Dustin McKissen

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Dustin McKissen is the founder of McKissen + Company, a public relations and strategy firm based in St. Charles, Missouri. He's a two-time LinkedIn Top Voice on Management and Culture, and is a columnist for Inc., CNBC, VentureBeat and Editor-At-Large on EQ.

Stop Treating Your Failure Like it was the Ultimate Warrior

When I was a child, one of my heroes disappeared. Poof. Gone. No more. Like he never existed in the first place. It was 1992, and The Ultimate Warrior left the WWF (now known as the WWE)....

Terrible Public Policy is Keeping the St. Louis Region from Achieving its American Dream

If you attend meetings with the region’s business and civic leaders, you’ll start to hear some consensus about what the metro area needs to strengthen its economy: A more technically skilled workforce with STEM-related bachelor’s...

Last Week Amazon Announced It’s Coming to St. Charles County. Here’s What It Means...

It isn’t often that two major e-commerce companies announce they will create nearly 2,000 combined jobs in one community. It’s even rarer when the two companies make that announcement in the same week, but...

Why Missouri Innovation Leaders Should Focus on AgTech and Autonomous Vehicles

I’m not originally from Missouri, so the first time I drove from St. Louis to Kansas City, I learned three things: Missouri has a lot of farmland. Missouri has a lot of straight, well-maintained...

Why the St. Louis Region Should be Proud of the Startup Scene (and it...

When I first became involved with the startup scene here in St. Louis, I heard one phrase get used a lot: St. Louis needed a big exit, preferably a billion-dollar exit, to validate its...

One of the St. Louis Region’s Most Successful Young Founders Launches New Startup

At the recent Arch Grants gala, a phrase was used throughout the evening to describe one of the most important goals of the St. Louis startup ecosystem: Attracting and/or retaining talented entrepreneurs. Bryan Bowles is a...

The Division Between the Communities of the Metro Area is Holding us Back, but...

I learned how divided this region is during my first week living here—but I’ll go into that a bit later. For a little background, my wife and I moved with our three kids to St....

Startups Compete for $50,000 in Prize Money at St. Charles County Demo Day

Two years ago, CareerHacker, my idea for a startup that helped students build professional online presences, was the first company to pitch at the inaugural St. Charles County Demo Day. CareerHacker didn’t take off the...

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