Techstars in Kansas City

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Yesterday Techstars announced the launch of Techstars Kansas City. This is a city-based horizontal accelerator similar to the ones we have in Boulder, Boston, Seattle, Austin, New York City, London and Berlin. I have a long history with Kansas City. I almost grew up in Kansas City, as the two cities my parents looked at when moving from Boston were Kansas City and Dallas (they chose Dallas.)

A $25K Matching Gift To Boost Entrepreneurship in Kansas City Through Storytelling

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Since 2015, Startland News has helped Kansas City entrepreneurs shout their triumphs from the rooftops — a critical piece of storytelling as the local startup community evolves beyond good ideas written on napkins to the home of powerhouse startups and nine-figure exits.


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My New FiberHouse in Kansas City

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I bought a house in Kansas City on Monday. As part of helping create the Kansas City startup community. I’m not taking any equity in these companies – I using a “give before you get” philosophy here to experiment, learn, and help the Kansas City startup community. First, I want to set an example using some of the principles I talk about in Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City.

Turnstone Decks Out My Kansas City House

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It’s been a blast to have a house in Kansas City. And it continues to be really fun to tell the story of the look on Amy’s face when I came home and said “hey – I bought a house in Kansas City today.” The post Turnstone Decks Out My Kansas City House appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Startup Communities fiberhouse google fiber handprint kansas city startup communities turnstone

Live In My Kansas City Fiber House For Free For A Year

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I’m running another competition for a startup to live for a year for free in my Kansas City FiberHouse. When I bought my house in Kansas City in 2013 , I announced my intentions clearly. As part of helping create the Kansas City startup community. The post Live In My Kansas City Fiber House For Free For A Year appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Places competition fiberhood fiberhouse google fiber kansas city

Kansas City here we come

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The Demo Day for the inaugural class of the Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator powered by Techstars is Thursday, June 12 at 5:30pm CST in Kansas City. Three of the four Techstars founders (me, Brad Feld , and David Brown) will be talking about the origins of Techstars and how the mentorship driven accelerator model is impacting communities at the Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator demo day on the afternoon of June 12th in Kansas City.

10/25: What’s New For Techstars in Kansas City

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On Tuesday 10/25 from 4pm – 6pm I’ll be hosting a discussion and happy hour with David Cohen where we will discuss what’s next for Techstars in Kansas City. The post 10/25: What’s New For Techstars in Kansas City appeared first on Feld Thoughts. If you are around and interested, or just interested in saying hi, come by and have a drink with us. Register here.

My Kauffman Fellows Summit Talk

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I’ve recently joined the board of directors and enjoyed spending two days in Kansas City immersed in things with the Kauffman Fellows, a bunch of friends, and a number of LPs and GPs that came to the event. As part of it, I gave a talk and did Q&A with Lesa Mitchell (now the Managing Director of Techstars Kansas City). Entrepreneurship interview kansas city kauffman fellows lesa mitchell

Texas goes to Kansas City for the Kauffman Foundation Eship Summit

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Trey Bowles from The Dallas Entrepreneurship Center (The DEC), Joshua Baer from Capital Factory, JR Reale from Station Houston, and Preston James from DivInc together in Kansas City, MO for the Kauffman Foundation Eship Summit. I attended my first Kauffman Foundation event, the Eship Summit in Kansas City where 400 entrepreneurship community leaders met to share ideas and create a collaborative playbook for entrepreneurship community success. Kansas City, I am in you!

Kauffman Thoughtbook 2015

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I made a few guest appearance, including in the long article about the Kansas City Startup Village. Entrepreneurship kansas city startup village kauffman foundation kauffman thoughtbook startup communities My friends at the Kauffman Foundation have released the Kauffman Thoughtbook 2015. . It’s a beautifully done, well-organized, and super rich with content web document about entrepreneurship.

The Last Week of the KC Fiber House Competition

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The chance to apply to win a slot to live in my Google Fiber enabled house in Kansas City are open for one more week – ending on March 25th at 17:00 CDT. I’m looking for entrepreneurs who are committed to living in Kansas City for a year who have a unique and novel approach to taking advantage of 1 gigibit Internet. TechStars cofounder Brad Feld buys a home in Kansas City, will give startups free housing & Google Fiber.

Sprint and Techstars Launch Startup Accelerator for Mobile Health

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It’s based in Kansas City (Sprint’s headquarters) and is our fourth powered by Techstars accelerator, joining Nike , Kaplan , and R/GA. I’m an enormous fan of four things about the Sprint Accelerator – what we call “PBTS” (powered by Techstars), mobile health, Kansas City, and Sprint. Kansas City has a special place in my heart. TechStars accelerator kansas city mobile health softbank sprint

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The Feld Fiberhouse Is Now The Handprint House

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I’m fascinated about what is going on in Kansas City around Google Fiber and rather than observe, I decided to participate. Startup Communities fiberhood homes for hackers kansas city kc fiberhouse kc startup village The winners of the Feld KC FiberHouse competition , that I’ve done in conjunction with the Kauffman Foundation , is a company called Handprint ! Handprint is working on some amazing 3D printing and editing technology.

Business Lessons Learned on the Baseball Field

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On this episode of the Duct Tape Marketing Podcast, I visit with keynote speaker, leadership expert, and long-time Kansas City broadcaster Joel Goldberg. Goldberg has been a professional broadcaster for 25 years, and has been on the broadcast team with the Kansas City Royals since 2008. On this episode of the Duct Tape Marketing Podcast, I visit with keynote speaker, leadership expert, and long-time Kansas City broadcaster Joel Goldberg.

Transcript of Business Lessons Learned on the Baseball Field

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He is a speaker, MC and a television announcer with 25 years or so under his belt, the last 12 with the Kansas City Royals. John Jantsch: I have to tell you, first off, a lot of my listeners know that I’m in Kansas City and that I’m a Kansas City Royals fan that I got a solid single off of Monte at fantasy camp. When I moved to Kansas City in 2008 I’d come from a job where I was a year round salaried employee in television.

The Public Library Is Stuff That Works

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When my children were little we would make almost weekly treks to the basement of the Plaza branch of the Kansas City library. Stuff That Works ALA Kansas City Public LibraryThis is a new Sunday series that I call Stuff that Works. Each Sunday I pick an item that is for me a foundation element in my line up of stuff that matters or as legendary Texas singer songwriter Guy Clark put it – “The kind of stuff you reach for when you fall.”.

Oddly Correct Way of Doing Business – Local Color Video

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Gregory Kolsto of Oddly Correct Coffee Roasters in Kansas City realized that if couldn’t work for a company he could believe in 100% he would have to create one. HP Gregory Kolsto Kansas City Local Color Oddly Correct Coffee Roasters

How to Create a Bold, Daring and Utterly Irresistible Pricing Model

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I am conducting a full day live and in person workshop in Kansas City in June called – How to Build the Marketing System That Is Perfect for Your Business and I am going to employ this the model of exchanging fee for value. Duct Tape Marketing Marketing Strategy Vision kansas city marketing workshop pricing strategy results based pricing value based pricingThere’s a traditional, somewhat logical, pattern to how business has always been done.

Is Your Business a Pork Belly :: Small Business Marketing Blog.

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Normal is a Commodity Better is Only Better if it’s Different Posted by : John Jantsch on Apr 22, 2011 | 8:22 am Categories : Duct Tape Marketing , Marketing Strategy Tag : Kansas City Board of Trade Popular Posts Adding the Facebook Like. SIMPLE, EFFECTIVE AND AFFORDABLE SMALL BUSINESS MARKETING Home About Consulting Products Programs Workshops Blog Resources Contact Subscribe by RSS Subscribe to Duct Tape Marketing by Email Small Business Week 2011 Our winners!

Denver: Conversation With Chris Sacca

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While I’ll be in Kansas City for a different event, if you support Hillary, are in Denver, and are an entrepreneur or investor, I encourage you to sign up and attend. Chris Sacca (Founder and Chairman Lowercase Capital and star of ABC’s Shark Tank) is in Denver on Tuesday 10/25 at Galvanize from 5:00 PM – 8:30 PM to support Hillary Clinton. Chris has been a friend for many years, is a remarkable investor, and a super compelling speaker.

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The Foundry Group Detroit House

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If you’ve followed my efforts with my Kansas City Fiber House , you’ll know where we are going with this. Since I stay in my guest bedroom at the Kansas City house when I’m there, I’m a fan of this. Ted Serbinski and the team at Techstars in Detroit has been amazingly helpful on all fronts with this, just like Lesa Mitchell, Ben Barreth, and the KCSV folks have been in Kansas City.

On The Road Again

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I’ll be here again today for Venture Atlanta and then I’m on to Kansas City for Techstars Kansas City Demo Day. I was in Atlanta yesterday for Techstars Atlanta Demo Day. Rule #1: Don’t eat the bugs on the window of the 23rd floor of your hotel. I’m being a lot more deliberate about my travel these days. I’m also being more careful about how I do it.

Rackspace Adds Schlitterbahn and Other Hybrid Cloud Customers


Schlitterbahn, based in New Braunfels, has water parks in Texas and Kansas City. Rackspace announced Tuesday that it has landed Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts as a new customer for its hybrid cloud hosting services. The company needed a computing infrastructure that allowed it to scale its operations during times of peak demand. Rackspace already counted […] The post Rackspace Adds Schlitterbahn and Other Hybrid Cloud Customers appeared first on SiliconHills.

Austin Loses $50 Million Smart City Challenge to Columbus


Austin lost its bid to become the winner of $50 million in prizes in the Smart City Challenge from the U.S. Columbus beat Austin, Denver, Portland, Oregon, Kansas City, Missouri, Pittsburgh and San Francisco to win the first […] The post Austin Loses $50 Million Smart City Challenge to Columbus appeared first on SiliconHills. Department of Transportation and Vulcan Philanthropy to Columbus, Ohio, according to a report in The Columbus Dispatch.

Google Officially Announces Google Fiber Coming to Austin


It’s only the second city to get the Google Fiber network which began rolling out in Kansas City, Kan. The Internet’s worst kept secret got confirmed Tuesday. Google announced Google Fiber is coming to Austin. last year. Google officials made the announced Tuesday morning at a packed Brazos Hall conference center downtown filled with more [.] The post Google Officially Announces Google Fiber Coming to Austin appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin Technology

Are You From Where Your Were Born?

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My parents knew one person in Dallas when they moved there, as they chose Dallas (over Kansas City, which was a near second) as a place they wanted to build their life. In the article The biggest tech company founders from every state I win the callout for Arkansas. “Arkansas: Brad Feld has bounced around a lot: born in Arkansas, raised in Dallas, then lived in Boston for over a decade before moving to Boulder, Colorado.

3 Reasons Why Every Business Needs Professional Photos


Ride Digital, a marketing agency in Kansas City , suggests that strong web design and graphic design can help develop your brand voice and show off your business’s story. If you are a business owner or manager, you certainly have put some thought into the way your business presents itself. This could be as simple as painting your storefront or making sure that all of your employees stick to a dress code, but sometimes presentation can go further than that.

The Board Operating System

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Can you, for example, take the SV’s operating system and drag and drop it into Boulder or Kansas City? The SV OS ought to work in a Bolder or Kansas City if we can ‘install it.''” I love the phrase “operating system” to describe things. In the comments to my post yesterday titled The Religion of Silicon Valley , Rosey commented that the choice of metaphor could be “ operating system ” instead of religion.

Sprint to Launch 4G LTE in San Antonio on July 15


And now they don’t have to wait much longer in San Antonio, Houston, Dallas, Atlanta and Kansas City. Judging from the comments on the last Sprint story, customers really want Sprint’s 4G LTE service. Sprint announced its 4G LTE network service starts on July 15. The service should launch in Austin a few months later, [.]. Austin Technology San Antonio Technology Sprint 4G LTE Sprint Vision Network

Empirical Support for the Boulder Thesis

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Yesterday, Kauffman Foundation released a study that provided empirical support for the Boulder Thesis that I came up with in my book Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City. ” Kauffman did a study of 1 Million Cups , a program that was launched at Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City and is expanding rapidly around the US with it now in 33 communities in 21 states.

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Becoming a Great Leader, No Matter What Field You’re In

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Upon returning from his tour in Afghanistan, Kander returned to his hometown of Kansas City, Missouri and became involved in politics. At the time of this interview, he was running for mayor of Kansas City. Upon returning from his tour in Afghanistan, Kander returned to his hometown of Kansas City, Missouri and became involved in politics. At the time of this interview, he was running for mayor of Kansas City.

Will A Different Approach to Search Work?

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In an effort to experiment with a different approach, we recently led an AngelList syndicated investment in one potential search challenger, a Kansas City based startup called who is taking a different approach based on the belief that machine-based algorithms can only get you so far. Google dominates search. Sure, there’s a thing called Bing and a few other choices out there, but everything ends up being the blue and purple link thing curated mostly by machines.

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Joining the Kauffman Fellows Board

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I was around at the beginning, spending a day a month in Kansas City with the Kauffman Foundation as an entrepreneur-in-residence when the program was originally created by a team at the Kauffman Foundation to identify, develop, and network the next generation of global leaders in the venture capital industry using a two-year apprenticeship program. In September, I joined the board of Kauffman Fellows.

Joining The Board of Startup Weekend

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I spent the day in Kansas City yesterday at the Kauffman Foundation for my first Startup Weekend board meeting. Berkeley and Stanford University; Greg Gottesman, managing director at Madrona Venture Group; Laura McKnight, president and CEO of the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation; and Nick Seguin, manager of entrepreneurship at the Kauffman Foundation.

Managing an Expanding Business, With Your Mission Guiding the Way

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This week on the Duct Tape Marketing podcast, I sit down with Matt Scanlon, owner of The Hill KC in Kansas City. His business today is a hybrid: While they still have traditional CrossFit classes, they have also expanded into offering corporate wellness products (with digital products to support an audience outside of the Kansas City area). This week on the Duct Tape Marketing podcast, I sit down with Matt Scanlon, owner of The Hill KC in Kansas City.

Dear Internet: Let’s Demo The Slow Lane

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But even that feels slow after hanging out at my Google fiberhouse in Kansas City and getting 800/? (I Yesterday when we were having Comcast issues in downtown Boulder, I thought about how slow the Internet speed at my office was. For several hours, it was 0 Mbps down and 0 Mbps up (0/0) until I gave up and tethered my iPhone to my computer and used Verizon LTE for the rest of the afternoon.

How to Raise Money When You’re Not in a Major VC Market

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And I am often approached by entrepreneurs in cities which don’t have a vibrant VC community. Just ask the people of Portland, Seattle, Boulder, Iowa, Princeton, Dallas or countless other cities that don’t have enough venture capital. Of course if it’s a company on fire I would travel to any 2-hop city from LA. I’ll pick a mythical company in Kansas City. “I live and work in Kansas City. I travel the country a lot.

Economists Talking at Each Other

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I am blogging from the Economics Bloggers Forum today at the Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City. As a non-economist what I have taken away from the discussion so far this morning is that the long term economic forecast is pretty bleak, and that few of the economists can agree on what has happened to us and what we need to do.

The Incredible Unevenness of Internet Connectivity

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Last week in Kansas City I experience the 1gig internet speed that is provided by Google Fiber. I’m at the The Athenaeum at Caltech which is the alumni club / hotel on Caltech’s campus. I’m on Caltech Guest WiFi and am getting speeds of between 2 and 10 Kbps (e.g. miserably slow). My Verizon phone has one bar and is flickering between 3G and LTE, but is mostly 3G.

SEO for Growth

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He interviews authors every week about the latest in modern marketing and, for this week’s episode of the Duct Tape Marketing Podcast, Doug interviews me and Phil Singleton, CEO of Kansas City SEO & Web Design. My co-author, Phil Singleton, of Kansas City SEO & Web Design , is a self-described “SEO grunt” obsessed with tweaking websites for search engine optimization and functional performance.

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Entrepreneurial Lessons Through Craft Beer

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Couture is the owner and founder of Bier Station in Kansas City, MO, the Midwest’s first craft beer tasting bar and bottle shop all at the same time. As I live in Kansas City, I’ve been able to watch the growth of this entrepreneurial success story first hand. Couture is the owner and founder of Bier Station in Kansas City, MO, the Midwest’s first craft beer tasting bar and bottle shop all at the same time.

Weekend Favs May Nine

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New Kansas City spot Heirloom Bakery and Hearth at 63rd and Oak St. Weekend Favs May Nine written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing. My weekend blog post routine includes posting links to a handful of tools or great content I ran across during the week. I don’t go into depth about the finds, but encourage you check them out if they sound interesting.

The Double Long Weekend Run

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I had two early morning flights (to Kansas City on Tuesday, back home on Wednesday) and didn’t run either day. A few years ago my running coach – Gary Ditsch of Endurance Base Camp – introduced me to the idea of a “double long run.” ” In this I do the typical weekend long run on a Saturday and then repeat it on Sunday. At first, I hated these, but they’ve grown on me and are now my favorite run.