The SPN job board is sponsored by Hudl. Hudl is looking for great designers, developers and project managers. Know one? Hit them up: hudl.com/jobs. Every week, Silicon Prairie News presents opportunities in the region’s tech, startup and creative community. From a contract job to a co-founder role, these jobs are submitted by companies and gathered from public postings. To submit a job lis
OMAHA—BuilderTREND, a construction software startup that began in 2006, has grown up. The company moved into a new two story office earlier this fall and held an open house for the public Thursday where more than 300 people toured its new digs. BuilderTREND’s software allows homebuilders to organize and communicate about their projects with client-homeowners, subcontractors, bankers and other
It’s a concept that’s been brought up on and off for months now: What if a bus existed to help shuttle entrepreneurs from across the state to different events? Then during his I/OWA conference talk Iowa Startup Accelerator organizer Eric Engelmann mentioned something about a startup bus, and just like that there was an Iowa Startup Bus Twitter account. Now the wheels are turning to
A few weeks ago Des Moines community member Ben McDougal traveled to Boulder, Colo., to see Des Moines startup Bawte pitch at Techstars Boulder Demo Day. McDougal spent slightly more than 24 hours in Colorado and wrote about the experience of his first Techstars Demo Day for SPN. About the author: Ben McDougal is the Marketing Director at Drake Homes, the CEO of Jet Set Studio, and an energized b
LINCOLN—More than 100 people turned out for a mid-week crawl of local tech startups in Lincoln Wednesday. The event, part of Lincoln Startup Week, aimed to show off offices of local startups like Hudl, Ebbeka Design and Nobl. Another dozen or so startups had tables setup at the Mill Coffee in the Haymarket. Visitors, including University of Nebraska-Lincoln students and curious outsiders, tour
SPN writer Julia Hogren took some time to chat with Big Kansas City speaker Eric Schweikardt, CEO of Modular Robotics: Your company, Modular Robotics, creates robot toys for kids. But as you mentioned at Big Kansas City, “robotics” can seem like a scary, corporate word. It’s definitely a scary word for people, which is funny because “robotics” is in our company name yet we make toy
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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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...
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This is a recap of a list funny and sleazy things heard or read by a boutique web design company in Kansas City. This list was originally published on a Google Plus post here.1. As self-proclaimed local...
WordPress is the most popular open source content management system (CMS) in the world today. It is used by around 25% of all new websites, and there are more than 27 thousand plugins currently available.It is common knowledge...
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
A version of this article was originally posted on PoliticoPro. Sixteen technology industry groups sent a letter last week warning House and Senate leaders that failing to extend the Export-Import Bank’s charter beyond Sept. 30 will undermine their sales and “the ripple effects will spread all the way down the supply chain to even the smallest companies.” Burberry Scarf Burberry
Six tech industry leaders announced last week the License on Transfer (LOT) Network, a collaborative agreement that targets harmful patent trolls. Google, Canon, Dropbox, Asana, Newegg and SAP, which collectively represent 300,000 patent assets, joined forces to address the growing industry problem of patent litigation and Michael Kors Handbags patent privateering. Read more about the LOT Network
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. Sporting Innovations Lands Pac-12 Partnership – Kansas City Business Journal Ticket Solutions and VeriShip Choose Stackify for DevOps Insight – Digital Journal Silicon Prairie News Ann
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Baldwin City Signal | By Elvyn Jones Those attending the launch of RG Fiber’s gigabit service Wednesday on the Baker University campus were told that when the service comes online next spring it would herald a new era in telecommunications for the community. “We’ll be able to send data and information at the speed of light,” said Mike Bosch, CEO of RG Fiber’s parent company Reflectiv
The Pipeline Entrepreneurial Fellowship announced today that the College of Arts and Science at the University of Missouri-Coumbia will join its entrepreneurial region, allowing, for the first time, any qualified entrepreneur with substantial affiliation to the University of Missouri-Columbia to apply to become a Pipeline Fellow. This announcement follows on the heels of Pipeline’s announceme
Pipeline Member presented an update to the 1 Million Cups crowd on his company, Farmobile. To watch the recording, click here.
St. Louis Business Journal | By Brian Feldt Nanopore Diagnostics and ViFlex, two St. Louis-area startup companies, were named winners of the first-ever Suren G. Dutia and Jas K. Grewal Global Impact Award. The award, created last year with a $1.02 million donation from Washington University graduates Dutia and Grewal (husband and wife), gives money to Washington University-affiliated entrepreneu
Thank you for visiting the Think Big Partners Blog. In an effort to simplify, we’ve moved this blog in-house to www.thinkbigpartners.com/blog. Feel free to read through our posts here, or join us over on the new blog for the latest news, thought leadership and great advice for entrepreneurs. Thanks for visiting!Sincerely, Think Big Partners
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
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 .
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
Amazing 1 Shot is a Kansas City health supplement startup with a unique delivery system for providing good tasting probiotic drinks in a shake-and-drink bottle. Amazing 1-Shot is in fact the first supplement product line in North America to use “the New Shaker”. The New Shaker is a bottle that allows consumers to mix the […] The post Amazing 1 Shot appeared first on .
Muisc House School provides all types of music lessons to all ages of children. In terms of music lesson classes offered, Music House School provides voice lessons, piano lessons, drum lessons and bass & guitar lessons in Kansas City. The school, with two locations in Johnson County, also provides summer camps, band workshops, kid classes […] The post Music House School appeared fir
The better a small business owner understands the numbers of her or his business, the better that business should perform. “The Art of Startup Finance,” the latest Kauffman Founders School online education series, hopes to help entrepreneurs by offering them tactics and strategies to make the best financial decisions to grow their businesses. The weekly video series consists of nine modules ho
The InnoTech Technology & Innovation Conference will come to Kansas City for the first time on Nov. 19 at the Overland Park Convention Center. The daylong event will offer education, innovation, peer-to-peer networking and advanced technology and business solutions for IT professionals interested in connecting, sharing ideas and learning from each other. One of the highlights will be a Women i
Maintaining balance between career and family with a devoted life partner is a winning formula for many women in business, according to former first daughter and NBC-TV “Today Show” contributing correspondent Jenna Bush Hager. Bush chatted with Thinking Bigger Business shortly before going onstage to deliver the keynote speech at the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) 65th National
This week’s 1 Million Cups at the Kauffman Foundation featured startup pitches for a mobile app sales tool and a social commerce lifestyle brand for young women. The guest panel of startup questioners consisted of Ryan Weber, president of KCnext; Tina Peterson, a manager at the Sprint Accelerator; and Lance Windholz, a 1 Million Cups organizer and entrepreneur. CallOnTheGo at 1 Million Cups Mark
Carol Wei, president of the Mid-America Asian Culture Association, is earning regional and national attention for her work. Wei was recognized as a 2014 Small Business Influencer in the leadership category of the Small Business Influencer Awards, sponsored by Small Business Trends, a national online publication for entrepreneurs and community leaders. The Small Business Influencer Awards are prese
The entrepreneurial battle lines are being drawn as startup companies around the world prepare to compete in more than 250 Global Startup Battle (GSB) events. That includes the 10th Kansas City Startup Weekend (KCSW) on Nov. 14-16 at the Sprint Accelerator, 210 W. 19th Terrace in Kansas City, Mo. To help local startups get ready to rock, there will be two different evening boot camps leading up to
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
digiSTORY 2014 was all about how to tell a brand’s story through digital marketing. We got to hear from well-known professionals like Paul Debevec, USC Chief Visual Officer responsible for the oh-so-realistic digitized versions of actors in films such as Avatar, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and Maleficent; Bob Johansen, futurist from Institute for the Future and author of The Reciprocit
WELL LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING, BROTHER…I'm seriously excited about November’s breakfast with World Wrestling Entertainment. My excitement is two fold 1) I grew up watching wrestling with my dad and 2) they are killing it in the social realm. Think you can't learn something from this breakfast? Let me give you a little attitude adjustment. We can learn a lot from WWE and I’m not talking abou
You've seen the hashtag, you've heard the announcements, maybe you helped decide the name but what IS #AMPSKC?! On February 5th, 2015 Social Media Club of Kansas City will host our first award show, The Amps. SMCKC is one of the biggest and best (#IMHO #humblebrag) chapters in the country and our membership produces stellar work; we wanted to take the opportunity to recognize your achievements.
I had no idea that teaching other teachers to use Instagram was high on the professional development list for District 500 in Kansas City, KS. I was even more surprised to find out why. It wasn't intended to engage students or somehow make school more fun or relevant for the kids. It turns out that, in some schools, it's a much more effective way to share test results and other graded assignments
The following post was written by Kristin Magette, one of the panelists at our September breakfast. Kristin is director of communications for Eudora Schools, where she has helped lead the district-wide use of social media for teaching, learning, and communication. She's also an executive officer with the Kansas School Public Relations Association. Her book, Embracing Social Media: A Practical Gui
Keeping with the theme of education, SMCKC is hosting a book drive at our September breakfast to help support Turn the Page KC. You can contribute by bringing new books for children ages 0 to 8 years old to Grand Street Cafe on Friday, September 5 at 7:30am. Turn the Page KC will distribute the books to K-3 reading centers at after school programs in Kansas City, MO and also to parents of children
PITTSBURGH, Oct. 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- DICK'S Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS), the largest U.S. based full-line omni-channel sporting goods retailer, will be opening its 14th store in Missouri and 597th store nationwide on Friday, October 31st at Wentzville Crossing (1866 Wentzville...
NEW YORK, Oct. 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- David Yurman, America's premier fine jewelry and timepiece designer, is pleased to announce the opening of its boutique in St. Louis, Missouri, on October 31, 2014. Created by the brand's in-house design team, the 1,520 square-foot...
KANSAS CITY, Mo., Oct. 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Dream Big America (www.DreamBigAmerica.us), powered by Sprint (www.Sprint.com), announced that Darn Good Yarn, a veteran-founded social startup, secured the highest number of votes in the monthly, bracket-style competition and is...
KANSAS CITY, Mo., Oct. 31, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Workers and their families can now request Employee Assistance Program (EAP) services online from the privacy and convenience of their personal electronic devices. New Directions Behavioral Health® (New Directions) has...
ST. LOUIS, Oct. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- FMN International (Twitter: @FMNGlobal), a leading third party logistics (3PL) provider, today announced that for the third consecutive year, FMN has been named a recipient of the National Defense Transportation Association's Distinguished Service...
ST. LOUIS, Oct. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Centene Corporation (NYSE: CNC) announced today it will present at the Credit Suisse 2014 Healthcare Conference, to be held from November 10-13, 2014, at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix, AZ. Centene's presentation is scheduled for...
SHAWNEE MISSION, Kan., Oct. 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The following is a report of earnings for Seaboard Corporation (NYSE MKT symbol: SEB) with offices at 9000 West 67th Street, Shawnee Mission, Kansas 66202, (the "Company"), for the three and nine months ended September 27, 2014 and...
WICHITA, Kan., Oct. 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Spirit AeroSystems Holdings, Inc. [NYSE: SPR] reported third quarter 2014 financial results reflecting continued healthy demand for large commercial aircraft and strong mature program operating performance. Spirit's third quarter 2014...
TOPEKA, Kan., Oct. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Capitol Federal® Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: CFFN) (the "Company") announced results today for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2014. Detailed results will be available in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year...
TOPEKA, Kan., Oct. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Capitol Federal® Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: CFFN) (the "Company") announced today that its Board of Directors has declared a special year-end cash dividend of $0.26 per share on outstanding CFFN common stock. The special year-end cash...
KANSAS CITY, MO., Oct. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- DST Systems, Inc. (NYSE: DST) (the "Company") today announced that on October 24, 2014, its Board of Directors (the "Board") approved two amendments to the Company's Certificate of Incorporation (the "Charter"). One amendment would...
OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Oct. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- QTS Realty Trust, Inc. ("QTS" or the "Company") (NYSE: QTS) today announced operating results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2014. The Company completed its initial public offering on October 15, 2013, pursuant...
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
B2B businesses spend a bunch of money on tech tools to ensure success–but how effective are they? My friend Mac Mcintosh of AcquireB2B has published a report based on a recent study by Sirius Decisions that discusses how implementation of a Marketing Automation Platform (MAP) is likely to fail in the absence of a structured process and relevant skills. We have conversations with clients all
One of the most profound changes in the wake of the explosion of digital technology has been in the relationship between brands and the media. With a broad spectrum of opportunities for self-publishing and distribution available to companies and organizations, the old days of finding a friendly journalist to promote your press release are fading in the memory. Instead brand advocates have the mean
There’s a lot of cool stuff going on the Interwebs this week that you might want to know about. Twitter moves to potentially kill the password and opens up interface in a way that might surprise you moving forward, Facebook rolls out anonymous Rooms platform, where you can share messages, videos, images and conversations with a select group of people, anonymously if you so choose. Google changes
If you tend to use Facebook on your mobile device more than on the web interface (which most people do), you may have noticed something new when you share a story from pages you like on your timeline. I was fooling around on Facebook on my device the other day and noticed this, so I thought I would share it When a user shares a post from a Facebook page, the confirmation screen now displays addit
If you’re using video as a part of your integrated marketing strategy (and if you’re not please start), you might have been focusing on YouTube instead of Facebook. That needs to change. Facebook is nipping at YouTube’s heels when it comes to video views, and chances are good that’s not changing any time soon. Facebook’s autoplay feature that plays with the sound off is a big reason for
CEOs who get the role social media can play in terms of brand image, relationship building, and showing the human side of business are a rarity. While their numbers are slowly increasing, the majority of CEOs (and many of their colleagues in the C-Suite in general) are still largely ignoring social media as a viable communications channel. The third Annual Social CEO report from Domo and CEO.com t