Proxibid, an online marketplace for buying and selling highly-valued items, has celebrated its 100 millionth bid since it was established in Omaha in 2001. The 100 millionth bid was placed on Sept. 12 at 1:32 p.m. by Roy Rhoden, a long-time Proxibid buyer, during Deanco Auction Company’s Public Equipment Auction. The post Omaha-based auction site Proxibid celebrates its 100 millionth bid appeare
CEDAR RAPIDS—When Jarod Smith first started building mobile apps in January 2013, the market was still fairly new to him. "I've been doing web development for 14 years now," Smith told SPN. "But I've been doing coding of some kind for almost 20 years. Web development got me into mobile apps and I found I could use my web tech knowledge to build cross-platform mobile apps." The post Local app de
Think Big is partnering with several corporate sponsors to bring more services to the startups in its new incubator/accelerator/co-working space. H&R Block Small Business, Silicon Valley Bank, Polsinelli, Grasshopper, Robin and eBeam have signed on to provide services, products and support to early stage companies and entrepreneurs. The post Think Big gains corporate partners to help support
LAWRENCE, KAN.—About 40 miles southwest of Kansas City, you'll find Lawrence, Kan., the home of the University of Kansas but also of a burgeoning startup community. Now, the city will celebrate another community rite of passage by hosting a Startup Weekend Sept. 26-28. The post Inaugural Startup Weekend Lawrence part of larger community effort appeared first on Silicon Prairie News.
OMAHA—Nearly 40 Bitcoin enthusiasts and organizations gathered at Blue Sushi in the Old Market for the first annual Bitcoin Day Omaha, Monday. The event, sponsored by two local Bitcoin startups, Alpha Bitcoin and Blockchain IO, hoped to increase awareness of this digital currency in the Omaha area. The post Bitcoin Day Omaha exposes residents to digital currency appeared first on Silicon Prairie
DES MOINES—For its second year, the Des Moines-based I/OWA conference is welcoming speakers with ties a little closer to home. Organizers announced Wednesday that the first two speakers at the conference, to be held Oct. 16-17, will be Rajat Paharia, founder of Bunchball, and Harper Reed, founder and CEO of Modest, Inc. The post Second annual I/OWA conference announces two speakers with local ti
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. 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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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.
Congrats to all Get in the Ring Semi Finalists – and a special shout out to our Pipeline Entrepreneurs Todd Gentry (HyberBorean) and Tom Cohen (Nanopore Diagnostics). To see the full list of semi-finalists and learn more about Get in the Ring, click here.
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
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This week’s 1 Million Cups at the Kauffman Foundation featured pitches for beer and biscuits made for dogs and a mobile communication platform and app for small businesses to better reach customers. Beer Paws founder Crystal Wiebe was first up to talk about her startup, which is trying to tap the 47 percent of American households with at least one dog by turning canines into “better drinking b
After recently expanding to a 5,500-square-foot space not far from its original location in the Crossroads Arts District, EAG Advertising & Marketing (EAG) is continuing to grow with the addition of seven new clients. Associated Sales & Bag Company of Milwaukee, which focuses on B2B digital media planning and placement Cartwright Companies, a Grandview-based transportation and logistics
Digital Sandbox KC, which provides proof-of-concept support for Kansas City’s youngest companies, is embarking on Phase Two and will start offering assistance to another round of startups. Organizers broke the news—and took time to celebrate the project’s success—during a gathering Tuesday night at UMB’s downtown headquarters. The Missouri Technology Corporation has pledged a
The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Kansas City District Office and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City will host a Strategic Alliance Summit from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 2 at the Hispanic Chamber, 2001 Grand Blvd. The agenda calls for two Strategic Alliance Memorandums to be signed in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. The first memorandum will be between the SBA and the Hispan
Andrea Schnetzler and Darrell Tindal, owners of the Berry Nutty Farm in Independence, will appear as a competing team on the online reality TV series, “Fireball Run,” on Oct. 4 at the historic Jackson County Courthouse in Independence. A livestream of that day’s show, to be hosted by former World Wrestling Entertainment star Raven, is scheduled to begin between 1 and 2 p.m. at fireballrun.co
The Sprint Accelerator is taking applications now through Dec. 14 for its second class of startups. The Kansas City-based program works with companies that are trying to improve the health of people or pets. While the accelerator is especially interested in mobile solutions, companies that have only a health-based product will still be considered. Ten startups will be chosen for the next three-mon
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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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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
ST. LOUIS, Sept. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Peabody Energy (NYSE: BTU) today provided an update on coal fundamentals and Peabody's positioning given recent global and domestic industry events. "We believe there is a fundamental mismatch in early reporting regarding China's new...
COLUMBIA, Mo., Sept. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Columbia College is pleased to announce that EA Sports will support the President's Inauguration Video Game Challenge. The challenge, part of Dr. Scott Dalrymple's Oct. 17 inauguration festivities, will now feature Madden NFL 15, which is...
SAINT JOSEPH, Mo., Sept. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Blue Sun has received BQ-9000 Producer status from the National Biodiesel Accreditation Commission and National Biodiesel Board. There are fewer than 50 companies that have achieved this milestone recognition. "We have always been...
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The St. Louis metro area's 2013 median household income ($54,449) was not statistically different from 2010, the first full year after the last recession, when it was $54,294 in 2013 dollars, according to new statistics released today...
ST. LOUIS, Sept. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. biotech company Kultevat has strengthened its technology portfolio by signing an exclusive license for technology developed by the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center to control gene expression in plants, including for applications in...
ST. LOUIS, Sept. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Centene Corporation (NYSE: CNC) today announced that its wholly-owned Florida subsidiary, Sunshine Health, was elevated to Commendable Accreditation by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) for its Medical Managed Assistance and...
LENEXA, Kan., Sept. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Avenue Link, a leading online marketing company specializing in targeted online and mobile lead generation, and data monetization services, today announced its automobile loan lead generation solution. Avenue Link is known for its...
WICHITA, Kan., Sept. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Decorated war veteran Major General Michael Lehnert (retired) will help kick off the 20th anniversary celebration of Southwestern College – Professional Studies with a public lecture on October 15th. Logo -...
KANSAS CITY, Kan., Sept. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Aratana Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: PETX), a pet therapeutics company focused on licensing, developing and commercializing innovative biopharmaceutical products for companion animals, today announced the pricing of its public...
TROY, Mich. and OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Sept. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Creative Breakthroughs, Inc., (CBI), one of the fastest-growing IT Risk Management companies in the world, today announced a partnership with FireMon, the industry leader in proactive security intelligence solutions....
LEAWOOD, Kan., Sept. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Mariner Wealth Advisors, the independent financial services firm ranked #2 nationally on Barron's List of Top 100 Independent Wealth Advisors 2014, today announced that it has further enhanced its advisory teams by adding three experienced...
KANSAS CITY, Kan., Sept. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Aratana Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: PETX), a pet therapeutics company focused on licensing, developing and commercializing innovative biopharmaceutical products for companion animals, today announced that it is commencing an...
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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
It’s a week full of iPhone 6 and Apple Watch news, but hey, there were also other things happening around the Web. Leaked Gmail passwords, self-destructing Facebook posts, Apple Wallet, Amazon’s impact on bricks and mortar, and a bunch of other things we think you should know about. Here goes: Advertising I’m in advertising, so the fact that I’m a little “off” is a given. This video ad
What is it that gets companies like Apple, Google and IBM (ranked 1, 2 and 3 respectively) ranked as the most valuable brands in the world? And what does it take for a brand like Subway to jump in brand value over 5700% in one year? The BrandZ™ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands study took a look at just that, identifying the eight traits that drive value and overall organizational success acro
In information rich, socially connected world, B2B marketers have had to adapt to doing things in a new way. Buyers are doing their homework, researching online, asking peers for opinions, and doing a large part of the winnowing out process before they ever agree to speak to a salesperson or sit through a product demo. That often means that traditional prospecting techniques–like cold callin
I love holiday weekends and love the short weeks following them even more. But short week or not, there was a lot going on on the Interwebs. From AdWords changes that pretty cool, to Twitter forcing the shutdown of Twitpic, to Apple getting ready to introduce mobile payments–there is a bunch of good stuff to know. Here goes. Industry Google Introduces AdWords Callout Extensions Google is giv
If you’re a tennis lover and a fan of the US Open, you’re going to love how technology is changing the event—and making it even cooler than ever. Even better? It’s happening as a result of The Internet of Things that’s revolutionizing the way we do anything and everything — and cloud technology. The Open partnered with IBM and LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy to take real time data
If you’re a digital marketer, email no doubt plays an important role in your campaign strategies. But how do you determine whether your efforts at email are successful? Do you measure more than just opens and dig deeper into your ROI from your email marketing efforts? If your answer to that is affirmative, then you’re in the minority. Go ask for a raise. Conversely, if you’re operating under