SPN has had the honor to share many of your stories – closing of funding rounds, new partnerships along with so many more. Today we are adding to the SPN news feed a little breaking news of our own. We are incredibly excited to announce that we have been acquired by the Omaha based AIM Institute. For over 6 years, SPN has watched the community of startups and entrepreneurs grow across the Silico
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, full of eggnog and presents, mistletoe and ugly sweaters. Although it would be fun to say that this past week we were sharing some holiday cocktails with Santa, we were instead heads down working on something pretty amazing for next year. Like anything “pretty amazing”, our attorneys won’t let us talk about it, but know that we are more than excit
OVERLAND PARK, Kan.—Boutique Window, an online marketing and social media platform founded in 2012 in Lincoln, on Monday announced it had been acquired by Retail Success out of Overland Park, Kan. The startup’s goal has been to help merchants market themselves efficiently online through a one-stop platform of social media, email marketing and e-commerce tools. It provides a large library
OMAHA—On Monday HealthInterlink, a medical software company focused on remote patient monitoring, was acquired by Welch Allyn, Inc., a leading medical diagnostic device company headquartered in Skaneateles Falls, NY. HealthInterlink’s software incorporates wireless patient monitoring devices with mobile devices to transmit medical data like vital signs and answers to patient care pla
The Cub Scouts met in the Kansas City Startup Village to learn more about entrepreneurship. KANSAS CITY—On Nov. 22, a small group of Kansas City area Cub Scouts got a chance to learn a little about what it means to be an entrepreneur. “I was really impressed with the kind of program they got together,” said John Kreicbergs, president of Kid Rocket Studios, a children’s entertainment com
Omaha-based Grain & Mortar created a holiday-themed “thank you” for the University of Nebraska. Every Monday Silicon Prairie News’ editorial team will share some of the interesting regional content we’ve read as well as SPN’s most-read stories into a weekly recap. SPN’s most-read stories from last week “Men’s Style Lab announces $1.85M angel inves
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
Comparing search engine optimization consulting and online marketing services can often be challenging when it comes to hiring the right one for your small business. Achieving high organic search engine rankings requires an in-depth strategy...
WordPress was released on May 27, 2003 as a free and open source blogging (personal publishing) platform. Since that time, thousands of volunteers around the world have contributed to make WordPress the fully fledged Content Management System (CMS...
The Content Marketing Institute, Marketing Profs, and Brightcove conducted a study concerning marketing strategy as it relates to content marketing. The results were highlighted in a very interesting infographic that is the main source of the...
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...
We’ve all heard that 90 percent of startups fail. That’s why resources like VCs, incubators and accelerators are so valuable, to help reduce risk and accelerate growth with funding and industry connections. But even with all the financial resources and business relationships in the world, a startup can do only so much with a small team or limited knowledge. And having access to resources is mu
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. Freightquote acquired for $365 million | Read more The Lean Lab will host KC’s first Startup Weekend EDU for innovation in education | Read more Local startup called “one of the worl
As we close out 2014, KCnext is privileged to reflect on the most successful year in the history of this organization. We owe a tremendous thanks to our members and community partners, who were critical in supporting our work to grow the Kansas City regional tech industry. However, even as we look back on a year of membership growth, successful events and policy advocacy, we also must look forwar
Each month, we round up the biggest stories about Kansas City’s technology industry and share them in our monthly newsletter. You can also find the headlines we’re tracking here on the NextTalk blog. EMFLUENCE HACKS NEW APIKC-based emfluence hosted a hackathon earlier this year to test its new API, in beta. Check out the four teams that competed and the apps they built using data from
KCnext – The Technology Council of Greater KC, hosted its annual Reverse Pitch event to a sold-out crowd at Union Station. [View the story "KC Reverse Pitch 2014" on Storify]
By this time, we all know that “There’s an app for that.” From shopping to fitness-tracking to time-killing games, if you can conjure it, chances are you can download it to your mobile device. As the mobile applications industry has evolved–from something Steve Jobs wanted nothing to do with to a soon-to-be $77 billion industry–so too have mobile app development firms
Business Magazine | By Scott Shultz Launching a gigabit Internet service was not part of the original plan for Baldwin City-based software engineering firm, Reflective Group. Founded in 2011, the primary reason behind the startup was the founders’ love for the “moral competitive advantage” of small town America, combined with the lack of jobs for “geeks like them.” This startup quickly m
OsteoQC a company devoted to developing therapies for the treatment of bone-related diseases today announced the closing of seed financing round. Lumira Capital Investment Management via its Merck Lumira Biosciences Fund led the financing, which represents part of Lumira’s ongoing strategy to build early stage highly innovative health care technology companies with significant growth potent
Silicon Prairie News | By Megan Bannister On Wednesday, ABPathfinder announced a “significant Series A investment” led by FCA Venture Partners, a Nashville-based venture capital firm focused on health care. Previous ABPathfinder investor Dundee Venture Capital and Arkansas-based Tonic Fund also contributed to the round. Terms of the raise were not disclosed. “We continue to have strong acc
Wall Street Journal | By Jacob Bunge U.S. agricultural companies reached an agreement with farm groups on principles governing the companies’ use of crop data, a deal aimed at allaying privacy and information-security concerns as the Farm Belt embraces new technology. The first-of-its-kind accord, expected to be announced Thursday by the American Farm Bureau Federation, marks the biggest step ye
Moblico is excited to announce that we have launched a new app in partnership with VML and Gimbal that uses proximity and location-based technology and augmented reality to relive the historical moments of an iconic Kansas City landmark. New app, Living History, showcases the history of Kansas City’s Union Station [VML] Kansas City’s Union Station and marketing agency VML today announced the
AgWired.com | By Chuck Zimmerman We’re living in a mobile technology society and that’s so true of farmers today. Now farmers have a new technology to look at that will allow them to take advantage of all the data they’re creating in a new way. During the Develop with Deere conference this week I met Jason Tatge, Farmobile. Here’s Jason giving me a live demonstration on his tablet of what
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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A domestic abuse shelter in Harrisonville, MO, Hope Haven of Cass County provides safety and shelter for victims of sexual and domestic abuse and violence in the community. Opened in the summer of 1995, the battered women and children’s shelter has served more than 14,000 victims in the nearly 19 years since its inception. The […] The post Hope Haven Of Cass County appeared first on .
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SEO is a male dominated field. As I think back on the thousands of SEO blog posts and articles I’ve read over the years, the vast majority of them were written by men. That being said, last week when I asked myself to name the top women in SEO (without searching), only four names came […] The post The Top 5 Women In SEO Today appeared first on .
We are a diverse team of highly entrepreneurial web developers and Internet marketing professionals. We have office space in Overland Park off of 135th and Metcalf, but we’ve found that the very best talent in our industry likes to work from home – not because they have to, because they CAN. This is the hallmark […] The post Job: Website Project Manager & Customer Support appeared f
The Pipeline Entrepreneurial Fellowship has announced its 2015 class of 13 high-potential entrepreneurs, who will participate in a yearlong program of training, networking and mentoring. This year’s class includes four entrepreneurs from the Kansas City metro: Callie England, founder and CEO of Rawxies, a line of healthy snacks Jill Minton, founder of t.Loft, which operates three eateries spec
Lenexa’s TDB Communications is embarking on a new mentor-protégé relationship that could help the company win more government business. Founded in 1999, TDB Communications provides contract staffing for light industrial, administrative, clerical, engineering, IT and other work. It will be partnering with a larger contractor, MAXIMUS Federal Services, as part of the Department of Homeland Secur
Brad Feld—a nationally recognized thought leader on startups—is the latest expert to share his advice through the Kauffman Founders School’s free online video series. Feld will provide guidance on forming and running boards for startups. His eight-part series, the appropriately named “Startup Boards,” will be released via the Founders School website over the next several weeks. The video
Three of Overland Park’s fastest-growing businesses—DEG, Netsmart Technologies and Object Technology Solutions—will be presented NOVA Awards from the Overland Park Chamber Economic Development Council. The OP Chamber EDC’s annual awards program is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at the Sheraton Overland Park. Each of the NOVA winners has experienced tremendous growth. Nets
This week’s 1 Million Cups at the Kauffman Foundation featured startups pitching an online platform that aggregates podcasts and an app to build personal contact networks. The panel of startup inquisitors consisted of Mindy Hart, associate director of the Entrepreneurial Leadership Project at MidAmerica Nazarene University; and George Brooks, an original organizer of 1 Million Cups and founder o
COMMWORLD of Kansas City is being sold to vice president and longtime employee Curt Wiens. The company was founded 33 years ago as Communications World of Kansas City. Wiens started working with COMMWORLD just a few months later as a contractor. He’s succeeding owners Bob and Linda Bennett, who are starting a new venture, CHANGES at LightSpeed. “Curt has been an integral part of the success of
2014 was an eventful and exciting year for small businesses. Of course the same thing can be said for every year! I’ve asked ten highly experienced small business marketing experts from around North America to share their predictions for 2015 and the challenges and opportunities they foresee in the coming year. 1. Scott Stern, Red Stripe Strategy: The whole definition of marketing in mos
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
Maybe winning an AMPS award won't necessarily bring you fame and fortune, but it may bring you the recognition you need as a leader in social media marketing. With our extended deadline approaching Friday, I'd like to put out one last call for AMPS submissions! If you're an agency, business, or non-profit/government org that has run a campaign in social during 2014, entering to be recognized take
Well this is kind of awkward.. When planning our first ever AMPS awards, recognizing locally created Social Media campaigns, we wanted to make sure that we left agencies/companies/individuals plenty of time to submit. The first of December sounded great! Unfortunately we didn't foresee how much the late Turkey Day holiday would disrupt these submissions. With that, we've received quite a few
We’ve heard some feedback that as you’re preparing your award-winning campaign submissions, you may want to see ALL fields from the entire submission form (without having to enter partial data in the required fields). Your wish is our command! Below, you’ll see the entire submission process for the 2015 AMPS Awards. Feel free to use this as a template to prep your submissions before you ente
Kansas City small business owners need your help marketing their businesses. The Social Media Club of Kansas City is providing support to SCORE, an organization that provides resources and expertise to help existing and emerging small businesses. SCORE’s clients are entrepreneurs running local businesses of a wide variety - from brick and mortar storefronts to services and even consulting compan
The Communications Committee is looking for someone to help us with basic social media graphics about our events. SMCKC has three events each month that we'd like to have facebook and twitter graphics made for to increase visibility on social sites. The graphics should be sized correctly for the appropriate medium, but can take any creative path the creator would like. If you are interested, pleas
Everyone knows branding is important. But gone are the days when “Our product/service is great. You should buy it!” type ads were effective in getting customers in the door. It’s 2014 and consumers are slammed with tons of TV commercials, Internet ads, and billboards on a daily basis. “Buy this product because it’s awesome” just isn’t cutting it anymore. Even when it comes to buying
ST. LOUIS, Jan. 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- From urban cat owners in multi-floor walkups, to parents who could use help with litter box chores or cat lovers who just have trouble lifting their litter, Tidy Cats® understands some lifestyles require a lighter litter. That's why...
CLAYTON, Mo., Jan. 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Olin Corporation's (NYSE: OLN) Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of 20 cents on each share of Olin common stock. The dividend is payable on March 10, 2015 to shareholders of record at the close of business...
KANSAS CITY, Mo., Jan. 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The law firms of Horn Aylward & Bandy, LLC, Walters Bender Strohbehn & Vaughan, P.C., Korein Tillery LLC, and Girardi & Keese announce that a federal district court in Kansas overseeing a multidistrict litigation proceeding (MDL...
ST. LOUIS and SEATTLE, Jan. 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Anheuser-Busch today announced it has agreed to purchase Elysian Brewing Company, based in Seattle, Washington. For nearly 20 years, Elysian has brewed an award-winning portfolio of beers, including Immortal IPA and some of the...
ST. LOUIS, Jan. 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Enterprise Holdings – which owns and operates the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands – yesterday received two top honors at the 2015 Travvy Awards Gala, presented by travAlliancemedia....
KANSAS CITY, Mo., Jan. 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Dream Big America (www.DreamBigAmerica.us), powered by Sprint (www.Sprint.com), announced the third set of January's contestants on this morning's national radio show. The three companies that presented on the show were Wistry, Shuvalot, and...
TOPEKA, Kan., Jan. 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Capitol Federal Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: CFFN) (the "Company") will have available on its website, www.capfed.com, at 10:00 a.m. central time on January 27, 2015, the slide presentation for its annual meeting of stockholders being held at...
MISSION, Kan., Jan. 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- (Family Features) If you're looking for a little variety to spice up your life, cooking with a versatile veggie such as the sweet potato may give your menu the satisfying kick you crave, along with a healthy dose of the nutrients...
WICHITA, Kan., Jan. 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Spirit AeroSystems Holdings, Inc. [NYSE: SPR] will release its fourth quarter and full-year 2014 financial results at 6:30 a.m. Central Time Tues., Feb. 3, 2015. President and Chief Executive Officer Larry Lawson and Senior Vice...
MISSION, Kan., Jan. 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- (Family Features) You don't need to be an expert on taxes or the new health care law to get it right. The Internal Revenue Service, in partnership with industry-leading companies, is offering free tax software that will do the hard work...
OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Jan. 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- QTS Realty Trust (NYSE: QTS), one of the nation's largest and fastest-growing providers of data center facilities and cloud services and a leader in security and compliance, continues to lead the data center industry with their investment...
LUTHERVILLE, Md., Jan. 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI) today applauded the significant results achieved by Kansas' real-time, stop-sale pseudoephedrine (PSE) tracking system in 2014. The National Precursor Log Exchange (NPLEx)...
Whether you are a small or large business owner, hiring an SEO firm is something that should be approached carefully. Not all firms are created equal, not all have integrity, and certainly not all are capable of producing results. Search engine optimization is essential for helping companies get found in the search engine results pages for their most important search terms or keywords, but choosin
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
January is universally known as the New Year’s resolution month. People commit to losing weight, getting organized, spending more time with family, staying fit, eating healthy, and a host of other things. Unfortunately, according to a 2014 University of Scranton Journal of Clinical Psychology, only eight percent are successful in actually achieving their resolution. For corporate America, o
The generation born in the 1980s and early 90s, sometimes called Gen Y or, more commonly, Millennials, are now making an impact in the workplace. Born into the emerging world of technology and communication, the expectations of Millennials and their outlook on the workplace generally differs from that of their predecessors, meaning that a greater understanding of this cohort is needed in order to
We’re seeing some prominent themes emerging in the online space this week, including the battle between YouTube and Facebook for video views. Without any further delay, let’s get right to it then! Industry Facebook and YouTube Go Head to Head Over The Avengers With the posting of the new Avengers trailer this past week; the battle for video views between Facebook and YouTube is in full swing.
If you’re like me, you’re probably watching a lot of videos posted on Facebook these days. That’s because video on Facebook is absolutely booming. No surprise there. Video captures attention in a way that other content often doesn’t. From a marketing standpoint, video is a powerful way to boost exposure and engagement. Videos tend to capture attention as you scroll through the Newsfeed, th
Wasn’t it great to get past the holiday break and return to normal life? I know I loved having a nice break with the family, but I’m always really happy when it’s all over. Hopefully you all had a nice break, too, and your New Year is off to a good start. As we get back into the swing of things, we came across a lot of interesting happenings from across the interwebs this past week. Industry
With algorithm updates like Panda, Penguin and Pigeon, marketers and their SEO teams have had to adapt the way they work to continue to produce effective outcomes. Continuing to employ tactics based on outdated practices, things like ineffective link building or those ridiculous press releases blasted all over the Web, is now more likely to do exponentially more harm than good. If you’re living