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When it comes to technology, there's something new every week — especially in Kansas City, where gigabit internet has fostered entrepreneurial growth and attracted tech developers from across the country.

Along with new products, businesses and ideas, are new words, phrases and jargon. And a lot of this insider language, which startup savvy people use casually, can be frustrating to someone from the outside. 

Ben Kittrell, who is a Kansas City entrepreneur and consultant, frequently acts as a technical translator for his clients.

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Kansas City boasts being one of the best cities to launch a startup. But the city that hopes to be America’s “most entrepreneurial city,” is still missing one key ingredient — seed capital to get young businesses of the ground.

KCSourceLink, which is a network of organizations that support the creation of small businesses, released a study last week detailing the city’s shortcomings when it comes to funds available for entrepreneurs.

Among the many challenges that Kansas City entrepreneurs face, access to funding is one of the greatest. On this edition of Up To Date, we discuss efforts underway in Kansas City to create more opportunities for young businesses in the area.    


Women business owners have less access to outside capital than their male counterparts.