Kyle Geary — The Hale Center For Journalism
Entrepreneurship reporter Kyle Geary brings you a curated reading list about things related to entrepreneurship and business every Monday.
1. Kansas City receives high marks from credit agencies — The Hale Center For Journalism
This week the city of Kansas City, Mo., received high praise results from Moody’s Investors Group and Standard and Poor’s rating services. The agencies reviewed the state of the city’s 2014 series special obligation bonds and affirmed the state of the city’s general obligation debt, as well.
2. Polsinelli announces partnership with Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator — Silicon Prairie News
Kansas City–based law firm Polsinelli announced it will partner with the Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator for sponsorship as well as for legal counsel. With this deal, Polsinelli also agreed to provide $10,000 credits for companies to cover legal fees, as long as the companies agree to use them as their primary counsel.
3. Iowa-based small business rebrands, will open shop in Kansas City — Silicon Prairie News
The Iowa-based small business Fullstack has rebranded and expanded. The company, formerly known as Cramer Dev, has announced its intention to expand into Kansas City. Fullstack has announced that Johnny Kot, one of the founding member of the Kansas City Startup Village, will serve as the leader in the Kansas City branch.
4. Boulevardia’s Taps and Tastes tickets sell out in under 20 minutes — Kansas City Star
Tickets for Boulevardia’s Taps and Tastes event sold out in 17 minutes Wednesday morning. The $75 tickets allow individuals to sample beers from over 35 breweries and food from 12 local restaurants. General admission tickets are still available.
5. Kansas City based startup Briefcase opens platform to all Rockhurst students — Silicon Prairie News
Kansas City–based startup Briefcase has opened up its services to all Rockhurst University students. The company originally made a deal with the university last October, but it was only available to graduate students in the Helzberg School of Management. Briefcase has also added three more schools to their service, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Park University, and the Trulaske College of Business at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
6. After Report: 1 Million Cups with FEWDM Fitness and Farmobile — The Hale Center for Journalism
Each Wednesday morning, entrepreneurs pack into the Kauffman Foundation for 1 Million Cups to see entrepreneurs pitch their businesses and network with each other. This week, entrepreneurship reporter Kyle Geary was amongst the entrepreneurs to see FEWDM Fitness and Farmobile speak and reported his findings.
7. Missouri eyeing tax breaks for angel investors — Kansas City Star
A bill introduced into the Missouri General Assembly aims to bring tax incentives for angel investors. States like Kansas already have incentives like this in place, and, on the Missouri side of the state line, some lawmakers are eager to institute a similar practice in hopes that it will spur more investment in the Show-Me State.
8. Sprint CEO is highest paid person in KC public company — Kansas City Star
Dan Hesse, CEO of Sprint, has set the record for highest annual compensation last year at $49 million. According to the Kansas City Star, this was nearly four times the amount he received the previous year, but this was due in part to Softbank’s acquisition of the telecommunication company.
9. Digital Sandbox exceeds fundraising expectations for startups — Kansas City Business Journal
Digital Sandbox KC, an organization which helps startups with commercialization, has met its fundraising goal of $7 million six months earlier than expected. The organization set a goal to help 10 startups secure funding originally, but ultimately nearly doubled that number, assisting 19.
10. Profile : Think Big’s Herb Sih — Kansas City Business Journal
Herb Sih, managing partner and co-founder of Think Big Partners, details his history and offers advice about business and the American Dream in this profile. Sih explains how his company can help decrease the number of failed startups while also explaining where he gets his work ethic.