We're just over 24 hours away from the third annual Silicon Prairie Awards where we will celebrate the best of the Silicon Prairie with all of you in Kansas City. Here's everything you need to know before attending the Awards. The post Everything you need to know for tomorrow’s Silicon Prairie Awards appeared first on Silicon Prairie News.
Somehow it's almost August and we're less than two months away from Big Kansas City. As we work through details, we've got some more exciting news to share with you: three more speakers and an emcee to be excited about. The post But wait, there’s more: three Big Kansas City speakers and our emcee appeared first on Silicon Prairie News.
KANSAS CITY—It looks like we now know who the "undisclosed banking institution" was from EyeVerify's $6 million round in July. Wells Fargo announced Wednesday that the Kansas City-based startup will be part of its inaugural six-month accelerator class for companies looking to pioneer financial services technology. The post EyeVerify lands spot in Wells Fargo accelerator, part of $6M round appear
An idea that began at a Startup Weekend in Cedar Rapids and is evolving through the NMotion accelerator came to fruition this week. Turnstile Cards set out to create digital collectible cards for sports teams, and this week, released its first app, a prototype for minor league baseball team Lincoln's Saltdogs. The post NMotion’s Turnstile Cards team releases app for Lincoln Saltdogs appeared
We're getting so close to the Silicon Prairie Awards that we can almost feel the weight of those Golden Analogs in our hands. But we'd have nothing to celebrate and no one to pass those Analogs off to if it wasn't for the tremendous support we receive from our communities. We helped organize a bus from Omaha, sponsored by the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, and were excited to see efforts from
Dan Schmidt, CEO of The Emerging Business CFO (EBCFO), thinks accountants can do better work for their clients. "I look around and I see a hole in services provided to entrepreneurs and small business owners. You can get great bookkeeping and tax work done, and there are talented people in the industry, then it stops," Schmidt told SPN. "It’s basically numbers on a sheet of paper and then a smal
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...
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“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. Can you prove to me that we’ve not had a system breach in the past “x
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.” Their letter comes as pa
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 patent privateering. Read more about the LOT Network in the press release h
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
Level 3 Communications just inked a deal to purchase rival tw telecom for $5.7 billion in cash and stock. Both Colorado-based companies have significant presences in Kansas City. Click here to read more about the acquisition.
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. Kansas City, MO Joins Forces With Cisco To Build A Smart City Network - Forbes 10 High-Tech Cities You’ll Want To Call Home – PCMag Digital Sandbox Helped KC Tech Startups Rai
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Pipeline announced it has opened applications for the 2015 Entrepreneurial Fellowship. Pipeline is an elite organization of the Midwest’s most successful, high-performance entrepreneurs. Pipeline began operations in Kansas in 2006, and became a Regional program three years ago that spans three states. Pipeline now boasts 80 entrepreneurs as Members who employ over 1000 people in Kansas, Missouri
When we founded Hurrdat four years ago, our vision was simple: Leverage our social media expertise to help brands thrive in the digital space through technology and design. We set out to create a place where incredibly talented individuals are empowered to put their best work into the hands of our clients. And so we began. Squeezed inside a 100-square-foot corner of the FileBound office (our very
Moblico, an in-app mobile marketing solutions company, closed a $500K Angel round led by Kansas City area angels. The raise also includes contributions from the Capital Angel Group and Missouri Technology Corporation. Moblico provides mobile publishers the ability to deliver the right message, content and service to the right person, at the right time and at the right place. Moblico not only helps
Mobile Commerce Daily | By Michael Barris Dozens of Kansas City retailers have joined the beacon bandwagon to deliver personalized targeted in-store communications and content to mobile customers in a program that leverages an existing application with a loyal user base. Using the Findit Video and Loyalty application from FinditKC and Moblico, more than 350 Kansas City-area merchants will gain the
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
Could your website rankings come crashing down like a house of cards? The SEO industry has witnessed five iterations of Google Penguin updates and you can almost hear the footsteps of the next Penguin update. And how many Panda updates have we seen? As of this writing, it’s now deep in the v20-somethings. Not to […] The post Do You Have Zombie SEO Rankings? appeared first on .
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Sometimes I think about Kim Kardashian and I salivate. Not because I find her particularly attractive or appealing (not really my type), but because I look at all the web properties she is associated with and see a tremendous amount of untapped search engine potential. SEO geeks like myself are essentially organic web traffic opportunists. […] The post Kim Kardashian’s SEO Grade: F a
Kitchen and bathroom remodeling, home and garage additions, basement finishing – Vision Builders, Kansas City remodeling professionals, do it all! In fact, the company’s mission is “You dream it . . . and we’ll build it!“ Whether a homeowner desires to expand a family room, transform an unused basement into functional space, add on a […] The post Vision Buil
How many blog and article headlines have you read in recent years proclaiming that SEO is Dead? You’ll probably see more of these headlines in 2014. It seems that virtually everyone on the planet thinks that SEO is the same as link building. If your definition of SEO is volume based link building and link […] The post I Pity The Fools That Say SEO Is Dead appeared first on .
This week’s 1 Million Cups at the Kauffman Foundation featured pitches by a high-tech roof-replacement business and an online showcase for grassroots apparel companies. First up was veteran roofer Josh Davis, founder of Viirt, which utilizes satellite imagery to facilitate accurate roof measurements for consumers, leading to work estimates that can save time and money. The company negotiates wit
EyeVerify has not one, but two big pieces of news to announce. The Kansas City, Kan., company has closed a Series A equity funding round, raising more than $6 million from companies like Sprint, Qihoo 360 and Wells Fargo. Overall, EyeVerify has raised more than $10 million. And speaking of Wells Fargo, it has selected EyeVerify for its brand new Wells Fargo Startup Accelerator, which is for young
Bryan Porter, the former president of Arsalon Technologies, is the new chief technology officer at DataBank Holdings, the company that bought Arsalon earlier this year. As CTO, Porter will be responsible for the company’s engineering and product development. Porter founded Arsalon in 2001 with Gary Hall. Like Arsalon, DataBank specializes in data centers and related services. The company also ha
Greg and Anne Oswald of Olathe’s Sir Speedy Printing and Marketing Services were recently recognized as the company’s franchisees of the year. The Oswalds also won a Top 25 Award for being among the franchise’s top operations and the VIP (Volume Increase Percentage) Award, which is given to the three franchises with the highest sales gains on a year-over-year percentage basis. The awards wer
More women are taking up the reins of entrepreneurship, including women of color, according to the latest OPEN State of Women-Owned Business report. The fourth annual report, sponsored by American Express and Womenable, finds that women launched about 1,200 new businesses a day in the last year (up from 740 a day the previous year) and that four out of every 10 new enterprises are now being starte
Diebel’s Sportsmens Gallery on the Country Club Plaza will host its second annual Kansas City Cigar Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 6. The outdoor event will be in the Granada lot, around the corner from Diebel’s at 426 Ward Parkway. Hundreds of cigar fans are expected to sample products and hobnob with representatives from 17 premium cigar and cigar accessory manufacturers. The c
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
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
As you can imagine, communication is a big part of SMCKC. With 3 club events each month, plus a host of events in KC that pertain to members, we're pretty busy scripting tweets and facebook posts, tracking what's happening on LinkedIn, sending out bi-weekly newsletters and making sure industry calendars are updated with the most recent event information. Keeping up with all of that takes some sign
Members of SMCKC, Another SMCKC board election has closed. Congratulations to our winners: Alisha Templeton - Vice-President Tyler Hillsman - Technology Chair Advocacy Chair - Andrea Garcia Membership Chair - Leah Godfrey Kris Nielsen (Me) - President We are excited to welcome Leah and Andrea to the board and look forward to the new perspectives and ideas they bring. I appreciate Alisha and Tyl
ST. LOUIS, Aug. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Joseph E. Cordell, principal partner of domestic litigation firm Cordell & Cordell, was installed as the 51st president of the American Association of Attorney-Certified Public Accountants (AAA-CPA). Mr. Cordell was installed on Saturday, July...
LUTHERVILLE, Md., Aug. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI) today lauded the latest results achieved by the real-time, pseudoephedrine (PSE) blocking system in Missouri. The system, known as the National Precursor Log Exchange...
CLAYTON, Mo., Aug. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Olin Corporation's (NYSE: OLN) senior management will be available for one-on-one meetings with investors in Boston at the KeyBanc Capital Markets Basic Materials & Packaging Conference on September 9, and in New York City at the Credit...
ST. LOUIS, Aug. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- National Car Rental, the award-winning rental car brand for business travel, is launching its annual One Two Free® promotion for registered Emerald Club members. Renters receive one free rental day* for every two qualifying rentals** of a...
KANSAS CITY, Mo., Aug. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- FarmLink, a Kansas City, Mo.-based company that provides a suite of innovative services to help farmers maximize their productivity, today announced the closing of a $40 million Series B financing. OpenAir Equity Partners is leading the...
ST. LOUIS, Aug. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Some of the country's top dog handlers and trainers, as well as sporting dog journalists, recently were treated to tips on ways to enhance canine performance success by experts at the 2014 Purina Sporting Dog Summit. The two-and-a-half...
TOPEKA, Kan., Aug. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Rasmussen College, a regionally accredited private college, announced today that it is expanding the School of Nursing to its Kansas campuses. Enrollment for the Professional Nursing Associate's degree program (ADN) is immediately available...
OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Aug. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- When it comes to wanting more information about products and services, adults over the age of 70 turn to company websites and online reviews as their top resources in decision making. GlynnDevins surveyed more than 400 older adults...
LEAWOOD, Kan., Aug. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Mariner Holdings, an independent financial services firm and the parent company of Mariner Wealth Advisors and Montage Investments, today announced that William (Bill) Greiner, CFA, and former chief investment officer of Mariner Wealth...
KANSAS CITY, Mo., Aug. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- RootMetrics today released its second U.S. State RootScore® Reports and Verizon Wireless received the highest award for overall network performance in Kansas and Missouri. In addition to receiving the top award for overall...
OVERLAND PARK, Kan., 19 de agosto de 2014 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ -- Es una nueva era en la industria de teléfonos óviles ahora que Sprint (NYSE: S) acaba de anunciar el Sprint Family Share Pack, un nuevo plan de datos para compartir que ofrece el doble de datos de alta...
OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Aug. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- It's a new day for data in the wireless industry as Sprint (NYSE: S) announces the Sprint Family Share Pack – a new shared-data plan that offers double the high-speed data at a lower price than AT&T and Verizon Wireless....
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
When I was a first grade teacher, the end of summer always made me reflective (actually, it still does). If there was going to be change, it was going to happen in the sun-drenched days of September. Like the first day of school. The intoxicating smell of new. Scents of wool sweaters with price tags barely clipped off and the fine shavings from freshly sharpened pencils. You know, the big old bl
Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a huge supporter of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) initiatives for girls. It’s not only because I’m the mother of four daughters, it’s also because when I was in school I opted out of math and science faster than you can say “heck yeah, I’m outta there.” That’s because back in the day, girls just didn’t do that stuff. At least
Marketers everywhere are struggling to get their arms around the beast that is content marketing. How to do it in general, how to do it well, and how to get it done on time without going crazy (and often with few resources) are questions that most of us wrestle with. That’s precisely why thinking about your content planning with an agile approach might just save your sanity. I love agile and whe
Can you hear that? It’s the blessed sound of silence as the kids are finally back in school and parents everywhere heave a massive sigh of relief. Summer is awesome. By the end of July, everybody is ready for school to start, so we collectively hang on by our fingernails until that magical day arrives. I’ve never been happier. Okay, let’s get down to business – here’s what happened this
There are an estimated 23 million small businesses in America and while every small business owner will have his or her own story to tell, many of them fall into one of four broad profile definitions according to a new study by Infusionsoft. The 2014 Infusionsoft Small Business Market Survey queried nearly 850 American entrepreneurs to try to gain a deeper understanding of the “behaviors, chal
There was a lot of discussion last week about Facebook and its decision to spin off messaging to a separate and dedicated mobile app. Judging from the raging debate on social media, people are pretty steamed about that, but as with most things, I imagine that will blow over. With complaining about that going on, there is one bit of news marketers may have missed that will have a bigger impact on t