Posts by jbafaro

Entrepreneur builds “Uber of Babysitting” for St. Louis

Posted by on Oct 9, 2015 in Featured Stories, Innovation Tuesday | 0 comments

Those who haven’t grown up in St. Louis but hang their hats here professionally know it’s not easy being a St. Louisan. From learning some of our strange culinary habits (provel cheese?) to mastering the intricacies of our dialect (fark? warsh?), to setting aside an allegiance to your own hometown baseball team to immerse yourself in an ocean of Cardinal red each October, becoming a true St. Louisan can be a challenge. Here’s a challenge a native of St. Louis may not have considered. What is it like for a single, or couple, neither of whom has roots in St. Louis, to find a good local...

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St. Louis startup building new epilepsy drug

Posted by on Oct 3, 2015 in Featured Stories, Innovation Tuesday | 0 comments

Epilepsy, also known as seizure disorder, is one of the world’s most common and most serious neurological conditions, afflicting about 50 million people around the globe. It’s estimated that about 70 percent of the world’s epilepsy patients can control their seizures by using the two dozen or so anticonvulsant drugs that are on the market.  As long as they take their daily pills, they’re essentially seizure-free. But some 30 percent of epilepsy patients are considered “refractory” to currently marketed medications.  That is, those patients are unable to achieve adequate seizure control using...

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New web show will put your idea to the test

Posted by on Sep 19, 2015 in Featured Stories, Innovation Tuesday | 0 comments

Do you have a great idea you think might be a money maker, but you’re not sure where to turn to find out if your hunch is a good one? A St. Louis entrepreneur says he can provide you some direction, starting next month, via a new online video program called “Cash or Crash.” Entrepreneur Dr. Renato Cataldo has already founded one video-based company in St. Louis. His start-up collects instructional videos from teachers and distributes them to students and parents for a fee, with the teachers who create the videos sharing in the revenue. Hear founder Renato...

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Illinois county finds a fit in PFITR

Posted by on Sep 11, 2015 in Featured Stories, Innovation Tuesday | 0 comments

Madison County, Illinois has turned to a St. Louis startup company to help guide the county’s future investment decisions. The southern Illinois county’s selection of PFITR (pronounced P-fitter) comes several months after County Treasurer Kurt Prenzler announced Madison County received a $340,000 settlement of an arbitration claim against an Arkansas securities firm that was charging excessive commissions on county investments made prior to Prenzler’s administration. The firm settled the 2011 claim without admitting liability. Prenzler says the selection of PFITR, a Software as a...

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HIPAA help from a St. Louis startup

Posted by on Sep 4, 2015 in Featured Stories, Innovation Tuesday | 0 comments

As founder and CEO of a company that guides medical professionals through the complex and daunting world of HIPAA – the 1996 federal law that restricts access to individuals’ private medical information — Sarah Badahman knows she needs to express to her customers passion and enthusiasm for the subject matter. To wit:  her LinkedIn profile reads, in part, “I have been accused of being a special kind of crazy since I love HIPAA and all things security related!” “Apparently, this is not a normal love,” she writes. Hear Sarah Badahman’s interview on KMOX Radio/St. Louis by clicking...

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