No matter the genre, music attaches us to our experiences. It adapts to the stages of life, becoming our soundtrack while having the ability to motivate, comfort, delight and inspire us. It may most easily play unnoticed in the background, but it's front and center to someone like DJ Skee. Over the past decade, DJ Skee has helped shape the popular music scene. Named to Billboard magazine's&n
Last week FullStack, formerly known as Cramer Dev, announced a name change and rebrand after 14 years in business. Now the Iowa City-based development firm is making another big announcement: an expansion to Kansas City. While this isn't the first we've heard of the expansion, founder Josh Cramer officially announced plans for FullStack's KC office Monday. "As our company has
Roughly three and a half years ago, before the plans for StartupCity Des Moines had started to come together, the city's entrepreneurial community came together to discuss what would best serve its ecosystem. Now StartupCity's organizers are asking the Des Moines startup community to come together again to discuss its needs as a whole as the space's original three years of funding comes
Omaha's first code school launches next week and Silicon Prairie News would love to be at Omaha Code School every day from Day 1 on Feb. 24 to graduation May 16. But we can't. Luckily, we've still got the inside story. Andy von Dohren, one of the School's 14 students, is blogging about his experience on his own site, Code School Adventures, and will be sharing some of his stories with S
Kelson Sans is one of the ten fonts Flywheel shared as their favorite fonts in a blog last week. Every Monday Silicon Prairie News' editorial team will share some of the interesting regional content we've read over the last week. Iowa After almost six months with The Gazette Company, We Create Here's Sarah Binder reflects on some of the experiences she's had along the way and some of the
Prairie Portraits is a weekly set of questions intended to help the community get to know someone from the Silicon Prairie startup scene a little bit better. Prairie Portraits feature a fixed set of questions ranging from career background and personal perferences to, perhaps, off-the-wall questions on YouTube videos and entrance music. Name: Tim Banks Title/Occupation: Director of Engineer
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
Walk into any Starbucks or other upscale coffee shop today, and you'll likely find many of the people inside busy on their laptops, tablets, or iPads, seemingly oblivious to their surroundings. You also find at least a...
If you run a company or a small business, you probably know that it’s important to have a web presence and a web strategy. Often, people who are moving in a certain direction in their company start...
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...
Blogging may be one of the most important components of your SEO strategy. Of all the ways you can improve your Kansas City business' online visibility, blogging is probably the best 'bang for the buck' in...
The case for web designers to focus first on tablets these days is compelling. The sea-change in computing and Internet consumption is vast and unending. For example, Forrester's research resulted in the conclusion that the tablet, by...
At KCnext, we are making efforts to take our quarterly networking events to a new level of interaction and engagement. Last fall, we paired a networking event with an Entrepreneur Showcase of nearly 30 startups, including product demos and samples. If you’re joining us for this Thursday’s networking event at Cerner Riverport, you’ll be able to try your hand at casino games while
KCnext President Ryan Weber this week completed a two-day visit to Washington, D.C. to meet with congressional delegations on Capitol Hill. The visit was part of the TechVoice DC Fly-In, an annual event that brings together technology executives and tech council CEOs to discuss key issues facing the tech industry. Ryan met with staff from the offices of Sen. Blunt (R-MO), Sen. Moran (R-KS), Sen.
Forbes just ranked Kansas City as one of the top cities creating the most technology jobs. What actions do we need to take now to develop the workforce pipeline necessary to power Kansas City's growing STEM industries? Building a workforce requires two things: aspiration and preparation. What does aspiration look like? It's that spark that forever changes your direction. It's the vi
It doesn't matter if you run a tech startup or a small, medium or multinational corporation–your company's website is more important than ever. Yet the vast majority of corporate websites do not take advantage of organic search engine optimization (SEO), in other words, the techniques that enable your website to pop up first in Google's natural search results (not pay-per-clic
The KCnext team is excited to partner with the Corporate Startup Collaborative (CSC) to produce Reverse Pitch on Thursday, Nov. 21, from 3-5 p.m. Entrepreneurs often pitch their ideas to the corporate world hoping to secure a partnership or license a product. However, it's rare to see large corporations pitch back to the same entrepreneurs, seeking help and partnerships to build products and
On Friday, Nov. 8, Suitable Technologies announced that it would locate an international support office in Kansas City. The Silicon Valley-based company produces a remote-presence product called Beam. The announcement was made at the 2013 Annual Luncheon for the Kansas City Area Development Council. Click here to read more about Suitable Technologies. admission essay service Click here to watch a
As the Kansas City Business Journal worked to put together the Power 100, we first had to define the nature of “power” for business before we could identify the powerful. We thought we could use some help, so we asked business leaders for their thoughts on the origin and nature — and responsibilities — of having and wielding power in the business community. To continue reading, click her
For years, Nebraska faced challenges in trying to create a financial landscape such that homegrown startup companies could receive venture capital. Major investors on the two coasts showed no significant interest in prairie-country investments. Nebraska startups struggled to win recognition when so much attention was going to the high number of advanced-technology startups in states such as Califo
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation’s Thom Ruhe is interviewed by Pipeline CEO Joni Cobb at Innovator of the Year. In the interview, they discuss Pipeline in the early days, when Pipeline went regional, and the power of entrepreneurship in a community.
St. Louis Business Journal | By Brian Feldt Abigail Cohen and Andrew Brimer, co-founders of St. Louis-based startup Sparo Labs, will present at the United Nations headquarters in New York City as part of the Cavendish Global Health Impact Forum in early May. Sparo Labs will be part of a series of presentations focused on offering high-quality investment opportunities for family offices, private co
Sparo Labs chosen as an Innovation Partner for a forum that brings together leading family offices and their foundations seeking impact investment, grant-giving, and philanthropy opportunities within health and life sciences. To continue reading, click here.
Kansas City Business Journal | By Bobby Burch When growing up on the farm, Jason Tatge‘s grandfather said those benefiting most from farmers’ backbreaking work don’t even know what their crops look like. Though somewhat jesting, grandpa Joe made a point that resonated with Tatge. And now decades later, the comment helped inspire Tatge’s new company, Farmobile LLC, which ai
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
The decision to make iKC 2013 into an Unconference was done with one central goal in mind; to increase Kansas City's collision density. Over 250 attendees filed into H&R Block’s World Headquarters to tackle the issue head on by creating unlikely collisions in a conventional setting. What took place throughout the day can only be described as special & unique. After a brief
iKC: The Unconference is right around the corner! We’re ramping up for what promises to be a day full of unexpected collisions with unimaginable outcomes. In order for you to prepare for the unexpected, we’ve put together a list of everything you need to know so you can make the best of iKC 2013: Check-in starts at 8:00am. Check-in at H&R Block World Headquarters on the first f
As a business owner you deal with a lot of fires – did that client get taken care of? Do we have enough money in the bank to cover payroll next month? Will we be able to close the deals in the pipeline? That’s the day to day stuff…but the big picture stuff usually revolves around growing the business. How can we make more money? Should I (can I afford to) hire another person right now? W
Most of our main competitors’ here in Kansas City sell their services on ‘affordability’ and compete to be metro’s low cost leader. You see it everywhere: “Local Low Cost Web Design” “Affordable Kansas City Web Site Design” “Website Design At A Low Cost” “We will BEAT any competitor’s quote” We all need to make sure that we make wise investment decisions for our bus
Not too many years ago, social media was more about having fun, meeting new people, and making new friends. Today, it’s much more than that; in fact, if your business isn’t taking advantage of social media, your company is at a huge disadvantage in terms of building your brand and SEO presence – not to mention gaining new customers and increasing revenue. If you are participa
Successful online visibility is all about search engine rankings. If your website doesn’t get found, or is buried on the 50th page of search results, (Yep…they really have that many pages.) you are simply not going to get the traffic you need to see significant sales. Though the numbers are not static, consider these figures: 85% of Google search participants never go past the first p
For website owners in general and Internet marketers in particular, Google’s Penguin updates have created quite a stir. People who simply host a personal blog or information type website may not even know about the updates or see any noticeable impact on their traffic or search result. However, for those who attempt to make a living on the Internet through SEO and IM (Internet marketing) G
As an SEO and Internet marketing company here in Kansas City, we struggle sometimes getting our clients to create blog content on a regular business. They know how important blogging is for SEO, but writing content can challenging for a business owner. Many do not have the time, and some people do not like to write. Yet as a search engine marketing company, we MUST get quality content onto o
With Valentine’s Day coming up this Friday, it has us all in a lovey dovey techie mood. Here’s what some of our members are loving about technology… Erica: The thing I love most about technology is how easy it is to stay in touch with the ones I care about most. From video chatting with… Continue reading...
The holidays are here and we are making our wishlists. From tech gear to computer accessories, this is what we are wanting Santa to bring: Jennifer Wadella 1. Pebble Smart Watch - It syncs via bluetooth to my phone to give me my text messages, phone call notifications, and emails right on my wrist! Bonus perk –… Continue reading...
Happy Thanksgiving 2013 from KCWiT! It has been a great year and we have a lot to be thankful for! This is what KCWiT is thankful for: Jennifer Wadella: I’m thankful for Kansas City’s amazing technology community full of passionate, brilliant people who support each other and push each other to grow. I’m… Continue reading...
This past Thursday, Kansas City Women in Technology held their November TechTalk at DST Systems’ corporate offices. We had over 70 people in attendance to hear our panel discussion on how to make good career choices. Our panelists included: Wendy Blackburn, Executive Vice President at InTouch Solutions Katie Briscoe, Director of Client Services at MMGY… Continue reading...
Just go.My first hackathon-style event was a Kansas City Startup Weekend, held in April 2012 at Union Station. To be completely honest, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I had heard about it through co-workers but I was clueless to what it actually was. So I did what any normal person… Continue reading...
Yesterday I represented my company, VML, at the Missouri Iowa Nebraska Kansas Women in Computing Conference Career Fair. MINK WIC is a conference held every two years in Kansas City that is modeled after the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing; featuring panels, lightning talks, networking, resume review, and a career fair. This conference is… Continue reading...
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
Over the past 6 years, SMCKC has grown to be an enormous community of social media professionals and enthusiasts in the Kansas City area! Our members have contributed to nationally recognized campaigns, started incredible social movements in the city, and have found great ways to connect our Kansas City community. We think that this is a community that needs to be recognized for their efforts! Whe
Following is a guest blog post by Rick West of Field Agent, who will be presenting at our upcoming Professional Luncheon on March 13 about social and mobile-based customer research. We hope you'll join us to build upon and learn more about what he's outlined below - tickets are available at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/social-and-mobile-based-customer-research-tickets-10724012811 Engagement at th
Since the notion of gigabit Internet burst on the scene in Kansas City nearly three years ago, SMCKC has been a key voice in helping to advocate for better connectivity and explore what the future of the Internet looks like. With the help of The Brainzooming Group and the KC Public Library, we hosted a full-day workshop in late 2012 to explore what Building the Gigabit City could mean. On a perso
It’s been just over a year since Avis announced its purchase of car-sharing startup Zipcar for half a billion dollars. Last week, Walgreens and TaskRabbit (a Zaarly-like errand service) made the social media news circuit by announcing a partnership for delivery of cold and flu medication. The so-called “sharing economy” is still in its early stages, but big brands are exploring its implicati
Merry New Year everybody! I would like to give a special shout out to all of the SMCKCers out there that appreciated the Trading Places reference. What a 2013 it has been! From the national success of new networks like Snapchat and Vine, to the local surge in our Kansas City social media community, the landscape for social changed dramatically last year. In addition to the landscape, our comm
It's been one month short of one year since smckc donated over 40 computers to Connecting for Good for Kansas City residents in need. In this time, CFG has donated over 200 computers to low income Kansas City residents, moved to a new space closer to the communities they serve at 3101 Troost and they are now offering digital literacy classes four days per week with a waiting list over 100 deep
KANSAS CITY, Mo., March 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Lockton announced a new relationship between its national employee benefits practice, Lockton Benefit Group and Dr. Ann Kulze. Dr. Ann, as she is known in the industry, is a physician, best-selling author and motivational speaker...
ST. LOUIS, March 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Post Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POST) (the "Company") today announced it intends to commence a private offering to eligible purchasers, subject to market and other conditions, of $250 million in aggregate principal amount of 6.75% senior notes...
ST. LOUIS, March 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Post Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:POST) (the "Company") today updated its previously issued Adjusted EBITDA guidance for fiscal 2014. This release should be read in conjunction with the financial statements and management's discussion and analysis...
ST. LOUIS, March 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Red Label Accessories, LLC will be one of the few companies at the upcoming TGA trade show in Phoenix that is manufacturing 100% American-made goods. This collection consists of duffel bags, briefcases, portfolios and other men's...
ST. LOUIS, March 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Enterprise Holdings has announced the March opening of new international airport and neighborhood franchise locations for its Alamo Rent A Car and National Car Rental brands. Alamo Rent A Car and National Car Rental will serve customers at...
BELTON, Mo., March 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Safe Fleet, the leading provider of safety solutions for fleet vehicles, is pleased to announce that its Board of Directors has appointed John R. Knox as President and Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors effective...
OVERLAND PARK, Kan., March 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. (NYSE:FGP), one of the nation's largest distributors of propane, today reported a strong performance for the fiscal 2014 second quarter ended January 31, primarily reflecting increased sales volumes and...
OVERLAND PARK, Kan., March 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- QTS Realty Trust (NYSE: QTS), one of the nation's largest and fastest-growing providers of data center facilities and cloud services, announced that Jim Reinhart, COO – Operations and Development, has been appointed by the Virginia...
SPEARVILLE, Kan., March 7, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- This week, Liberty Institute attorneys offered to defend for free an historic elementary school building in Spearville, Kansas—a town of about 800 people—against threats of legal action from the anti-religion group,...
KANSAS CITY, Mo., March 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Wireless ranked highest among all other national wireless providers in the Southwest region in the J.D. Power 2014 Wireless Network Quality Study, Volume 1, issued on March 6, 2014. The Southwest includes Kansas, Missouri and...
KANSAS CITY, Kan., March 6, 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, today...
WICHITA, Kan., March 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. ("Spirit" or "the Company"), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Spirit AeroSystems Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:SPR), announced today that it has launched a transaction to refinance its existing $540.4 million senior...
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
The bottom line is that blogging has become a critical, perhaps even the most important, search engine ranking factor. Blogging is not the SEO ‘magic bullet’. Its a minimum requirement. Its a simple fact: if your competitors are creating and posting good blog content on a regular basis, they are going to beat you online. So, we all know that blogging is important for SEO, but w
Your technology cannot be separated from your brand identity. The experience your customers have with your website technology, in most cases, formulates their first impression of you and remains one of your few assets that is scalable to your business and maintains profitability with every click. When you build solutions to be used by people, you need to instill the concepts of “Move, Touch and
LinkedIn announced this week the opening its publishing platforms to members. Up to now, members are only able to share updates and links with their connections within their personal network. LinkedIn turned its sights on content about a year ago and only influencers selected by LinkedIn were given the opportunity to publish articles on the site. With this recent announcement, LinkedIn changes th
With Vine recently celebrating its first birthday since launching in January 2013, and Instagram rolling out its video feature last June, the social video market has grown just past its infancy into young celebrities. These two superstars are like the Coke and Pepsi of social video tools. While some of us cannot detect the slight difference between the two video tool flavors, others of us have alr
From vanity metrics to buzz, don’t fall into these common marketing traps. Many of the projects I manage with companies are born out of a catastrophic event. They seek me out because something they have built–a product or marketing campaign–isn’t generating the numbers they had hoped or expected. I work with them to correct their course. From this unique vantage point, I ha
Whether you own your own business or work for someone else, finding customers and serving them is really the biggest challenge we all face – no matter how large or how small our businesses are. The world of marketing is and has been changing at a rapid pace and staying abreast of change is a challenge for marketers everywhere. The Integrated Marketing Summit – Atlanta is part of a multi-city t
As marketers, we not only need to concentrate on the message we want to communicate on social media, we also need to look at who our target market is and where they are most active. If you are not doing that, you should be. Gone are the days when you could just share a few links and successfully connect with your audience. You also need to create conversation and engagement with your audience. Soc