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Speaker Spotlight: Maxine Bédat, Zady co-founder

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As a consumer, we often don’t think of our clothing as having a history. However, each shirt, jacket, dress and pair of shoes have a story. This story is written by the people who source the materials, assemble, package and ship each garment. Yet merely the label marking the country of origin is often as far of a look we’re allowed into this story.  read more

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Steve Case talk and $100K pitch competition added to Big KC lineup

ROTR tour August 27, 2014 by

Less than 10 weeks after successfully completing its first Rise of the Rest Tour, Revolution, in partnership with UP Global, Google for Entrepreneurs, Engine Advocacy and Startup Grind announced today the launch of a second to come in early October. Spearheaded by Revolution’s CEO Steve Case, the tour will seek to shine light on Midwest entrepreneurial communities by hosting a day of events centered around the cities’ startups, with Big Kansas City hosting the tour stop on October 9.  read more

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How Big Kansas City helped my bottled-up startup idea run free

Big KC crowd August 26, 2014 by

As we prepare for Big Kansas City 2014, we asked 2013 attendee Lacey Ellis to share her conference experience and why she’ll be a return attendee. Ellis is the founder and CEO of LittleHoots, a fast, fun and easy way to capture all the wonderful things your children say with beautiful designer templates that bring those moments to life instantly. Prior to founding LittleHoots, Ellis was a 10-year veteran in the advertising industry.  read more

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Speaker Spotlight: Marissa Sackler, founder of Beespace

Marissa Sackler August 14, 2014 by

In November of 2013, Marissa Sackler decided to take a widely-used concept implemented by the tech industry and apply it in the nonprofit sector. She launched Beespace, an incubator for early stage nonprofits. Beespace hosts organizations that work to solve a wide variety of issues throughout the world from organ donation to education in low-income areas, each receiving a two-year residency.  read more

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Speaker Spotlight: Mike Johnston of

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Mike Johnston is considered one of the most skilled drummers in the world. I know - that’s a big statement. But Mike began playing at the age of 5, receiving private lessons from drummers who have played for the likes of Journey, Eric Clapton, Chaka Khan and Johnny Cash. His band - Simon Says - was signed to a major record deal when he was only 21. Over the course of the next five years, he would tour the world and set the stage for a great career ahead.  read more

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