How Connectivity is Fueling Kansas City’s Growth

Some cities rely on great public transit, affordable housing, or some combination of loans, grants, and tax cuts to attract new businesses. Kansas City is trying something different: superior connectivity. Better broadband services and improved digital connectivity are crucial for business development, and recent improvements in both are turning this once flyover city into one of the country’s top innovation hubs. Kansas City’s journey to become a Silicon Valley for the heartland really took off in 2011, when Google selected it to be the first in the country to receive Fiber—a superfast broadband internet service that can deliver speeds up to 100 times faster than the national average. Google’s $300 million investment in the city created jobs for contractors and construction workers who built the system in the short term. But after Fiber went live, faster data speeds attracted dozens of startups from across the region and helped boost local […]

How Connectivity is Fueling Kansas City’s Growth

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D.C. just held the startup Olympics. The winning companies will blow you away

Next month in Rio, the world’s greatest athletes will gather to compete for the title of fastest runner and highest jumper, best swimmer and sharpest shooter. Recently, one group in D.C. held a rather similar global competition, only rather than looking for the world’s fastest or strongest, the group sought to find the most innovative. And for the third year running, the competition was as fierce and the competitors were inspiring. Based in the nation’s capital, 1776 only invests in companies that are tackling challenges in areas like education, energy and sustainability, health care, and transportation. Approximately six weeks ago, the incubator—which is also a longtime partner of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce—wrapped up its third annual global startup competition, called the Challenge Cup, in which the group seeks to identify the most impactful startup on Earth. During the challenge, new and early-stage companies from 54 cities competed in local […]

D.C. just held the startup Olympics. The winning companies will blow you away

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These Startups are Solving Some of The World’s Biggest Health Problems

From genetic sequencing to smart contact lenses, American startups are disrupting the healthcare industry both in the United States and around the world. What’s driving the recent boom in health-tech innovation? America’s aging population, healthcare reforms and more advanced, more affordable technology that makes it easier for digital health businesses to succeed are all part of the equation. As the Baby Boomers retire, healthcare spending in the U.S. is expected to increase 5.8 percent a year through 2025, at which time spending is projected to hit $5.6 trillion, close to double an estimated $3.2 trillion total in 2016, according to a report by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. At the same time, the Affordable Care Act rewards more efficient medical care. Startups that manage to gain traction in the healthcare space will find themselves in a fast-growing industry that is hungry for new services that provide more efficient […]

These Startups are Solving Some of The World’s Biggest Health Problems

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Reversing the LeBron Effect: Cleveland Looks to Attract Young Talent

Cleveland is working to reduce its population exodus, luring young talent with a cocktail of affordable housing, heavy-duty renovations, and professional upward mobility.

Reversing the LeBron Effect: Cleveland Looks to Attract Young Talent

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Becoming the Boss: Meet the Architect Behind One of California’s Coolest Ice Cream Companies

When I moved to Los Angeles for college, I discovered a way to combine my interest in exploring a new city with my love of all things sweet: I sought to get to know LA through its many eclectic dessert places. I was particularly excited when I stumbled upon one dessert destination that was co-founded by an alumnus of my school, UCLA. Coolhaus, which specializes in ice cream sandwiches, started as many small food businesses do today—as a food truck. The co-founders Natasha Case and Freya Estreller premiered their ice cream and cookie business at the Coachella Valley Music Festival back in 2009. Since then, the company has grown rapidly to include 10 mobile trucks and carts nationwide (five in Southern California, two in NYC and five in Dallas), as well as two Southern California storefronts. Recently, I had the pleasure of visiting their Culver City storefront. While tasting some […]

Becoming the Boss: Meet the Architect Behind One of California’s Coolest Ice Cream Companies

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American Startups Are Quenching The World’s Thirst for Water Solutions

Americans tend to associate water insecurity with less developed countries, but it’s become a troubling reality for a growing number of people and businesses here in the U.S., too. The ongoing drought in California, for example, has now entered its fifth year and has already cost the state’s agribusinesses approximately $1.5 billion this year and impacted food prices across the country. Meanwhile, lead contaminated water from aging pipes in Flint, Michigan forced thousands of residents to stop drinking local tap water in 2015, becoming one of the state’s largest man-made disasters in history. Over the next 10 years, 40 out of 50 states are expected to experience water shortages of their own, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office. Water supply issues at home and abroad mean big problems for the economy. Thankfully, American startups are leading a new wave of innovation in the water tech sector to find solutions. […]

American Startups Are Quenching The World’s Thirst for Water Solutions

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The 4 Ridiculously
Successful Entrepreneurs You Didn’t Know Have Learning Disabilities

In business, particularly as an up-and-coming entrepreneur, learning is everything: Learning how to manage employees, learning how to raise and invest capital, learning how to handle inevitable twists and turns, learning how your competitors operate so that your firm can find an edge. Thus, for individuals with learning disabilities, starting and running a successful business may seem implausible, even impossible. But they would be mistaken, as several highly successful entrepreneurs have proved otherwise. Here’s how four business leaders learned not only to overcome disabilities like ADHD, Asperger’s and dyslexia, but actually turned them into an advantage. Richard Branson, Virgin Group The colorful business magnate has never been shy about acknowledging he suffers from dyslexia, a learning disability that makes it difficult for individuals to read and interpret letters. His disability made it difficult for him to succeed at school, because teachers thought thought he was lazy or stupid. Read More: […]

The 4 Ridiculously
Successful Entrepreneurs You Didn’t Know Have Learning Disabilities

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The Sharing Economy: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

More and more people are opting out of 9-to-5 workdays, either by choice or because their hands are forced by circumstance, and finding new jobs through the sharing economy. Although people describe the sharing economy in many different ways, it’s most easily explained as a business built on an individual sharing resources (whether it be services or products) with their community on demand for a fee. To be fair, the idea itself isn’t new. People have offered and advertised their services for everything from handyman work to babysitting for decades now. However, the Internet – and more specifically, the proliferation in smartphones – have only recently enabled a growing number of startups to gather and formalize sharing opportunities into thriving businesses. Want to rent a room (or even an entire castle) at the last minute? Click through listings that meet your exact criteria from home-rental business startup Airbnb. Need to […]

The Sharing Economy: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

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