Taylor Martinez joined Jack Hoffman and family at the ESPY Awards, where Jack won "Best Moment in Sports." Former Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez is donating half the proceeds from his latest mobile game, Risky Road, to pediatric brain cancer research through the Team Jack Foundation. The Foundation is named after 8-year-old Jack Hoffman, best known for his f
Nebraska Public Service Commissioner Anne Boyle said she's never seen companies as arrogant and unwilling to follow the rules as Uber and Lyft, two ride sharing services attempting to enter the Omaha market. The transportation companies appear to have plans to launch in Omaha, but have not yet applied to the Public Service Commission (PSC) to operate as a "licensed carrier." To this point, th
Men's Style Lab co-founder Derian Baugh (above) pitching at gener8tor's Premiere Night earlier this month. It's been a whirlwind couple of months for Des Moines ecommerce startup Men's Style Lab. In late Dec. 2013, the company's co-founder Derian Baugh learned he and CTO Aaron Hoffman had been accepted into gener8tor, a 12-week Madison, Wisc.-based accelerator. Now the p
This year the Kauffman Foundation wants to pay it forward, giving away one Big Omaha ticket to someone who shows a simple act of kindness to others. On Wednesday, April 23, Kauffman is asking you to follow the following steps: 1) Do something nice 2) Take a photo 3) Tweet the photo to @BigOmaha and include #KauffmanPIF Sound easy enough? All day Wednesday, we’ll be sharing our favorite
Uber and Lyft, two ride sharing services, will face an uphill legal battle as they try to enter the Omaha market. The Public Service Commission, the state agency that regulates transportation services like taxis and limos, sent cease-and-desist orders to both San Francisco-based companies Monday. The Commission says the companies, which use apps to connect drivers in their own vehicles with people
A few hours southeast of Kansas City a group of community leaders are taking steps to build Wichita's entrepreneurial ecosystem. Those steps move forward in a big way Tuesday with the first ICT Unconference taking place at the Wichita Marriot Hotel, starting at 8:30 a.m. and wrapping up with a closing party at 4:15 p.m. Trish Brasted, president of Wichita Technology Corporation, and Bob Loudermilk
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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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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Omaha-based MINDMIXER has selected Kansas City, Mo., as the location for the firm’s national headquarters, creating 85 IT, software and programming jobs. MindMixer will consolidate the company’s offices in Omaha, Neb., and Lincoln, Neb., into the Kansas City office at 1627 Main St., in the Crossroads Art + Design District. “We’re a proud Midwestern company, but in order to
In 2011, Gartner coined the term “cloud service broker:” A cloud services brokerage (CSB) plays an intermediary role in cloud computing. CSBs make it easier for organizations to consume and maintain cloud services, particularly when they span multiple providers. It’s been three years since that term launched, and almost immediately the onset of cloud fatigue crept, en masse, into
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
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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
KC Chamber News Room More than 1000 were nominated, and now ten Kansas City-area businesses have been singled out as the Greater Kansas City Chamber’s 2014 Top 10 Small Businesses. The businesses are judged on criteria established following the example of legendary entrepreneur Ewing Kauffman. The announcement was made at a private reception for the candidate companies on Wednesday, April 16, at
Wichita Business Journal | By Daniel McCoy Shortly before noon on Saturday, I was included on a group message on Facebook from a friend looking for help. What followed over the course of the next few hours was an example of what makes Wichita such a great community. The message was on behalf of some other friends of my Facebook pal who were in town over the weekend along with their 3-year-old daug
Tech Cocktail | By Kira M. Newman Last night we were back in Kansas City for a Mixer & Startup Showcase, and we had a blast! It included the Best Pitch award determined by our live SMS poll and the pre-event Reader’s Choice online poll. To continue reading, click here.
Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce Story Highlight That choice watch or pair of boots you see in a magazine ad. The protein powder you hear about on the radio. Want it? Text it. And then own it. Instantly. That’s the power of BuyNow™, a free mobile commerce app launched from Omaha in October 2013. The brainchild of Shaz Khan and Nidal Babar, co-founders of BuyNow Worldwide, BuyNow lets cons
Forbes | By Darren Heltner Over the past 3 years, every deal reviewed by NFL Players Inc. (the marketing and licensing subsidiary of the NFL Players Association) includes a social media component. That is according to Keith Gordon, President, NFL Players Inc., who also told FORBES that he is really trying to focus NFL Players Inc. on social media because it is such a growing component of all the p
Sports Agent Blog | By Chris Lesley Blake Lawrence is co-founder and CEO of opendorse, an online platform that connects companies with athletes. I had an opportunity recently to talk to him about the company, and how he got his start in the industry. How did you get into the industry? I’ve been around sports my entire life. I joined the Nebraska football team in 2007, as a scholarship linebacke
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
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
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 .
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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...
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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...
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I have some wish list items for Webmaster Tools and G+, some things I would love to see as new free features, but would gladly pay for nonetheless: 1. Please let me moderate new incoming links (as a non-default option): Holy Cow – what an awesome option this would be to have in Webmaster Tools!!! Give site owners the option to moderate all new incoming links – i.e. hold new links in a su
Is Google+ becoming the new 800 Pound Gorilla of search engine optimization? While there is still some debate regarding the degree of impact, it seems pretty clear that various signals from Google+ (aka G+ or Google Plus) help with search engine optimization. In fact, Authorship almost certainly has an impact on rankings and has an undeniable impact on search result pages – your headshot and f
This is a funny title considering it was written by an SEO consultant. It would be every SEO agency’s nightmare if all the companies around the world started doing SEO in-house. Truth be told, it’s possible for businesses to do much of their own search engine optimization. 2013 was a major turning point for SEO. Prior to last year, it was all about backlink accumulation. While high qua
The following post was written by Ilya Tabakh, founder of Somametric, as a follow-up to the group's participation in last month's Appy Hour: Every interaction involves a person! As an interaction agency, Somametric (somametric.com) helps to enhance engagement. We start by asking you about your most important human interaction. Then we bring a deep understanding of human reaction and technology to
As a pedometer obsessed, single girl working at an extremely traditional company that is pushing to be social, the “Ultimate Mix Up of Social Topics” pulled me in immediately but I was concerned about the flow. I expected to hear three completely separate, but interesting panels. What I heard was an underlying theme of how the social contract is adjusting around the continued integration of so
SMCKC'ers! A month or so ago I put out a call to arms of sorts aimed at forming a committee; a committee focused on discussing the possibility of an SMCKC awards show to recognize our members. I have to say, you didn't disappoint! We received an amazing flow of volunteers, some amazingly talented people who I'd like to recognize right now: Hilary Berry, Cheryl Aufdemberge, Lauren Aleshire, Nic
Does this sound familiar? “This social media thing kind of scares me.” Top decision-maker at your company or your client’s company It’s hard to believe that in 2014 there are still business leaders who are hesitant to use social media for their company. And yet many established companies still haven’t taken the plunge. Some company leaders are worried about negative posts, comme
The following blog post was written by Jason Harper, Manager of Interactive Strategy at Summit Marketing and former SMCKC board member, who will be leading our April luncheon about Facebook Ads. Do you remember the days when a business page could post an update on Facebook and people would actually, like, see it? If you’re like me, you became a social media professional for the great storytell
The following post was written by Gene Willis, one of the moderators of this Friday's Ultimate Social Topic Mix-Up Panel - Enjoy the sneak preview, we hope to see you at the event! I've enjoyed being a part of the SMCKC – the camaraderie, the sharing of information, social media connections becoming real-life friends and the like. Additionally, it was a privilege to have presented to the group
KANSAS CITY, Mo., April 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- APT Group, Inc., a propulsion technology company that manufactures and distributes advanced, environmentally friendly transportation, recreation and utility powersport products (www.powerapt.com), today announced that it has reserved its...
ST. LOUIS, April 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Simmons Browder Gianaris Angelides & Barnerd LLC, the largest plaintiff's personal injury firm in the St. Louis area, will again match up to $25,000 in donations to the "$5 for the Fight" Fund that helps union families facing financial...
ST. LOUIS, April 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Patriot Coal Corporation (OTC Pink: PATCA) today issued WARN Act notices at its Wells mining complex located near Wharton, West Virginia, and also at its Corridor G mining complex located near Danville, West Virginia. The Wells...
ST. LOUIS and SOFIA, Bulgaria, April 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Amdocs (NASDAQ: DOX), the leading provider of customer experience systems and services, and Mobiltel (Mtel), the largest mobile service provider in Bulgaria, are the joint winners of the "Best Going the Extra Mile" category in...
ST. LOUIS, April 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Energizer Holdings, Inc., [NYSE: ENR], will report its earnings for the second quarter for Fiscal Year 2014 before the market opens on April 30, 2014. Energizer will discuss its results during an investor conference call that will be...
ST. LOUIS, April 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- EY today announced the finalists for EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2014 in the Central Midwest program. The awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation,...
TOPEKA, Kan., April 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- In the spring of 2004, Andy Marso was preparing to graduate from the University of Kansas with a journalism degree. One night he went to bed early with flu-like symptoms. The next morning he could not walk and there was a strange...
KANSAS CITY, Kan., April 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Mother's Day. It's the one day each year we devote to appreciating moms, but before you order flowers, set up a reservation at a pricey restaurant or head to the jewelry store, it might be a good idea to check in with mom. And you might be...
LEAWOOD, Kan., April 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Mariner Wealth Advisors, an independent wealth advisory firm nationally ranked No. 2 on Barron's 2013 list of Top Independent Financial Advisors, today announced that it is expanding its wealth advisory team by acquiring a majority...
WICHITA, Kan., April 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Spirit AeroSystems Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SPR) will release its first quarter 2014 financial results at 6:30 a.m. Central time Friday, May 2, 2014. President and Chief Executive Officer Larry Lawson and Senior Vice President and Chief...
MANHATTAN, Kan., April 17, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- CivicPlus, a world leader in engaging citizens and community employees through innovative websites, has introduced CivicHR for local government human resource professionals. CivicHR is the only software specifically focused on...
We are advised by Farmers Insurance that journalists and other readers should disregard the news release, Severe Storm Systems Move Through Kansas, issued 16-Apr-2014 over PR Newswire. SOURCE Farmers Insurance
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
A lot of changes have been happening on Twitter lately. Last month they introduced the ability to tag your friends as well as add multiple photos in a single tweet. This month Twitter announced it’s rolling out a new look for profile pages. What’s interesting about this: Twitter is looking a whole lot more like Facebook. The New Layout The biggest change in the new design is the cover photo,
You don’t have to be a Glasshole to know that wearable tech is hot right now. Consumers want wearable tech products like Google Glass, smart watches and especially fitness bands. If the wearable tech gadgets haven’t hit your neighborhood yet, it will be soon. Here are some wearable tech trends you will want to know before the Joneses get in on the action. It is reported that almost one million
Start-up retailer Poshmark has teamed up with the US Postal Service to create a new shipping concept that could change the face of e-commerce shipping in retail. Dubbed ‘PoshPost,’ the new venture is essentially the creation of a new USPS shipping label exclusively for the retail industry. Following a similar model set up under the Media Mail category, which allows books and DVDs to ship at ch
This week was a great one, but a killer one. I went to DC for a client meeting and the agenda was so packed that I didn’t even get a chance to see the lovely cherry trees in bloom before heading home. A first world problem if ever there was one, but I am kind of sad about that. As always, there are a ton of things going on that you should know about, but here are the things that are at the top o
The future of advertising? Always a great topic of conversation. The Kansas City Chapter of the AAF had a terrific event earlier this week and featured some folks from local agencies who shared their thoughts on what’s next. I thought it was interesting, perhaps you will, too. Kansas City has a thriving ad community filled with incredibly smart, incredibly talented people. I might be slightly bi
Time flies when you’re having fun. For the past 25 years, we’ve all had a lot of good times with Internet. But, as the World Wide Web matures, what will the next era of our online lives look like? The Good ‘Ol Days From the early days of adoption, discovery and wonder, we were once such innocent online users, listening to 80s music on cassette tapes as we sat in in the privacy of our own hom