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Prab Kumar

How About a Side of Data With That Burger? | Kansas City

Imagine a typical Sunday: you go to your local grocery store, get sticker shock from the price of avocados, go home and have a kale smoothie (what, that’s not your typical Sunday?). Whatever your taste, have you ever considered the retail process that brought those goods to you? Mark Calhoun, the CEO, of PerfectCube, definitely has. PerfectCube is “an online platform that allows small retailers to easily track their performance and even forecast the near future.” It’s basically the Neo to every small grocery stores’ Matrix, allowing them to have…

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Change Lives By Shopping | Chicago

In 2017, over $91 billion will be spent on online holiday shopping. What if a small portion of each of those dollars went to a worthy cause? Shopping.Gives makes that happen. Here’s how it works: non-profits or other organizations, like local sports teams, create fundraising campaigns using Shopping.Gives. People can purchase items from all their favorite stores through the campaign, and every purchase gets the organizers up to 40% cash-back: cash they can put to good use. It’s a win-win for everyone – good causes raise funds, and shopaholics get…

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You gotta get yourself connected | Kansas City

From smart homes to smart cars, in the modern day, we’re surrounded by the Internet of Things. Connecting the hardware we engage with on a daily basis promises great advantages, but keeping the information flowing and secure is a challenge. Big Bang, based in Kansas City, helps companies connect or create connected devices. Founder and CEO, Jonathan Wagner, sat down with Techweek’s Prab Kumar to share more about his company and the state of IoT today. Prab: Tell us a little about your company today. Jonathan: We help small and…

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THIS IMPORTANT “FEED” ISN’T ON SOCIAL MEDIA | KANSAS CITY

Ever had an omelette, or drank a glass of milk, and wondered how the cow that made your food got fed? Well, thanks to the over 6,000 feed mills in the US, you don’t have to. These mills, some of which have been around for centuries, keep livestock and other animals raised for husbandry well fed across the country. But like every industry, agriculture has its challenges. Increasing regulations and higher costs can equate to thinner margins and the need for more efficiency. That’s where Gretchen Henry, CEO of Sprout…

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SQUAREOFFS MAKES IT EASY TO PICK A SIDE | KANSAS CITY

People have been taking polls since the dawn of society. From predicting elections, to creating rivalries before the big game, asking people to choose a side is a surefire way to know what they want, and more importantly, create engagement. It’s this reality that SquareOffs capitalizes on, with a product that makes it easy for online publishers to poll their audiences. Jeff Rohr, SquareOffs’ CEO & Founder, sat down with Prab Kumar, Techweek’s Head of Media, to share more about his platform. Prab: What are three stats that shows how…

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VIDEOFIZZ TAKES YOUR GREETING CARDS TO THE NEXT LEVEL | KANSAS CITY

When was the last time you bought and mailed a physical greeting card? If you’re like most people today, this is probably a rare occurrence, unless you’re also curating a collection of CDs and VHS tapes. Since the introduction of E-cards in 1994, people have been trying to crack the online greetings market. Videofizz, based in Kansas City, MO, is taking direct aim with a solution that makes it easy for groups to create video greetings together. CEO & Founder of Videofizz, Laura Steward, sat down with Techweek CEO, Amanda…

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ALEXA, CAN YOU FIND ME A BETTER ASSISTANT?

MyCroft AI is on a mission to democratize AI personal assistant software. With Siri and Alexa already household names, in addition to Google’s technology, it may seem like they’re in a crowded space. Think again. Existing consumer devices have limited applicability in the enterprise space. Further, they’re not customizable, which is why everyone gets to experience the same hilarious Siri errors. MyCroft AI is creating the first truly open-source personal AI assistant, which allows maximum customization and creates a platform for other developers to build off. MyCroft AI won Techweek…

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ALL NON-PROFITS HAVE THIS ONE, MAJOR PROBLEM

Millennials get a hard time in the media. They’re scolded for being ‘The most coddled generation’. The most narcissistic. Self-centered. Selfish. The term ‘slacktivism’ was coined as a way to capture the new feel-good and self-congratulatory new world of online petitions, and social groups on social media – low effort, low commitment activism. Millennials, as planet Earth’s first digitally native generation, were prominently tarred with that same brush – it certainly fit the stereotype. The reality, of course is a bit nuanced. 70% of Millennials did 1 hour or more…

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WANT FREE BEER & LACROIX?

It occurred to us recently – Crafty is a company whose game plan is providing an in-office happy-hour experience for companies. They’re in the business of building great culture. So what is Crafty’s own culture like? And how does anyone get any work done in a place that manufactures and delivers good times? Step into co-founder Chris Ritter’s shoes as he walks Techweek through the hoppy-flavored tour of the Crafty psyche. Techweek: Okay Chris, help set the stage a bit for people late to the Crafty party – what are…

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IF YOU DON’T KNOW YOUR CUSTOMER, YOU’RE BARKING UP THE WRONG TREE

Consumer packaged good (CPG) companies have massive marketing budgets we know this – think of every Olympics P&G commercial that aired. But did you know that on average 47% of their marketing budgets are spent on marketing research and yet today there are very few tools to search, categorize, and sift through all those reports? Think how frustrating it would be to spend six figures on a report and then not be able to recall it? In steps Kristi Zuhlke, Founder of KnowledgeHound, a young Chicago startup building software for…

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