Posts made in May, 2014

Innovator Cohen Keeps Entrepreneurship in the Family with Nanopore

Posted by on May 21, 2014 in Featured Stories, Innovation Tuesday | 0 comments

Hear Tom Cohen’s May 27 interview with KMOX Radio’s Charlie Brennan by clicking here   One could say St. Louis innovator Tom Cohen is simply writing another chapter in his family’s legacy of St. Louis entrepreneurship. In 1903, Cohen’s great-great grandfather Morris founded the popular Central Hardware chain of St. Louis stores, famous for its team of “orange-coated experts” willing to guide customers to the right home improvement needs. His uncle James was CEO of the chain, which grew to nearly 40 stores in six states at its peak. While his ancestors specialized...

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Third Demo Day Dawns for St. Louis Startups

Posted by on May 12, 2014 in Featured Stories, Innovation Tuesday | 0 comments

Click here on May 20 at 10:50am Central to hear Judy Sindecuse live from The Pageant in St. Louis   Today’s entrepreneur is no stranger to the term “pivoting.” When it “pivots”, a startup company changes direction – ever so slightly or, in some cases, in a large way — to meet a customer need, a market condition or perhaps new regulations.  All of this while keeping the fundamental vision of the organization intact. Sometimes, events that support startups need to pivot too.  Take, for example, this month’s Demo Day in St. Louis, an event organized by Capital Innovators, the...

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Computerized License Plates? Here’s PROOF

Posted by on May 1, 2014 in Featured Stories, Innovation Tuesday, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Click, then scroll to bottom to hear Rachel Hankerson’s 5/6/2014 interview with KMOX Radio’s Charlie Brennan If you remember your grade school mathematics, you’ll recall that the product of two negatives is a positive. So you might say St. Louis innovator Rachel Hankerson is simply carrying out a principle of math with the founding of her company International PROOF Systems. Negative number one for Hankerson came in 1994.  As a 21-year-old student commuting between her native St. Louis and Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri, she found herself on the...

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