Kansas City Here I Come

Rikki Kite

ROSE Blog: Rikki's Open Source Exchange

Nov 09, 2010 GMT
Rikki Kite

Yesterday Laura Rich posted an article on FastCompany.com, Why You Should Start a Company in... Kansas City. Rich looks at communities to consider if you want to launch a tech company. She says, "Kansas City is home to the Kauffman Foundation, a $2 billion organization dedicated entirely to research and funding of entrepreneurial efforts. And beginning February, entrepreneurs will descend upon the city in KC’s version of a startup incubator: Kauffman Labs, which is paying entrepreneurs for up to six months while they build out their startups."

Rich interviews Bo Fishback, who runs Kauffman Labs. Fishback points out a few companies that are based in Kansas City, including Garmin, Cerner, and Sprint. (And on the off chance you haven't seen/heard me point this out before — our North American office is in Lawrence, which is about 40 miles away from Kansas City.)

Rich looks at other cities in her series, including Austin, New York, and Boston. Should your city make her list? Why (or why not)?

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