Day: April 3, 2013

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Hack of the Sexes to test hypothesis April 26-27

By SPN Team / April 3, 2013

Organizers of the inaugural Hack of the Sexes competition are using the 24-hour hackathon model as a testing ground for its hypothesis that mixed-gender teams produce better results on the way to a better city.

From April 26-27 at Kauffman Labs, anyone with a passion for their community—designers, artists, developers, engineers and others—can decide whether they would like to be on an all-men, all-women or mixed team. No matter the decision, event participants …

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Emerging Technologies Conference to showcase student projects April 24-25

By SPN Team / April 3, 2013

Students, developers and interested members of the community are invited to attend the tenth annual Emerging Technologies Conference, which will showcase the projects and progress of students in Iowa State University’s Human Computer Interaction program.

The conference, which will be held April 24-25, features live demonstrations of research projects, graduate student competitions and a panel of industry professionals. …

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KCPT to debut “Startups, Made in Kansas City” Thursday

By SPN Team / April 3, 2013

Kansas City Public Television continues to shine a light on startups. Following coverage of entrepreneurs and the growing startup community on “The Local Show” in February, the station is set to debut a new series Thursday: “Startups, Made in Kansas City.” Startups, small businesses …

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Code for America chief of staff sees “civic startup ecosystem” emerging

By SPN Team / April 3, 2013

Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas City, Kan., together are a 2013 Code for America partner city, and Abhi Nemani, the organization’s chief of staff, shared his passion for more connected governments during the final afternoon of our Big Kansas City event last week.

“We’re trying to show what’s possible for governments,” Nemani said. The San Fransisco-based nonprofit aims to show cities how to better use the web to increase efficiency, transparency …

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Bart Stein’s five startup lessons from the company he sold to Yahoo!

By SPN Team / April 3, 2013

Though Bart Stein is no longer part of a startup, he has plenty of advice to share from his experience founding one. In early 2011, he and his co-founder began building Stamped, a mobile app that aimed to show users meaningful recommendations made by their friends. Less than a year after lauching the app, the company was acquired by Yahoo!

Stein and other Stamped team members now work for Yahoo!, where he’s the product …

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Rachel Brooks believes experiences are your “most important asset”

By SPN Team / April 3, 2013

“As founders, we work a lot,” said Rachel Brooks, co-founder of Citizen Made, an online commerce platform for makers of all types. So for fun, she goes on adventures. “It all stems from asking questions and saying yes to an opportunity.”

During her presentation last week at our Big Kansas City event, Brooks encouraged the audience repeatedly to give in to curiosity and seek out adventure. …

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Micah Baldwin urges entrepreneurs to optimize themselves

By SPN Team / April 3, 2013

After years of advising startups and founding companies, Micah Baldwin was tired. During his talk last week at our Big Kansas City event, the serial entrepreneur and founder and CEO of Graphicly told the audience how he became so worn out he almost sold the company.

Graphicly started out as a marketplace for selling comic books. The company changed focus in 2012 to become a provider of tools …

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Reddit co-founder wants you to start working on your idea

By SPN Team / April 3, 2013

Projected behind reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian on the Big Kansas City stage last week was his personal motto in all caps, paired meme-style with a snarling wolf: “Have an idea. Start doing it.”

Before his user-generated website built steam, he had to let another idea crash and burn. At our Big Kansas City event, he shared the story of spending a year researching the viability of My Mobile Menu—an app that hoped to cut wait times for customers …

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