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.)

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.

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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

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.”

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.

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

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.

Compute Midwest To Bring Self Driving Cars To Kansas City

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Tech Conference in Kansas City Imagines The Future Of Autonomous Cars In the Home Of Google Fiber

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.

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.

Three Lessons for Entrepreneurs From the Kansas City Royals

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What small-business owners can learn from the American League champions

In Kansas City, a Leadership Opportunity for MLB

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Baseball fans worldwide will be watching the playoff game in Kansas City on Tuesday night. Major League Baseball can use the moment to pay homage to a larger cause

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.

Why America's Greatest Artists Come to a Tiny Shop in Kansas City to Do Their Work

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Printmaker Michael Sims never intended to open a business, but over more than three decades he's built Lawrence Lithography Workshop into a supplier for some of the country's most prominent art galleries and museums

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.

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Google Fiber Is Officially Coming to Four New Cities

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If this brand of high-speed Internet inspires anything close to the startup activity it spawned Kansas City, this is great news for local entrepreneurs

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.

Kansas City Zoo's male polar bear moving to North Carolina

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) AP) — The Kansas City Zoo's male polar bear will be leaving the zoo for North Carolina

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

The Clever 'Membership' Marketing Trick Used in the NFL

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Teams like the Kansas City Chiefs are boosting season ticket sales by making fans feel like they''re part of the franchise

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.

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.

This Is How You Handle a Bad Yelp Review

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A Kansas City restaurant owner found a clever way to put a nasty reviewer in her place

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.

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.

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Kansas City Sausage to open plant, create 177 jobs

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AP) — Officials say Cumberland County leaders have helped Kansas City Sausage partner with swine powerhouse Smithfield Foods to open a sausage production plant that will create 177 jobsCLINTON, N.C. (AP)

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.

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.

World Series Teams Balanced Patience and Tweaking

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The Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants demonstrate how a little experimentation can go a long way

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. This was my first time visiting Kansas City.

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. Department of Transportation and Vulcan Philanthropy to Columbus, Ohio, according to a report in The Columbus Dispatch.

Why Magic Johnson Believes This Wearable Tech Startup Has Staying Power

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Kansas City-based ShotTracker develops wearable tech for athletes and teams, projecting their stats in real-time to coaches and fans

The Great Google Fiber Experiment

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After one year with Google Fiber, Kansas City is learning that it may take more than just superfast Internet to spur start-up creation. Kansas City is famous for its barbecue, not its start-up scene.

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. “I live and work in Kansas City.

Surging Chiefs have won 16 of past 18 regular-season games

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Second and Third Tier Markets And Beyond

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Between these three cities, another third of startups and investment capital reside. All three of these startup cities are vital and growing rapidly. The same is true of places like Pittsburgh, Des Moines, and Kansas City. I mention those three cities because USV has investments in companies in all three places. The truth is you can build a startup in almost any city in the US today.

Why You Should Care More About Google Fiber

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Take it from Kansas City startups: Fiber is the future. Since Schatz joined another 25 startups in the Kansas City Startup Village, a Fiber-connected residential neighborhood, back in 2013, Google has since rolled out Fiber networks in Austin, Texas, and Provo, Utah.

Startup Communities Are Up To The Entrepreneurs

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If you’re in a city where there’s no clear startup community, the goal is not raise a bunch of money to fund a nonprofit, the goal is not get your government involved. The goal is start finding the other entrepreneurial leaders who are committed to being in your city over the next 20 years. Would you rather bring Boeing to your city or have a startup scene? In Kansas City you bought a house and handed it over to some programmers.

How Quirky Antics Can Help Foster Team Work

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Is it any surprise the Kansas City Royals are ready to rumble? Their culture is clearly a united one, as evidenced by catcher Salvador Perez''s crazy team-building capers

Chiefs put kicker Santos on IR, sign Butker from Panthers

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs have placed kicker Cairo Santos on injured reserve and claimed rookie kicker Harrison Butker off the Carolina Panthers' practice squad