Tech KC: History, Startups, Digital Divide
Long before Google Fiber arrived in 2011, Kansas City has had a thriving technology sector, with cutting-edge companies like Cerner, Garmin and Sprint (whose roots go back to 1899 in Abilene, Kan.). But when Google announced it would build its first fiber-optic cable network in the Kansas City area, the idea of a gigabit internet, and its possibilities sparked a bi-state drive to take full advantage of the new resource. So where are we now as a tech town? We ask technology attorney Greg Kratofil, the Kauffman Foundation’s Dane Stangler and KC Digital Drive’s Aaron Deacon.
One Million Cups, a weekly showcase and get-together for Kansas City's startup community, a has become the place to be and be seen. Every Wednesday morning at 9 a.m., the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation opens its doors, puts on coffee, and some weeks, welcomes as many as 400.
The Kansas City metro area has become home to numerous tech startups over the last few years, in part because of Google Fiber, but also because low rental prices and large cutting-edge tech companies that call the city home.
While Google has cast a spotlight on Kansas City that has the country excited about high speed internet, like most cities around the country, access is not equally available.