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Thursday, September 27, 2012
KC in the news today
Yessir, our very own Kansas City is in the news today in a pretty cool article out on the interwebs:
9 Cities You Wouldn't Think Are Hubs for Tech Startups
What they (Entrepeneur Magazine) have to say about us, ranked number two in the list:
Why it's hot: This Midwestern city is preparing for an influx of innovation when it gets an instant tech infusion from Google Fiber, which will provide free, gigabit internet to 180 neighborhoods starting in October.
Mayor Sly James has announced Launch KC, a city-sponsored initiative to attract more startups with such enticements as cheap office space and equipment subsidies. Local companies such as Hallmark Cards are donating space to encourage entrepreneurs to try on KC for size.
Startups to watch: Sites like Kansas City Hacker Homes are popping up to link residents with innovators, but not every upstart is new here. Early-stage business incubator and startup accelerator Think Big Partners has been assisting entrepreneurs since 2008. It also invests in local startups, including Eye Verify, a biometrics software developer.