With so many fiberhoods in Kansas City qualified for Google Fiber, one of the real excitements is the number of public service buildings that will be fitted with free fiber when construction gets into full swing—especially Kansas City schools. But with Google’s habit of vague and limited information, some schools still have more than a handful of questions before they can sit back and enjoy the fiber benefits. ... continue reading »
If you build it, they will come. Interestingly enough, this Field of Dreams saying no longer applies just to baseball fields in Iowa. It also has a place in entrepreneurship here in Kansas City. One startup’s presence in Hanover Heights has now drawn several other entrepreneurial endeavors, leading the area to be called the KC Startup Village. ... continue reading »
In the morning light of Oct. 10, words such as “burn rate” and “venture capital” spilled out over coffee and donuts. Web developers and hackers coded during breaks in morning sessions and speakers. The dress code was jeans as entrepreneurs swapped business cards in every direction possible, picking up new friends and problem-solving contacts. This would sound like your typical Silicon Valley event, if it weren’t set smack dab in the middle of Iowa.
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The ding of the closing bell sounded Sunday evening as the rally for Google Fiber closed at midnight. Community groups and efforts worked up until the final minutes, trying to get people pre-registered in fiberhoods that had yet to turn green. After all was said and done, Google announced that 180 of the 202 fiberhoods had turned green, and they were still double checking the numbers to make sure everything was correct. News outlets and blogs took to the keyboards to comment on the results and spread the news of Google's first fiber effort. ... continue reading »
It wasn’t the perfect day to be walking around outside. It was raining, spits of water slopping against my tennis shoes. But with only 16 days left in Kansas City rally for Google Fiber, we couldn’t really afford to be choosy. Armed with our clipboards, pens and Google t-shirts, we stepped onto the pavement of The Paseo. In front of us lay two hours and 50-needed registrations to turn Tri-Blenheim green.
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