August 23, 2012
Amanda Schnieders, Kauffman Foundation
Entrepreneurs in Fiber Space
The words Google and entrepreneurs sounds like a match made in the infinite possibilities heaven. After all, Google would exist had it not been for the diligence of two Internet entrepreneurs, Larry Page and Sergey Brin. This is why Google's "What Does Google Fiber Mean for My Startup?" event on Aug. 23 was a no brainer.
Sponsored by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the event gathered 69 entrepreneurs from all over the Kansas City area for Cupini's sandwiches, Krunchers chips and an insight into what Google Fiber's speeds could really do for an entrepreneur.
After a short Google infomration session in the Fiber Space's event center, the attendees were also treated to a first-hand example of one startup's increased technological possibilities with the speed of fiber. Presented by Bruce Cameron, Big Iris is a startup that deals in big data within the healthcare realm. It is working to provide full patient histories from doctor to doctor, in order to eliminate excess exams and wasted money for patients. Big Iris illustrated how much faster data, test results and histories could be moved using the fiber network.
After the luncheon concluded, entrepreneurs were invited to visit the Fiber Space where they could interact with the real speeds personally through TVs and chromebooks. With the help of Google Fiber, Google could soon be as important to entrepreneurs' futures as entrepreneurs were to Google's beginnings.