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Our 10 favorite Missouri startup stories of 2016

MyEDmatch founder and CEO Alicia Herald.

Silicon Prairie News covers the tech startup scene across Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri. Here are our most popular stories from Missouri this year:

1. How Ulytic solves urban traffic problems in real time (Columbia)

The urban traffic analytics startup from Columbia, Missouri, joined the Straight Shot accelerator in Omaha, Nebraska, this summer.

2. QA with Alicia Herald, 2014 Innovator of the Year (Kansas City / St. Louis)

In January we caught up with Alicia Herald, founder and CEO of myEDmatch, which helps teachers and schools find the perfect fit in order to increase retention.

3. OneSpace is changing the way businesses find quality freelancers (St. Louis)

In October we profiled one of St. Louis’ most successful startups. The OneSpace team of 63 has raised $21.5 million in their Series A and Series B rounds of funding and serves an online community of over 100,000 active freelancers.

4. Aisle411 is building the future for the “Internet of Stores” (St. Louis)

At the beginning of the year we met Nathan Pettyjohn, founder and CEO of Aisle411, who is looking to bring the online tools of sites like Amazon to the brick-and-mortar retail experience.

5. HidrateSpark’s highly anticipated smart water bottle will ship in March (Kansas City)

As of February, the Sprint Accelerator grads had presold over 16,000 units of their smart responsive fitness water bottle.

6. Swizzle turns online text into business intelligence (St. Louis)

“We can take text and give you the sort of insights that a human would be able to give,” said Nick Szabo, COO of Swizzle in October. “It’s keyword analysis, sentiment analysis, tone analysis, going into topic modeling and having smart programs figure out trends, etc. It’s a really interesting world.”

7. FinVR combines AI and augmented reality for investors (St. Louis)

Mark Neville’s FinVR combines virtual reality and artificial intelligence and brings it to the world of investing.

8. Appticles solves mobile publishing for content creators (St. Louis)

As of April the WordPress mobile plugin was the second largest WordPress mobile plugin on the market with over 850,000 downloads.

9. Sam Altman: “We want to hire more St. Louis startups” (St. Louis)

Y Combinator president and native St. Louis native Sam Altman on biotech startups, the role of accelerators and the advantages of building companies in cities outside of Silicon Valley.

10. KC Drone Company’s Casey Adams: “The biggest challenge is perception” (Kansas City)

Casey Adams shares his experience launching a drone technology startup in Kansas City.

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