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5599_9faf2ade31_small April 23, 2013 by Fred Bauters

Olathe Chris Smith, co-founder and CEO at Olathe, Kan.-based Career Athletes, believes in "affinity ecosystems"—networks that give users a head start through an existing common bond or relationship. Smith, a former Missouri State University football player, began believing in this type of network during a leadership conference put on by his former employer, Eli Lilly. While waiting for the company's president to speak, the crowd sat silent—no one was … read more

5095_83699d2bf4_small December 10, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Olathe Garmin co-founder Min Kao points to an early decision to provide insurance and other benefits to employees as one that helped his company build a strong corporate culture. "Even when advisors said 'no, don't do that til you're successful,' but we did," Kao (left) told the Kansas City Star in what the outlet called a rare interview. Kao, along with Gary Burrell, started Garmin in 1989. Today, the … read more

4254_f3d55d76c1_small June 5, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Olathe Silicon Prairie News: You're one of a handful of Dwolla team members not based in Des Moines. What do you do to stay tapped in to the company's culture from afar? | Brandon Ratzlaff: There are a couple of things we do that I think really help keep the remote members aligned with the rest of the team. The first is a daily G+ Hangout (G+ may lack much content, but its video chat features are pretty great) that everyone on the team is involved in at 11:11am. We each quickly go over our biggest "win" for the morning and what we'll be tackling that afternoon. It's a great way to bring up any roadblocks you have that involve other team members. Regular video calls in … read more

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