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JJ writes for EQ as well as KMOV, where he works full time covering the St. Louis Cardinals. Previously he worked for a few years with media start-ups. He covered the Missouri Tigers football and basketball teams for KMOV prior to joining full time. Originally from outside Chicago, JJ graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in journalism, and has spent most of his time in the Show Me State since.

What We Talk About When We Talk About Cybersecurity

It's an emerging issue that concerns essentially all business sectors. We take a look at what work is being done in St. Louis to keep information safe.
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Q&A: Jay DeLong, Managing General Partner of SixThirty CYBER

On the role startups play in the cybersecurity fight.

SafeTrek Provides Personal Safety at the Touch of a Button

Everyone can remember a moment they felt unsafe. Perhaps it was late and you were walking alone. Maybe you were waiting for a train or a bus and started feeling uneasy about the approaching...

Growth in the Gateway City: London-Based Ensygnia’s Time with SixThirty

“My first thought was St. Louis? Why St. Louis? When you’re coming from the UK you’re strangely ignorant to these things. You don’t know St. Louis is the number two finance hub in the...

When, Not If: RGA Works with SixThirty To Prepare For The Insurance Industry’s Wave...

Much of FinTech’s recent boom is due to entrepreneurs finding ways to bring innovation to industries that have long been mired in the status quo. The financial regulatory environment is so overwhelming, legacy companies...

Tomas Pena of S4 Finds a Home Away From Home in St. Louis

St. Louis is in the heart of the Corn Belt. It’s a perfect seat for AgTech companies looking to serve the U.S. market, and provides affordable access to some of the best resources in...

FinTech’s Data-Driven Evolution with Data Simply CEO Michelle Bonat

The FinTech sector is shifting more and more toward data-driven solutions. The reliance on computer systems to augment the human element is an important change, as the idea is to arm individuals with more...

Putting Startups on the Fast Track: Capital Innovators

How Capital Innovators became a nationally- ranked accelerator program, and why the St. Louis region stands to benefit.
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Life Sciences in St. Louis: Q/A with Rick Ryan, General Partner of Cultivation Capital

What's happening in the Life Sciences sector and where is it headed next? We sat down with Rick Ryan to find out.Rick Ryan is a general partner in the Cultivation Capital Life Science Fund,...

That’s Life (Sciences)

We examine St. Louis' life sciences startup scene: a hotbed of innovation, growth and promise.

Give and Take: How St. Louis’ Community Drives Collaboration Between Startups and Banks

St. Louis is a unique ecosystem for business in a lot of respects. As we often cover, our startup community is more collaborative than many entrepreneurs would find elsewhere. That community-driven aspect also permeates...
Label Insight

Label Insight Uses Data To Tell The Real Story Behind Your Food

Sponsored Content: What's this? Startup founders quickly realize that the work can be exhausting. For every euphoric crest, there’s a demoralizing crater along the way. Dheeraj Patri got a taste of both long before Label Insight. “Nobody ever...
Capital Innovators

From Mentor to C-suite: How Dr. Renato Cataldo helped MedSocket Pivot

Dr. Renato Cataldo is Capital Innovators' longest-tenured mentor. Leveraging his 30 years of experience in the medical industry, Cataldo has spent more than 4,000 hours guiding startups through all the trials of founding and running...

Growing Fast: Gainsight’s Expansion

Customer success is a popular term these days. Companies are focusing heavily on not only acquiring customers, but maintaining their happiness and expanding the relationship.Gainsight is being hailed as the industry leader in that...
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How Tom Brutnell Balances Research and Application

As the global population increases, agricultural yields must increase to feed the world’s population. Compounding the explosive population growth is the decreasing available tillable land [as subdivisions and industrial parks expand into former farmland.One...

Ken Herold on The Value of Mentorship

Ken Herold’s fingerprints are all over the St. Louis startup scene. As an entrepreneur-in-residence for HOK, a global architecture, design and engineering firm during more than two decades with the company, he’s mentored more...

Investment POD is Bringing Wealth Management to a New Generation

Technology has removed the human element from much of our daily lives. Automation allows industries to adapt to changing markets and reduce costs faster and more efficiently than ever. Unsurprisingly, the wealth management space has...

Careful Consideration: How Gremln Evolved, Adapted and Excelled

In 2009, Ryan Bell was looking for money. Working as an independent software consultant, he had built a social media scheduling and campaign management tool based off of Twitter’s API in 2008 called Twaitter,...

What’s Next For Capital Innovators’ Fall 2015 Class

After 12 weeks of meeting with seasoned mentors, working on business models and surviving Pitch Day, the graduates of the Capital Innovators Fall 2015 cohort are ready to take on the new year. We caught up...

Mythbusters: The Real Life of Venture-Backed CEOs

Pop culture tends to depict startup life as a glamorous career path. The high-energy entrepreneurial world of a venture-backed CEO is portrayed as world of high-stakes meetings, multi-million-dollar payouts and a retiree’s level of recreation...

Mentorship Matters: How SixThirty Helped Fluent Disrupt the Payment Industry

For FinTech companies looking for a foothold, the right advice can change everything. SixThirty aims to mentor FinTech founders through the early stages of growth, providing guidance and facilitating access to clients through one of...

Reconstruction: How Jobsite Unite is Helping Hardhats Work Smarter

Jay Olsen has worked with his hands his whole life. The founder of Jobsite Unite may have swapped a hammer for a mobile device these days, but there’s no doubt he knows construction.“I grew...

Checking In: TrackBill Grows Alongside Co-Founder Sam Sullivan

Three years ago, Sam Sullivan was a high school student in Pennsylvania working a food service job while taking college classes on the side. He was preparing for the next step in life, which...
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This Company Is Giving Average Investors Exceptional Information

The world of investing has shifted radically over the past two decades, with average investors gaining more and more ground on the professionals. But even with all the tools and services available to everyday...

Q/A: Atul Kamra, Managing Partner of SixThirty

On FinTech's role in helping people and businesses improve their day- to-day lives and bottom lines.

FinTech’s Time

Financial technology is seeing explosive growth in investment–for good reason.

Man in the Middle

How Cultivation Capital's Managing Director Brian Matthews is shaping St. Louis' startup ecosystem.

John Talley Takes on Cancer with Euclises Pharmaceuticals

St. Louis' Euclises Pharmaceuticals, co-founded by renowned drug discoverer John Talley, aims to take on colorectal cancer, the third most common type of the disease in the U.S.

Keeping it Simple: 4 Startup Mentors Give Advice to Founders

We reached out to four mentors at Capital Innovators and asked them the tough question: if you had to give one piece of advice to founders, what would it be

Founder Series: What Drives Serial Entrepreneur Bob Lozano?

At the heart of every startup ecosystem is its entrepreneurs. Each with his or her own backstory, calling and mission, our city's founders are those charting a new path for themselves, their teams and their tribes. Introducing EQ's Founder Series, conversations with entrepreneurs from various industries and walks of life.

Fighting Fraud: How 2 STL Startups are Trying to Stop Cyber Security Scams

Electronic payments are nearly universal in 2015, with customers giving out some piece of personal information on a regular basis to confirm their identity when completing that transaction.

Yield Lab grows next crop of AgTech startups

Yield Lab, a St. Louis-based accelerator for Agricultural Technology companies founded in 2014, recently wrapped its first cohort in September. Seven companies went through the nine-month program, which Program Director Matt Plummer declared a resounding success.

Narrowing the Gender Gap in FinTech

Suzanne Magee, CEO of Bandura Systems, shares insights from the field.

STL-based Immunophotonics is taking on cancer using your own body

What Immunophotonics is working on is a therapeutic vaccine designed to pull back the curtain on cancer, and train the body to see through the disguise.
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The Culture Of Culture: How Hatchbuck’s Team-Driven Approach Drives Results For Everyone

Hatchbuck considers company culture a cornerstone of not only its day-to-day operations, but also its success.

Dollars and Sense: How SixThirty’s DAVO Finds Solutions Through Simplicity

The world they're operating in is complex and diverse, but DAVO is hoping simplicity will drive success. After all, FinTech doesn't have to be complicated, it just has to solve a problem.
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PromisePay Aims To Join STL On Rise To Becoming Fintech Hub

PromisePay, an electronic payment solutions firm out of Melbourne, recently became part of the St. Louis startup scene.
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3 Tips For STL Grads Looking For Their Dream Job From Better Weekdays CEO...

Here are a few tips from Better Weekdays CEO Chris Motley that can make identifying it a lot easier.

How St. Louis Startup Pulse Therapeutics Attracted Success

Pulse Therapeutics was founded in 2008 in St. Louis. The life science startup patented a technology to combat blood clots using the power of magnets. According to CEO, Sean Morris, a company needs two things to succeed in the startup environment.

Capital Innovators’ Brian Dixon: The Best Is Yet To Come For Tech In STL

"In the coming years, tech positions will become the most sought-after positions in the city"

Work and Play: How SixThirty’s Startups And Team Have Fun In St. Louis

St. Louis isn't just for work. We wanted to know: When these company leaders aren't in the office, where do they play?

Local focus: TopOpps’ Chisom Uche Believes Community Matters

Chisom Uche, TopOpps' fiercely intelligent and civically-motivated marketing specialist, is a sterling representative of St. Louis' entrepreneurial community.

From NY To STL: Why This Life-Science Company Relocated To The Midwest

The operating principle of St. Louis' startup community is simple: Bring in companies looking to grow, and empower them to do so

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