Entrepreneurship reporter Kyle Geary brings you a curated reading list about things related to entrepreneurship and business every week.
1. Tom McDonnell to step down as CEO of Kauffman Foundation — Kansas City Business Journal
Tom McDonnell announced he will resign as CEO of the Kauffman Foundation. McDonnell will step down as president and CEO June 30, and the foundation’s vice president of communications, Wendy Guillies, will assume the role as acting president and CEO July 1.
2. Business startups hit a 30 year low — Kansas City Star
New business startups have hit a 30 year low. According to findings from The Brookings Institution in Washington D.C. and the Kauffman Foundation, the rate of business creation is slower than the rate of business closings.
3. Kansas City Startup Village snags NYC startup — Silicon Prairie News
The Kansas City Startup Village has lured a new business to the area. NexusHQ, a software development company for financial and insurance services, has been based in New York City for the past four years. After reading about the Village in the Wall Street Journal, the company decided to make the move.
4. Prepped for anything: A look inside the Kansas Prepper Expo — The Hale Center For Journalism
Earlier this month Holton, Kan., hosted the Kansas Prepper Expo. It featured a gathering of people selling everything from guns and knives to water purifiers and survival courses. Preppers, as the name implies, prepare for all sorts of events, ranging from floods to nuclear fallout. Kyle Geary traveled to the expo to find out more about the trend.
5. Kansas City–based team wins big at the NASA Space Apps Challenge — Silicon Prairie News
A Kansas City–based team won a national award for this year’s NASA Space Apps Challenge. The team was based out of the Ingenology business incubator in the Crossroads District. The group created Yorbit, a software which allows the user to search satellite images by area and date and then add text to the image. The software won NASA’s Most Inspiring award.