see competitors show off job announcements on signs attached to airplanes buzzing over, or trucks whizzing past, the Shawnee building. Touché, Perceptive recruiters might say. They’re notorious for well-placed help-wanted billboards around K
Oct. 18 is my last day on the technology beat at the Kansas City Business Journal, making this a farewell entry of sorts (#bittersweet). It’s been a wild ride for the past two and a half years, spanning the ups and downs of Kansas City’s largest and smallest technology companies. I began the beat covering Sprint Nextel Corp., but I’m ending my tenure with Sprint Corp. on the heels of a nine
Internet service provider Computers & Tele-Comm Inc. has landed one of its largest-ever contracts with Block Real Estate Services LLC. The Kansas City-based ISP announced the deal Tuesday, saying it "represents the largest cloud services recurring revenue account" in CTC's history. The services agreement, which provides high-speed fiber Internet connectivity, data hosting and other wireless
Rachael Qualls’ story is the account of an investor-turned-entrepreneur who is retracing her Kansas City roots. After graduating from the University of Kansas, she headed to Nashville to start a family and pursue a career in finance, but her path quickly veered into the life of a business owner. As the founder of seven firms, she is quite the serial entrepreneur. Her crown jewel is Angel Capital
Achieving the title of CTO at a big company is a dream job for many technologists. But Jeff Geheb walked away from the position at VML a year ago to lead tech efforts at a smaller marketing technology firm, Saepio Technologies Inc. Then on Oct. 7, Geheb rejoined VML as CTO. Read more here. Geheb elaborated in an interview: What was attractive about Saepio? I’d been at VML my whole career, whic
Google Fiber attempted to provide some clarification this week on its allegedly incoming small business product. But the messaging, which is similar to what we've heard from Google Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG) for more than a year, brought little clarity. "We will have more information about our small business product in the future," Michael Slinger, Google Fiber's director of business operations said in
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Each month, we round up the biggest stories about Kansas City’s technology industry and share them in our monthly newsletter. You can also find the headlines we’re tracking here on the NextTalk blog. EMFLUENCE HACKS NEW APIKC-based emfluence hosted a hackathon earlier this year to test its new API, in beta. Check out the four teams that competed and the apps they built using data from
KCnext – The Technology Council of Greater KC, hosted its annual Reverse Pitch event to a sold-out crowd at Union Station. [View the story "KC Reverse Pitch 2014" on Storify]
By this time, we all know that “There’s an app for that.” From shopping to fitness-tracking to time-killing games, if you can conjure it, chances are you can download it to your mobile device. As the mobile applications industry has evolved–from something Steve Jobs wanted nothing to do with to a soon-to-be $77 billion industry–so too have mobile app development firms
In September, KCnext hosted “Mobility’s Real ROI: Saving time and money in the field” in partnership with Tech Council member Engage Mobile. Engage Mobile has assembled a video recap of the event, combined with blog posts that delve deeper into the concepts discussed by the event panel, comprising Brice Jewell (Cerner), Randy Spivey (CrewTracker Software), Jeff Turano (Pyramid Ro
Each month, we round up the biggest stories about Kansas City’s technology industry and share them in our monthly newsletter. You can also find the headlines we’re tracking here on the NextTalk blog. KC newbie MindMixer raises $17M, aims to hire up to 100 – Kansas City Business Journal FishNet Security Expands Testing Capabilities With $5M Cloud-Based Lab – Power Engineering Overla
“Time is of the essence. Time is money.” Yadda, yadda, yadda. You’ve heard it all before. Every business leader is pressed for time in one way or another. So we’ll keep it quick: Here are three questions every CIO should ask their CISO, VP, Director or “Whatever” of Technology. Abercormbie and Fitch Abercormbie and Fitch uk Can you prove to me that we’ve
OsteoQC a company devoted to developing therapies for the treatment of bone-related diseases today announced the closing of seed financing round. Lumira Capital Investment Management via its Merck Lumira Biosciences Fund led the financing, which represents part of Lumira’s ongoing strategy to build early stage highly innovative health care technology companies with significant growth potent
Silicon Prairie News | By Megan Bannister On Wednesday, ABPathfinder announced a “significant Series A investment” led by FCA Venture Partners, a Nashville-based venture capital firm focused on health care. Previous ABPathfinder investor Dundee Venture Capital and Arkansas-based Tonic Fund also contributed to the round. Terms of the raise were not disclosed. “We continue to have strong acc
Wall Street Journal | By Jacob Bunge U.S. agricultural companies reached an agreement with farm groups on principles governing the companies’ use of crop data, a deal aimed at allaying privacy and information-security concerns as the Farm Belt embraces new technology. The first-of-its-kind accord, expected to be announced Thursday by the American Farm Bureau Federation, marks the biggest step ye
Moblico is excited to announce that we have launched a new app in partnership with VML and Gimbal that uses proximity and location-based technology and augmented reality to relive the historical moments of an iconic Kansas City landmark. New app, Living History, showcases the history of Kansas City’s Union Station [VML] Kansas City’s Union Station and marketing agency VML today announced the
AgWired.com | By Chuck Zimmerman We’re living in a mobile technology society and that’s so true of farmers today. Now farmers have a new technology to look at that will allow them to take advantage of all the data they’re creating in a new way. During the Develop with Deere conference this week I met Jason Tatge, Farmobile. Here’s Jason giving me a live demonstration on his tablet of what
Forbes | By David Lariviere A wearable technology for basketball that automatically tracks shot attempts will be on sale later this month. ShotTracker is comprised of three pieces — a net sensor, a wrist sensor, which slides into a wristband or compression sleeve, and an app that work together creating a personal shooting profile for each user. The sensors help players and coaches track and anal
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It’s a core belief at Think Big that entrepreneur is not so much a title, but a spirit. It’s a pulse that courses through the veins of a growing company. We know that behind every great company are people who embody this spirit, people who embrace change, face the unknown and are willing to try new things. We’re lucky enough to have a team of these people, and we’re happy to announce that
From the desk of Herb Sih, Managing Partner, Think Big Partners “The years teach much which the days never know.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson The changing of seasons is one of Mother Nature’s greatest inventions. As autumn leaves fall and tree branches begin to bare, it is a natural time to reflect on the year that has passed. It is often during this time, and the natural tendency to slow down
The application window for the next class of Think Big Accelerator companies will close on December 6th 2013. As our search for entrepreneurs with passion for taking big ideas and turning them into profitable and scalable companies continues, I sat down with Accelerator Director Blake Miller who addresses some of the most commonly asked questions of potential applicants.Should entrepreneurs wait
“The only thing that is constant is change.” - HereclitusThe great Greek philosopher Hereclitus is credited with this profound quote about change. Never before has this axiom been more important or relevant for Think Big Partners, or in our opinion, the world of entrepreneurship in general.A recent report by Babson and Baruch Colleges reveals a very thought-provoking statistic: The percentage
After the innovative unconference that is iKC, attendees headed over to the Alamo Drafthouse for the best part: the Closing Party by Google Fiber! As everyone took their first sips of liquid courage and snacked on delicious appetizers, the Closing Party kicked off with the Open Mic Awards. Attendees awarded each other things like who travelled the farthest for iKC to who tweeted the mo
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 .
We are a diverse team of highly entrepreneurial web developers and Internet marketing professionals. We have office space in Overland Park off of 135th and Metcalf, but we’ve found that the very best talent in our industry likes to work from home – not because they have to, because they CAN. This is the hallmark […] The post Job: Website Project Manager & Customer Support appeared f
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
This is a website we are very proud of – have you ever seen a local car wash website this cool? The owners came to us after another agency failed to deliver. Over 50% of our new business in 2014 has been rescue projects where the local web design company could not deliver, or the […] The post BigSplash Car Wash appeared first on .
This was a REALLY fun site to work on an our entire team loved it – and we are so proud of the outcome! While not our typical client, we have the creative talent in-house to deliver artistic, illustrative style websites that capture the imagination of the intended audience. Yet, while this website met the […] The post The Little Fig appeared first on .
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This week’s 1 Million Cups at the Kauffman Foundation featured startup pitches for a locally made hot sauce and a website aimed at the golf tournament planning industry. The guest panel of startup inquisitors consisted of Thad Langford, co-founder and managing partner of BlackOps Development; Monica McAtee, product manager at the Sprint Accelerator; and Jason Grill, founder of JGrill Media LLC.
Kansas City’s k12itc is now renting space in the Lakeside Technology Center in Chicago, the world’s largest data center—a move that should help the company better serve its clients. K12itc, a previous winner of 25 Under 25®, provides IT service and other solutions for school districts. The data expansion will let k12itc offer more services and work with more schools across the Midwest. The
Katy Dodd of LifeWise Renovations in Prairie Village has completed Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Small Businesses Program, which offers training and support services to growing companies. Dodd, LifeWise’s vice president of business development, attended the 10,000 Small Businesses Program at Babson College in Boston, where she received advice on how to optimize her company’s business model and acqui
SouveNEAR, which sells distinctive wares made by Kansas City artists, designers and makers, has unveiled its first vending machine at Kansas City International Airport. The SouveNEAR vending machine located at Terminal B at KCI offers jewelry, artwork, clothing and other easy-to-carry souvenirs from $2.50 to $40 each. “Finding meaningful souvenirs is always a challenge, especially when you’re
The Pipeline Entrepreneurial Fellowship has entered into a new three-year partnership with the University of Kansas. As an official sponsor of Pipeline, KU will help financially support the accelerator program. The two organizations will try to foster relationships between KU researchers and entrepreneurs, who could help translate the university’s research into products and services for the cons
Boulevard Brewing Company will continue its national expansion next year by beginning to distribute its beers to restaurants, bars and liquor stores in Ohio. The Buckeye State is just the latest new territory for Boulevard. In October, it added distribution in South Carolina, and that followed new partnerships in Florida, north New Jersey and the Philadelphia region. “Ohio is a great beer market
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
Is Google+ becoming the new 800 Pound Gorilla of search engine optimization? While there is still some debate regarding the degree of impact, it seems pretty clear that various signals from Google+ (aka G+ or Google Plus) help with search engine optimization. In fact, Authorship almost certainly has an impact on rankings and has an undeniable impact on search result pages – your headshot and f
This is a funny title considering it was written by an SEO consultant. It would be every SEO agency’s nightmare if all the companies around the world started doing SEO in-house. Truth be told, it’s possible for businesses to do much of their own search engine optimization. 2013 was a major turning point for SEO. Prior to last year, it was all about backlink accumulation. While high qua
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
The Communications Committee is looking for someone to help us with basic social media graphics about our events. SMCKC has three events each month that we'd like to have facebook and twitter graphics made for to increase visibility on social sites. The graphics should be sized correctly for the appropriate medium, but can take any creative path the creator would like. If you are interested, pleas
Everyone knows branding is important. But gone are the days when “Our product/service is great. You should buy it!” type ads were effective in getting customers in the door. It’s 2014 and consumers are slammed with tons of TV commercials, Internet ads, and billboards on a daily basis. “Buy this product because it’s awesome” just isn’t cutting it anymore. Even when it comes to buying
ST. LOUIS, Dec. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- At Laclede Gas, customer safety is our top priority. When the temperature drops, scams targeting heating customers increase. Laclede Gas reminds customers to be on alert and always call Laclede directly if you feel uncomfortable about a suspicious...
ST. LOUIS, Dec. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Enterprise Holdings today announced it has terminated the Master License Agreement that Europcar held to operate the National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands in many countries throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). ...
KANSAS CITY, Mo., Dec. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- This year, the elves at Lockton have been busy in their workshop analyzing yuletide risks from the classic holiday movie, "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation." A veritable nightmare for any insurance professional, this movie captures...
ST. LOUIS, Dec. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Live Nation today announced a multi-year agreement with Hollywood Casino, a casino owned and operated by Penn National Gaming, to become the new name-in-title sponsor of their popular amphitheatre located in Maryland Heights near St. Louis....
SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Dec. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Board of Directors of Great Southern Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:GSBC), the holding company for Great Southern Bank, declared a $0.20 per common share dividend for the fourth quarter of the calendar year ending December 31, 2014. ...
AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Dec. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Faurecia, North America's sixth-largest automotive supplier, today inaugurated its new automotive seating plant in Wentzville, Missouri. The facility represents a $13 million investment by Faurecia in the area to support its GM...
KANSAS CITY, Kan., Dec. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Aratana Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: PETX), a pet therapeutics company focused on the licensing, development and commercialization of innovative biopharmaceutical products for companion animals, today announced the initiation of the...
LEAWOOD, Kan., Dec. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Nueterra Global Alliance (NGA) is proud to announce it's raising the level of healthcare by expanding its international partnerships to include Canada. Mega Assistance Services, NGA's new Canadian ambassador, is facilitating access to top...
OLATHE, Kan., Dec. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Butler National Corporation (OTC Pink: BUKS), a leader in the growing global market for structural modification, maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) and a recognized provider of management services in...
LEAWOOD, Kan., Dec. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- On December 12th, 2014, the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri denied the FTC's request for a preliminary injunction, asset freeze and continuing appointment of a receiver. The Court lifted similar temporary...
OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Dec. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment has approved a process for Cascade Lacrosse to recertify the model R lacrosse helmet. NOCSAE revoked the Model R's certification in November after the...
OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Dec. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- QTS Realty Trust (NYSE: QTS), one of the nation's largest and fastest-growing providers of data center facilities and cloud services, has completed its annual American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) Service Organization Control 1 Type II...
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
Over the last two years, blogging has become one of the most important SEO ranking factors. Google does not want you to post all your best content on other platforms such as Facebook and Instagram. They want you to build value on your website. After you create a search engine friendly website with a content management system such as WordPress, your Kansas City business needs to consistently
Google’s penguin, spam-filtration algorithm received an update recently: coined “Penguin 2.1” by Google, but accepted as Penguin 5 by most internet users. Essentially, Penguin was released by Google as an algorithm which punishes websites using black-hat SEO tricks to improve ranks – namely by irrelevant link building. The release of Penguin 2.1 reflected a huge hit to a number of sites; c
Business end-users, becoming increasingly accustomed to online shopping in their personal lives, are increasingly bypassing the traditional procurement route and buying direct from B2B suppliers for their work-related requirements. That’s the surprising headline from a recent report and one that highlights a growing trend that throws up some interesting challenges and opportunities for B2B marke
It’s no surprise that mobile and our omnipresent devices are having a huge impact on the retail shopping experience. Mobile commerce sales are predicted to grow from $3 billion in 2010 to $31 billion in 2016. In fact, in today’s retail marketplace, mobilizing your web presence is pretty much table stakes. Another component of the mobile experience that’s becoming increasingly important is sc
If you’re like me, you’re still marveling that another year is almost coming to a close. Even though we’re in the midst of the holiday season and all the year-end craziness that inevitably ensues, there’s still lots of things going on that you might want to know about. Let’s get to it. Industry Internet Advertising to grow 15 percent in 2015 According to a new report from ZenithOptimedia
If I were to ask a simple question–how well do you know your customers–most of you would probably say that you do. At least, that’s what most marketers like to believe. However, in reality, there’s a growing disconnect between us and them – marketers and customers – our perceptions and their realities. Not making time, not making an effort, and sometimes even not knowing what w
“Facebook at work“ usually means a sneaky look at your News Feed when the boss isn’t around. But it seems we’ll soon see a new offering that could make the social network legit: Facebook at Work could not only make Facebook an essential part of your workday, it could also shake up the professional networking market TechCrunch revealed over the summer that, according to an insider, the comp
Sales leads can be elusive things. You can find a guru who will tell you anything you want to hear. If you believe Twitter is the answer to cancer, somebody will certainly confirm it. If Facebook rocks your socks off, you will wander the planet with stinky feet. Don’t even get me started on Pinterest. Although, if you have a lovely rhubarb pie recipe handy, I’d be forever grateful if you could