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7067_71ca2056c7_small July 15, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Lenexa It's happened to the best of us. You've just settled into the couch for a night in front of the TV and the technology struggles begin. Whether it's the combination of three different remote controls or the routine of stretching and bending to get the remote control to communicate with the receiver box, the process is daunting. read more

5829_6f75212361_small June 17, 2013 by Fred Bauters

Lenexa Less than two years ago, George Hansen helped put the Kansas City region on the tech map when Google acquired Zave Networks—where he was president and CEO—for an undisclosed sum. Now he's hoping to do the same for a host of other high-growth companies. The Enterprise Center of Johnson County (ECJC), a nonprofit venture development organization, today announced Hansen's appointment as president and CEO. He'll step in for Joel Wiggins, who accepted the role of president at his alma mater, Crown College in Minnesota. "(Hansen) has a proven track record and a deep understanding of how businesses are started, financed, built and accelerated," said Jim Dodd, chairman of the ECJC. …  read more

5821_656cea0a62_small June 17, 2013 by Fred Bauters

Lenexa Would you want to use four remotes to control a home theater system? Of course not. So you may be enticed by what consumer electronics startup Flyover Innovations has going for their Indiegogo campaign. The Lenexa, Kan., startup's first product, Blumoo, is an open-source software and hardware platform capable of morphing any iOS or Android mobile device … read more

4992_cca121f8d4_small November 14, 2012 by Annie Sorensen

Lenexa Creating one of the first organized angel investment groups in the Kansas City area was the motivation behind the founding of Mid-America Angels Investments (MAA), a program inside the Enterprise Center of Johnson County. Joel Wiggins, the co-founder and executive director of MAA, moved to the Kansas City area in 2005 from Austin, Texas, where he was the director of the Austin Technology Incubator. Impressed with the area's entrepreneurial community, Wiggins felt there were great success stories coming out of the area and that the community … read more

4241_2131d43f52_small June 1, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Lenexa EyeVerify has closed a $1.4 million seed round, Toby Rush, the startup's founder and CEO, said Thursday. Think Big Ventures, a Kansas City, Mo.-based venture fund, led the round with an investment of $250,000. The Nebraska Angels and Mid-America Angels also contributed, as did numerous individual investors. As we reported in February, Lenexa, Kan.-based EyeVerify is bringing to market software that would enable the use of cameras on mobile devices to verify identity through images of the blood veins in the whites of people's eyes. The patented technology behind EyeVerify came out of the University of Missouri-Kansas City and the University … read more

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