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
For the past few years, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, we’ve asked Silicon Prairie founders and entrepreneurs what they’re most thankful for. And we’ve had some great responses—from family and friends to founding teams and co-workers. But this year, we decided to put a slightly different spin on things. So we reached out to a group of community members and asked them what tool
It’s not hard to find a networking event or entrepreneur these days across the Silicon Prairie. But the organizers behind Kauffman’s FastTrac program wanted to put together an event for a demographic that isn’t always well served: female entrepreneurs. Last Wednesday as part of Kansas City’s Global Entrepreneurship Week events, FastTrac hosted an event geared toward female en
The Simple Connection team won the inaugural Startup Weekend Cedar Falls over the weekend. CEDAR FALLS, Iowa—Lately it seems like Iowa’s Cedar Valley is buzzing with activity. There have been beers enjoyed during Tech Brews, coffee sipped during 1 Million Cups and, on the heels of Up the Valley, the community’s first Startup Weekend Cedar Falls. “Kicking it off on Friday,
When it comes to building a business, one of the most frequently overlooked elements is fostering a positive company culture. For startups big and small, company culture is an element of the business that affects everything from the employees you hire and customers you attract to the business’ branding and vision for the future. Last Wednesday as part of Kansas City’s Global Entrepre
The HelloHive team developed a smart home temperature-monitoring system to win Startup Weekend KC. KANSAS CITY—On a chilly winter morning, it’s easy to understand the appeal of smart home technology. If the heat from the living room isn’t making it to your frosty bedroom, shouldn’t your home be able to automatically open vents and reroute the air flow? At least that’s t
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
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
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
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When the second class of the Sprint Accelerator starts work next year, its participating startups will be collaborating with one of the country’s largest health care organizations, Providence Health & Services. The accelerator works with companies that focus on mobile health solutions, making the program an ideal partner for Providence, which operates 34 hospitals in California, Oregon, Wash
Leo Morton, chancellor of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, has been named Kansas Citian of the Year by the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. Morton received the award during the chamber’s annual dinner on Tuesday night in the Kansas City Convention Center’s Grand Ballroom. “Leo is the epitome of civic and community leadership, and everything he does is done with grace and style
The Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce has awarded $5,000 to veterinarian Charity Vuagniaux of AniMed Animal Clinic in Blue Springs to be trained in animal acupuncture. Vuagniaux won the award by defeating five other small businesses in the chamber’s recent innovation competition for the best new idea to improve a Blue Springs business. Entries were judged by business school students from the Univ
Small Business Saturday encourages people to shop at small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. And Kansas City area merchants are planning to make it a special day. According to KCSourceLink, Small Business Saturday events and offerings will include: Waldo’s Holly Jolly Shopping Crawl // From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., more than 30 small businesses in Kansas City’s Waldo neighborhood—85t
Several small businesses were among the honorees at the 2014 Northeast Johnson County Chamber of Commerce Gala on Saturday night. The Small Business of the Year Award was shared by two businesses: The Barn Players in Mission // The Barn Players community theater has entertained audiences since 1955. Its acting alumni include several performers who have gone on to fame in Hollywood, such as Academ
Lee’s Summit’s Tricia Barbarick-Steffes, founder and CEO of Bellezze Alte, is seeking $20,000 in crowdfunding for her company’s exclusive line of clothing for tall women, the Madeline Lubrano Collection. To raise the money she needs to manufacture two new designs of maxi dresses, Barbarick-Steffes is utilizing the online crowdfunding platform Plum Alley, which supports female entrepreneurs.
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
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
At our town hall happy hour we had multiple requests for SMCKC gatherings that weren't all about learning or keeping up with the industry. The request was for events to just get to know other SMCKCers while having a bit of fun. In accordance with that request, let's play some trivia! Literacy KC is hosting a trivia night at Boulevard Brewery on Dec. 1. It is called Books, Brains & Boulevard
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
KANSAS CITY, Mo., Nov. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Today on Dream Big America (www.DreamBigAmerica.us), powered by Sprint (www.Sprint.com), three startup finalists pitched live on a nationally broadcasted radio show for their chance to become the November Dream Big Champion. The three...
WASHINGTON, Nov. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- In the aftermath of the grand jury decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. calls on the U.S. Department of...
ST. LOUIS, Nov. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Scott Steiger lives in St. Louis but has seen most of the world. As an engineer for the past 20 years, he's traveled extensively and prior to that, Steiger was a member of the military service. He's been to six of the seven continents. Travel is a...
WASHINGTON, Nov. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights by bipartisan majority vote today issued the following statement upon the completion of the work of the grand jury and the State of Missouri's decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the...
ST. LOUIS, Nov. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Don't believe everything that trends. The Budweiser Clydesdales are not going anywhere. "We are excited to see exactly how much the Clydesdales can still touch the hearts and minds of our passionate fan base," said Brian Perkins, vice president,...
FREEHOLD, N.J., Nov. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Monmouth Real Estate Investment Corporation (NYSE: MNR) today announced the acquisition of a brand new 158,417 square foot industrial building located at Skyport Industrial Park, 7503 NW 106th Terrace, Kansas City, MO at a purchase price...
KANSAS CITY, Kan., Nov. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Aratana Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: PETX), a pet therapeutics company focused on the licensing or acquisition, development and commercialization of innovative biopharmaceutical products for cats, dogs and other companion animals,...
TOPEKA, Kan., Nov. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Martindale-Hubbell® has confirmed that attorney Stanley R. Parker still maintains the AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell's highest possible rating for both ethical standards and legal ability, even after first achieving...
OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Nov. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment has voided the manufacturers' NOCSAE® certification for the Warrior Regulator and the Cascade Model R lacrosse helmets. A product manufacturer certifies...
ST. PAUL, Minn., Nov. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The CHS Foundation announced today it has contributed $250,000 to Kansas State University's Center for Risk Management Education and Research. The CHS Foundation is the major giving entity of CHS Inc. (NASDAQ: CHSCP), the nation's leading...
ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- uBreakiFix, an international gadget repair chain, has officially arrived to the state of Kansas. This uBreakiFix location offers "while-you-wait" repairs, price match guarantee, a 90 day warranty, and a dedicated customer service team....
OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Nov. 20, 2014 /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 its Board of Directors has authorized a cash dividend of $0.29 per share...
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
Microsoft has just done what it would have cringed to do almost a decade ago – making .NET an open source platform. If you remember, Microsoft has never been an open-source loving company. In fact, it had raged a bloody war against this very practice almost 10 years back calling open sourcing “unhealthy” and a recipe for failure. However, Microsoft’s change of heart was gradually taking sh
Facebook is continually introducing new features to improve the user experience. Last week Facebook announced they are making it easier for users to share feedback and control what they see in their News Feeds. The News Feed is where most people go to get a feel of what their friends and pages they follow are sharing at any particular moment. These changes are great news for Facebook users, since
The new week is here and we have curated a lot of interesting information for you. From the study that shows that younger consumers are influenced by social media, to Walmart price-matching online retailers at all of its stores, to Instagram finally allowing its users to edit photo captions. Plus we have included two videos that is guaranteed to make your day. Let’s get started. Industry Digit
According to MediaBistro, Twitter’s 225 million active users send some 500 million tweets each day. That’s a lot of content. More importantly, it’s a lot of noise that marketers need to sift through in order to get to valuable data that can be used for campaigns, customer service, and other insights. Social listening is a great way to find out what matters to your audience. It is a particul
If you’ve been toying with the idea of joining the cloud bandwagon, there couldn’t have been a better time than this to do so. As a step towards making cloud technology more viable and accessible than ever before, IBM has announced the launch of the IBM Global Entrepreneur Program for Cloud Startups. This is exciting, because it’ll allow startups and midsize businesses to embrace cloud tech
The new week is here! While this first week of November went by so quickly, there are many cool things we found on the Interwebs this week we want to share with you. Items this week include a study on how people actually consume more video via their smartphones than their tablets, Amazon’s new free unlimited photo storage offering for their prime members, and a major hotel chain implementing