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Re: KC tech|startups|entrepreneurial thread

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Re: KC tech|startups|entrepreneurial thread

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Re: KC tech|startups|entrepreneurial thread

Postby earthling » Tue May 06, 2014 11:57 am

KC tops this list of cities to start an online biz, thanks to Google Fiber...
http://highspeedinternet.com/blog/web-2 ... businesses

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Re: KC tech|startups|entrepreneurial thread

Postby earthling » Wed May 21, 2014 2:48 pm

Cisco selects KC for a "Smart City" project, specifically downtown...

http://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/n ... l?page=all

James said Kansas City soon will launch pilot tests to build smart lighting, interactive digital kiosks, high-definition security video and other high-tech solutions to help residents in Downtown.

"This is going to give our entrepreneurs a chance to build their own unique, innovative application to enhance the public experience and even solve some deep-rooted city-related problems." he said. "Kansas City is going to be a beta for entrepreneurs all across the world to test applications and technology. It gives entrepreneurs the ability to scale up quickly in a cost-efficient manner by giving them a living, breathing client — that being the city of Kansas City, Missouri — to test their ideas."

Troy Schulte, city manager of Kansas City, said in a question-and-answer with Cisco officials that he thinks the smart city model can be used as part of Kansas City's coming streetcar. For example, he said, sensors along the streetcar's 2.2-mile first phase could notify operators of a track issue or police of a car parked on the track.

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Re: KC tech|startups|entrepreneurial thread

Postby Pork Chop » Wed May 21, 2014 3:06 pm

earthling wrote:Cisco selects KC for a "Smart City" project, specifically downtown...

http://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/n ... l?page=all

James said Kansas City soon will launch pilot tests to build smart lighting, interactive digital kiosks, high-definition security video and other high-tech solutions to help residents in Downtown.

"This is going to give our entrepreneurs a chance to build their own unique, innovative application to enhance the public experience and even solve some deep-rooted city-related problems." he said. "Kansas City is going to be a beta for entrepreneurs all across the world to test applications and technology. It gives entrepreneurs the ability to scale up quickly in a cost-efficient manner by giving them a living, breathing client — that being the city of Kansas City, Missouri — to test their ideas."

Troy Schulte, city manager of Kansas City, said in a question-and-answer with Cisco officials that he thinks the smart city model can be used as part of Kansas City's coming streetcar. For example, he said, sensors along the streetcar's 2.2-mile first phase could notify operators of a track issue or police of a car parked on the track.


exciting times for KC...keep the momentum going

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Re: KC tech|startups|entrepreneurial thread

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Re: KC tech|startups|entrepreneurial thread

Postby shinatoo » Tue May 27, 2014 6:46 pm

An "Unconference"? Nonsensical marketing is a huge turn off.
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Postby chaglang » Tue May 27, 2014 7:30 pm

shinatoo wrote:An "Unconference"? Nonsensical marketing is a huge turn off.

Sponsored by Sprite, the un-cola.

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Re: KC tech|startups|entrepreneurial thread

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Re: KC tech|startups|entrepreneurial thread

Postby shinatoo » Wed May 28, 2014 9:03 am

pash wrote:"Unconference" is a silly but meaningful term. It refers to a new-fangled sort of conference with lots of group discussions and informal talks in which the audience and speakers interact a lot more than at a typical conference.


Un is a prefix that means not. So I guess they are not having a conference. So I shouldn't feel bad for not missing it.
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Re: KC tech|startups|entrepreneurial thread

Postby earthling » Wed May 28, 2014 9:07 am

KC hits PC World top 10 tech cities to call home...
http://www.pcmag.com/slideshow/story/32 ... all-home/1

They attribute Google Fiber but don't mention or realize KC area has more tech/telcom employment than Austin and Portland. And Cicso announcement not mentioned - Internet of Things is the next expected major tech wave and KC will be a major part of Cisco's research.

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Re: KC tech|startups|entrepreneurial thread

Postby pash » Wed May 28, 2014 12:25 pm

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Re: KC tech|startups|entrepreneurial thread

Postby shinatoo » Wed May 28, 2014 6:42 pm

pash wrote:
shinatoo wrote:So I shouldn't feel bad for not missing it.

You will be unmissed, I'm sure.

Now i'm confused. Too many made up words!
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Re: KC tech|startups|entrepreneurial thread

Postby earthling » Wed Jun 04, 2014 9:59 am

KC attracts US HQ from another Australian animal health company. They'll be located in American Century building off the Plaza.

http://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/n ... rters.html

"Kansas City is the obvious best location to launch Jurox's U.S. operations," Jurox Managing Director John O'Brien said. "Missouri offers a broad portfolio of animal health companies, a first-rate talent pool and a superior transportation network that connects us to clientele around the country and globe. Kansas City's reputation and resources in animal sciences provides advantages you can't find elsewhere."


They might be in for a big surprise on 'a superior transportation network' unless they meant to say telcom infrastructure or maybe freight. But another good score.

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Re: KC sci|tech|startups|entrepreneurial thread

Postby earthling » Tue Oct 07, 2014 2:26 pm

KC's white collar jobs, especially sci/tech services jobs have been continuing to do pretty well, slightly higher than but not same growth as Austin so Austin likely to pass up. BLS generates reports with different scales, I don't have control of that - note the values, not the graphs.

KC Metro Sci/Tech Services employment Aug 2010-2014 - 82K, about 13K adds since 2010
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STL Metro - Sci/Tech - 76K, about 4K adds since 2010 (even though STL metro 30% larger)
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Austin Metro - Sci/Tech - 81K, over 20K adds since 2010 (next for Google Fiber)
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Portland Metro - Sci/Tech - nearly 65K, about 11K added since 2010 (possibly next for Google Fiber)
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KC Info/Telcom Services Employment Aug 2010-2014 - taking a hit with Sprint, but Web services also included here...
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STL - Info/Telcom
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Austin - Info/Telcom
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Portland - Info/Tecom
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Cerner should give a bigger boost once they get their new HQ kicking into gear, 15K adds over next few year alone. Sprint will dump some in short term but could boost again if they can turn around. Hard to say what will come of Cisco's Internet of Things project Downtown - Cisco is losing ground with their trad biz and they are putting all eggs in IoT basket, which could be great for KC or end up meaning nothing - but Cisco is the one taking the risk.

edit: Source - click on state/metro then Pro/Biz Services, then Pro/Sci/Tech services...
http://data.bls.gov/pdq/querytool.jsp?survey=sm
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Re: KC sci|tech|startups|entrepreneurial thread

Postby earthling » Thu Oct 09, 2014 5:40 pm

Good comprehensive article of what's going on in KC since Google Fiber arrived....
http://www.computerworld.com/article/26 ... iness.html

Although methinks Michael Liimatta is consistently exploiting outside media to support his org that has lost funding (page 2). He doesn't really tell the whole story, just the bits and pieces that promote his org.

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Re: KC sci|tech|startups|entrepreneurial thread

Postby earthling » Mon Oct 13, 2014 4:02 pm

Google experimenting with telemedicine. I wonder if KU Med or Cerner are involved. When Google Fiber had initial contest and announced KC, they pointed out a KU Med/Cerner proposal on using Google Fiber for telemedicine...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/1 ... 77128.html

Edit: After a quick search, there does seem to be some form of connection with Google Helpouts and Cerner...
https://helpouts.google.com/10613634570 ... f57febf427

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Re: KC sci|tech|startups|entrepreneurial thread

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Re: KC sci|tech|startups|entrepreneurial thread

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Re: KC sci|tech|startups|entrepreneurial thread

Postby earthling » Fri Nov 14, 2014 8:20 am

Oakland CA Solar company opening downtown KC office starting with about 50 jobs, to eventually add nearly 600 jobs, including design engineering...
http://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/n ... l?page=all

KC Star says it's a national office and that KC won out over 50 cities considered...
http://www.kansascity.com/news/business ... 25975.html

Curious they make the selection just days after Google Fiber announces small/med biz class Gigabit service in KC for only $100. Hopefully we'll see more SMBs and startups moving into KC. The Star article says KC drew 4 SF Bay Area companies to KC within last year.


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