technology

Entrepreneurship
9:42 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Arch Grants Finalists Weekend Is Here

There are 46 finalists for the Arch Grants competition. Only 20 startups will be chosen to receive $50,000 each.
Credit Maria Altman (St. Louis Public Radio)

It will be a whirlwind weekend for the finalists of the Arch Grants competition.

The 46 finalist startups arrived in St. Louis on Thursday afternoon. They are here competing for 20 grants worth $50,000 each.

In a way, St. Louis itself also is competing this weekend. The entrepreneurs who win must agree to move their businesses here.

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The Rundown
8:44 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Economy & Innovation Rundown: Ladies First. Sometimes.

It's not just April showers that bring flowers. Technology can do it, too.
Credit (Flickr/Moyan Brenn)

By the time this post is published, people across St. Louis are reveling from having watched the first Cardinals’ home game of the season and are gearing up for a fabulous season.

I’m hoping that is the case because this week's rundown on economy and innovation isn’t all sunshine and flowers. Actually there could be flowers, but you’ll have to wait to read about that.

First, let’s talk entrepreneurship. 

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Data Farming
10:52 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Innovation Rundown: Agriculture Meets IT In A Big Data Way

Credit (via Flickr/jasonippolito)

Is there any aspect of life that technology hasn’t touched?

While I’m sure people can cite examples in the non-digital sphere, agriculture is not one of them. It hasn’t been for some time – farmers are adept at using all kinds of technology to monitor weather, pricing, soil content. But a new development is taking the idea to a new level. And St. Louis's own Monsanto seems to be leading the way.

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Technology In Law Enforcement
5:00 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Inspector Gadget? The Role Of Tech For St. Louis-Area Police

An old police call box on display at the St. Louis Police Officer's Association. Officers used this to check in with the station while out on their beats.
Credit (Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon)

The technology available to a police officer on the beat has come a long way from a pen and a notebook.

Thanks to in-car computers, police now have the internet and sophisticated databases at their fingertips. Cameras can find a specific license plate or reduce the need for eyewitnesses.

But the speed at which the changes are taking place has even those using the technology concerned.

As a narcotics officer in Jefferson County in the mid-1990s, Jeff Roorda was a rock star when he got a bag phone

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3:57 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

St. Louis Entrepreneur Calls St. Louis 'Tech Hub Model' In Forbes

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"When smaller cities play to their strengths while simultaneously working to shore up their deficiencies, they can attract talented entrepreneurs and help them succeed." That's what Chuck Cohn, native St. Louisan and CEO of Varsity Tours says in an article on Forbes.com. Cohn says St. Louis can serve as a model for other cities like it to develop tech hubs.
Only a few U.S. cities can claim to be technology meccas. Silicon Valley, Boston, Seattle, and - recently - New York City are responsible for the lion's share of successful tech startups in the U.S., but they can no longer stake a sole claim. New tech hubs, like St. Louis are emerging.
Startups
8:00 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Update: Investments In St. Louis Tech Startups Nearly Doubled In 2012

Flickr: Randy Pertiet

Updated 6/13 4:56 with news of entrepreneur fund.

Business leaders and St. Louis City and County officials met today (Thursday) to announce a new effort to support entrepreneurs in the area.

The goal is to raise $100 million over the next five years.

The announcement comes on the tail of a recent report that found last year was a record-breaking year for St. Louis tech startups, which brought in $30 million dollars in investments.

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley said the $100 million goal is bold, but doable.

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Business - Technology
5:40 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Major Boston-Area Startup Incubator To Join Wash U In New Cortex Facility

The new Cortex facility on Duncan Avenue will be known as @4240.
Credit HOK

One of the country’s largest startup incubators will soon be moving into the Cortex bioscience district in St. Louis.

The move marks Cambridge Innovation Center’s first expansion out of the Boston area, where it houses more than 500 small to mid-sized companies.

CIC’s president and CEO, Ranch Kimball, says he expects the new St. Louis facility to attract mostly technology startups, but says CIC will be open to a variety of businesses.

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3:05 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

St. Louis Named Among Top 5 'Fastest-Growing Cities For Tech Jobs'

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CNN Money has released a list of the top 5 cities it considers to be the main up-and-comers on the IT jobs scene. New York City still "leads the pack" in tech jobs, followed by the Washington, D.C.-Baltimore area - but the top 5 "growing" cities are St. Louis, Charlotte, Austin, Phoenix and Detroit. CNN Money says the tech job market in St. Louis has jumped 25 percent in the last year with a median salary of about $81,000.
"St. Louis is becoming a startup town," says Silver.
1:25 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Illinois Sends Cease And Desist Notice To Mobile Payment Company Square

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A little legal kerfuffle is brewing in the Land of Lincoln with mobile payment company Square. If you didn't know, Square has St. Louis ties - it was created by area natives Jack Dorsey and Jim McKelvey. Learn more from our friends at TechCrunch via the link.
Religion/Technology
6:25 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Local congregations take worship to the web

Pastor David Crank promotes his church’s website during an Easter Sunday sermon at Faith Church St. Louis in Sunset Hills.
(Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio)

The internet pervades almost every aspect of modern life and religion is no exception. From Facebook and Twitter, to live streaming services and online donations, churches across the country are redefining what it means to worship.

St. Louis Public Radio’s Joseph Leahy takes a look at how some local congregations are embracing the net to expand their missions online.

Including the "dot com"

During a livestreaming service on Easter Sunday, Pastor David Crank recalled the story of Jesus and the Adulteress -- adding one unusual detail:

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