Chris Gutierrez, president of KC SmartPort, is still surprised that in the last five to six years, over 25 million square feet of product and distribution building has been built on a speculative basis, meaning there was no tenant signed on at the outset of construction. “Developers and real estate teams are building these, hoping they get a client or tenant — and a majority of those have been filled….
legal tech
Chris Brown is part startup attorney and part entrepreneur. His firm, Venture Legal, works with various small businesses and startup companies in the Kansas City metro area. To say that Brown values the technology would be an understatement—rather, he sees it as a lifeline in which his firm operates. “When I started my law firm, I made a very intentional decision to make it more of a business and less…
On Nov. 8, Leanlab Education will celebrate its fifth anniversary and fifth class of entrepreneurs with the culmination of its K12 Fellowship at Launch[ED] Day. Leanlab promotes the advancement of education-geared startups. Recently the nonprofit hosted a three-month accelerator program, Leanlab’s K12 Fellowship, which connected teachers and students to early-stage entrepreneurs for the purpose of mentoring through coaching and direct feedback on the startups. Founded in 2013, Leanlab began as…
OYO Fitness, the developer of personal fitness equipment intended for individuals to use at home, work or on the go, has released the OYO Personal Gym Pro and a coaching app. Founded by Kansas Citian Paul Francis, OYO gyms use SpiraFlex technology, which he developed for a NASA Mission Critical program to combat the effects of zero gravity on muscle. Praised by astronauts who used the technology while on the…
erin turley 2018
There’s a new top dog at Three Dog Bakery. Erin Turley, a local business leader, was named as CEO this month. Three Dog Bakery, a privately-held franchise company headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., is known for its brick-and-mortar bakeries serving freshly baked treats for dogs. With more than 45 franchise locations across the United States, Canada and Hong Kong, Turley will oversee operations and the development of a strategic plan….