LINCOLN—Leave it to Lincoln-based youth marketing firm Archrival to get an inflatable hot dog, ridiculous mustaches, monster trucks and stallions into a commercial for hard apple cider. The post Archrival campaign for Mike’s Smashed Apple Ale passes 1M views appeared first on Silicon Prairie News.
LINCOLN—Do you remember those trapezoid tables from elementary school? The ones that were three feet tall and covered in laminate? Those memorable tables were the design inspiration when architect-turned-furniture-designer Jeff Scott faced a daunting task… The post Werk: Why two architects quit their full-time jobs to design office furniture appeared first on Silicon Prairie News.
DES MOINES—Almost a year ago, Social Money launched a private beta of CorePro, its first open API product. The core processing system that helps businesses and developers integrate savings accounts into online and mobile platforms. The post Social Money launches CoreSaver targeted at community banks appeared first on Silicon Prairie News.
Dwolla founder and CEO Ben Milne took the stage at Sibos in Boston Tuesday morning and announced that the company has raised $9.7 million in funding led by strategic investor, the CME Group. The post Dwolla announces strategic $9.7M investment led by CME Group appeared first on Silicon Prairie News.
With the kickoff for the second Rise of the Rest Road Trip less than a week away, the finalists with a chance at $100,000 have been announced in each of the tour's five cities. The post Rise of the Rest finalists announced for Des Moines, Kansas City appeared first on Silicon Prairie News.
OMAHA—Kody Schrader knows community. Growing up in Alma, Neb., a town of 1,100 along the Nebraska-Kansas border, Schrader knew everyone. And he still knows the importance of connections. The post The Greater Omaha Chamber has its new entrepreneurial director appeared first on Silicon Prairie News.
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
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...
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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. 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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PCWorld | By Fred O’Connor When Abby Cohen and Andrew Brimer decided to locate their health IT startup, Sparo Labs, in St. Louis, neither one considered a Midwest location as a challenge to attracting top technology workers. “You can grow a great company anywhere as long as you can get the right people as part of your team,” said Cohen, whose company is developing hardware and software
To be successful in business, rural entrepreneurs need to develop not just a business plan to capitalize on market opportunity but a compelling business story and many places to share it. The two guest speakers for this webinar will be Lori Iannou and Joni Cobb. Lori is a Senior Editor at CNBC.com, and Joni is CEO of the Pipeline Entrepreneurial Fellowship. To register for the Webinar, click he
Something familiar will happen to you tonight. You’ll sit down on your couch, go to turn on the TV — and curse. Probably loudly. Those remotes, all five or more, are strewn about your living room. Under a bag of chips, between the couch cushions — or who knows where. Your remotes just don’t behave. You could suffer this indignity indefinitely, or you could just get a Blumoo. Hardware Solid
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September 5 – Sparo Labs announced today that it has closed a $1.25M seed round of funding, led by several angel investors in Michigan as well as a few angels in New York and St. Louis. To learn more about Sparo Labs, click here.
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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
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KC Music, a full-service music store, will hold its grand opening from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday at 6506 N.W. Prairie View Road in Kansas City North—along with a scheduled appearance by rock legend Todd Rundgren. The event will include prizes, giveaways, a silent charity auction and the appearance from Rundgren, who will perform as a member of Ringo Starr’s All-Star Band that evening at Starligh
Startups are responsible for nearly all new net job creation and almost 20 percent of gross job creation in America, according to a new Entrepreneurship Policy Digest released by the Kauffman Foundation. Still, according to U.S. Census data, startup activity has declined since the late 1970s, when new companies made up 16 percent of all firms, compared to just 8 percent in 2011. The Entrepreneursh
The inaugural EMPOWER Business Awards were presented this week by the Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation. And the winners are: Plowboys Barbeque, Entrepreneur of the Year Foster Dental Care, Small Business of the Year Fike Corporation, Large Business of the Year Lyle Shaver, Civic Leader of the Year “Our EMPOWER Awards founding task-force members did a wonderful job getting th
The state of Kansas has launched a website to help Kansas businesses better capitalize on the reshoring movement, which seeks to bring jobs lost overseas back to America. TheKansasEdge.com highlights the appeal of small and medium-sized supply chain companies in the state, and includes a database of Kansas suppliers that manufacturing companies in Kansas and elsewhere can use to make sourcing deci
Blooom, an Overland Park-based company, took home a “Best in Show” honor from this fall’s Finovate conference, which showcases startups in the financial and banking sectors. Blooom offers a service that helps users analyze and maximize their 401(k) plans. Its founders include Chris Costello, Kevin Conard and Randy Aufderheide. The Best in Show awards were based on the votes of attendees. Fin
The Northeast Johnson County Chamber of Commerce has unveiled the finalists for its 2014 Business Awards. Chamber members can vote on the nominees through Sept. 30. The winners will be recognized during the chamber’s annual gala on Nov. 22 at the Overland Park Marriott. This year’s nominees include … Corporate Business of the Year BRGR KCP&L Mainstreet Credit Union Sharon Lane Health Ser
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
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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
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
SMCKC is excited announce we’re on a new social platform, and it is one built right here in KC. Knoda, whose co-founder Kyle Rogers is a SMCKC member, is a prediction-based app and website used to track predictions for anything from sporting events to awards shows to reality show outcomes. Rogers and his co-founder James Flexman showed off their app back in April at our first-ever Appy hour, and
Thank you to all SMCKC members who came out to our July brainstorming breakfast with Wayside Waifs. It was a smaller, more intimate event and everyone played an important role in generating ideas for Wayside to encourage pet adoptions through social media. We divided into small groups and came up with the following ideas and suggestions: Generating content: Pet finder mobile app Use social med
WASHINGTON, Sept. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Small Business Administration announced today its support for entrepreneurial ecosystem development in eight communities through "ScaleUp America." This new initiative is designed to provide the...
SHAKOPEE, Minn. and ST. LOUIS, Sept. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Minnesota based Rat Rod Magazine announces the launch of Raw Bike Magazine later this year. This new national newsstand title will be dedicated entirely to the blue-collar, home-built motorcycle enthusiast - something...
ST. LOUIS, Sept. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Whether we're heading out for a simple change of scenery… hitting the road to see the changing fall colors… or donning our school colors for some football and tailgating, autumn is a prime season for weekend getaways. And, according to...
ST. CHARLES, Mo., Sept. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In 1988, President Ronald Reagan designated October as Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month – an action that launched the Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Movement. Although over a quarter century has passed, this...
ST. LOUIS, Sept. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Internet radio and digital broadcast platform provider StationDigital Corporation (OTCQB: SDIG) today announced it has become a member of the ng Connect Program, the multi-industry open innovation ecosystem founded by Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext...
ST. LOUIS, Sept. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- ISTO Technologies, Inc., a privately-held regenerative medicine company, announced today announced that Mitchell Seyedin, Ph.D., the Company's Executive Chairman, will present at the 4th Annual Partnering Forum, part of the Stem Cell Meeting...
BELLEVUE, Wash. and OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Sept. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Cornerstone Advisors, Inc. today announced its selection of National Advisors Trust Company (NATC), the nation's largest independent Registered Investment Advisor (RIA)-owned trust company, to implement NATC's...
WICHITA, Kan., Sept. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- There's a new website drawing attention to the growing problem of toxic compounds in gasoline, with a call to action for the EPA to regulate some of the most harmful components in our fuel. According to Urban Air Initiative President David...
OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Sept. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- QTS Realty Trust (NYSE: QTS), one of the nation's largest and fastest-growing providers of data center facilities and managed services, and a leader in security and compliance, offers its newest disaster recovery (DR) solution, QTS...
KANSAS CITY, Kan., Sept. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The following statement is being issued by Motley Rice LLC and Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP regarding the Bennett vs. Sprint Nextel Corporation case, Civil Action No. 2:09-cv-02122-EFM-KMH. A class action lawsuit about the price...
SHAWNEE MISSION, Kan., Sept. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Seaboard Corporation (NYSE MKT: "SEB") announced today Triumph Foods purchased a 50 percent ownership in Daily's Premium Meats, the processed meats division of Seaboard Foods, which produces and markets raw and precooked bacon,...
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Chemistry Council (ACC) announced today that it will be launching radio advertisements commending Senator Pat Roberts for his leadership in the U.S. Senate and endorsing his re-election. "Senator Roberts is the...
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
At this point you’re in serious denial if you aren’t practicing some form of content marketing (most of us spend over a quarter of our marketing budget on it). And while we’re all told how important it is, there are days we ask ourselves: is it really worth it? A new study from Captora finds that all the hard work does pay off: 61% of consumers prefer companies with custom online content (t
YouTube is tops when it comes to paid advertising on social media platforms, including introducing new products to customers, as well as helping them to make purchase decisions, according to a recent study by AOL Platforms. The report examined data during the first quarter of 2014, where social purchase interactions were tracked through Convertro’s attribution technology. This was used to determ
Hello Ello, Facebook readies ad platform, Zombies kicking cancer’s butt and other goings on online this week that you might want to know about. Let’s go. Industry Consumer Reports Says Americans Are Ready to Shop Again After years of worrying about the economy and just keeping a job, most consumers are feeling a little more willing to spend, albeit not going crazy on luxuries according to a su
One of the biggest things that companies of all sizes struggle with today is getting a handle on data. Most have more data than they know what to do with. Yet breaking it down, filtering out the noise, segmenting what you need, and figuring out what delivers value from the crap – that’s no easy undertaking. Another huge problem is that the marketing department hasn’t evolved and budgets have
With mobile apps seemingly taking over the world, the U.S. population now spends 52% of its “digital time” on mobile apps, according to Comscore’s recently published The U.S. Mobile App Report. The supporting data in the Comscore report probably comes as no surprise: sit in an airport for thirty minutes for an overview of what digital consumption is. Grandmothers have their noses in devic
Ahh, the weekend. For me, that means soccer games (and finding wayward soccer gear), volleyball games (and finding wayward volleyball gear), bike riding, and laundry. Always laundry. I’m sure that parents who read this blog can relate. Here’s what happened in the digital world this last week that you might want to know about. Industry Mobile Video Viewers Increased 400 Percent Over The Past Tw