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Lead Bank Asked by Lead Bank
5/8/2016

Do you think that KC is doing well in the venture capital arena?

32%
Yes

2

68%
No WINNER

6

32%
Yes

2 Comments
Patrick Unrein III
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Patrick Unrein III

I think Kansas City is doing well in that progress is happening. Entrepreneurs are working. There is still a lot of work to do to reach where the city needs to be to compete with other growing cities.

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Bradley Langkamp
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Bradley Langkamp

Kansas City has clearly been growing, with new business on the rise. TechWeek is a great example of the commitment KC has made to business.

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68%
No

6 Comments
Jeff Rohr
2
Jeff Rohr

No, but there are positive signs, such as active players in each stage that were not there in the past from idea (Digital Sandbox) to seed (Local Angel Groups, The Collective) to Series A (Flyover, OpenAir). We just need to keep moving before coastal funds move in or more quality startups move out.

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Colin Livasy
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Colin Livasy

Kansas City, as an historically conservative town, needs to decide whether it is ready to support innovation. There are a lot of fantastic ideas out there, but there is a divide between what innovators need and what lenders are willing to give. When that divide is closed, progress will be made.

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Blake Hawley
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Blake Hawley

In late 2014, The Chronicles of Philanthropy ranked KC 16th in metro areas, with 3.2% giving ratio (based on IRS data). In a WalletHub study though, it ranked 36th in best city to strat a business and 51st in "access to resources". Groups like KCADC are aware of this, but changing is hard.

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DJ Good
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DJ Good

Need for additional seed and series A fund in the KC region

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Pablo Berrio
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Pablo Berrio

Moving towards being a "smart city", tech week and google fiber will help to attract investors in the future but looking at the numbers we're still at the bottom of the chart among comparable cities

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Jacquie Ward
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Jacquie Ward

There still seems to be a gap between where we want to be as a city and where the funding currently sits.

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Lead Bank Asked by Lead Bank
1/29/2017

Do you think the UK is right in leaving the European Union?

11%
Yes

0

89%
No WINNER

3

11%
Yes

0 Comments
No one has commented yet

89%
No

3 Comments
Jacquie Ward
1
Jacquie Ward

Bank of England lowering their interest rates shows their bleak economic forecast, and the divorce from the EU hasn't even started yet. I think the trade implications, especially for small business, will be troublesome.

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John Atwell
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John Atwell

I believe this was a very short sighted move. Voters were led to believe they will be able have all of the benefits of being in the EU without any of the costs. If this was such a great idea why has Article 50 not been invoked yet?

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Jared Krause
Jared Krause

Interesting

Lead Bank Asked by Lead Bank
7/25/2016

Do you think KS was right in extending the Angel Tax Credit?

89%
Yes WINNER

4

11%
No

0

89%
Yes

4 Comments
Jeff Rohr
2
Jeff Rohr

Absolutely. The reinvestment of wealth in Kansas is what will generate necessary growth. The program helps offset risk for high growth opportunities in Kansas. The state also must do this to keep up with competing state programs such as Missouri's MTC program.

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blake hawley
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blake hawley

Founded in Australia, our company took the decision to move our North American Operations to Kansas in 2015. This year, we decided our entire global operations will run from Lawrence. Angel credits help attract businesses with strong growth and bridge finances before larger cap raises are required

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Josh Rowland
1
Josh Rowland

KC needs more sources of capital for early stage business.

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Jacquie Ward
0
Jacquie Ward

I promote entrepreneurs any way I can.

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11%
No

0 Comments
No one has commented yet

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