TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! FACT CHECKING KANSAS CITY MAYOR SLY'S INTERNETS HYPE BEFORE HE EVEN STARTS!!!
Kansas City Mayor Sly James will be giving his second State Of The City Speech today.
To wit . . .
CHECK THIS KICK-ASS KANSAS CITY INTERNETS FACT CHECK FROM A LOCAL TECH INSIDER THAT CHALLENGES HYPE AND OFFERS PERSPECTIVE ON LOCAL NUMBERS!!!
We've done some major editing to these comments but, like all Internets denizens, there's a great deal of hyperlink proof to back up these assertions . . .
Here goes . . .
"Today the mayor is going to talk a lot about entrepreneurship and tech companies, the article below should give you some basis on how that's not ACTUALLY going well in the city. I've been some meetings with city leadership and it's always about how to market the city and how to spin shit, it's rarely about solving any real problems."
"Until the KC can find a way to more aggressively keep the young tech folks here, they will keep leaving. The mayor hasn't outlined anything in his budget, he just talks about this STUFF to look cool."
Example from this Kansas City tech expert:
"Last year, the entire state of Missouri raised only $21 million, out of the $26.5 BILLION deployed in U.S. venture capital. (that's about .079% of all venture dollars—aka NOTHING."
Then we were directed to a story of Kansas City Internets Start-Up Success:
Kansas City-born Divshot closes $1.1m seed round, lays roots in LA
"These guys just raised $1.1 million dollars to build their company, almost all from the west coast."
"In addition to the Santa Monica-based venture capital firm, the startup's first round of funding includes investment from 500 Startups, Daher Capital, Floodlight Ventures, Cooley LLP, Drummond Road Capital and Eric Hammond. No Kansas City investors participated in the round—the sole Midwest investor is Cleveland, Ohio-based Drummond."
"As to whether or not this latest development means their hometown won't see the duo anymore, Bleigh, who referred to Divshot as a Silicon Prairie expat company, said both he and Johnson have family in Kansas City so they'll always have ties to the area. "I'm sure we'll also make our way back for hackathons and conferences from time to time, spreading the word about Divshot," Bleigh said."
Yeah, that doesn't really sound like Kansas City at the center of a tech revolution . . . Just some guys promising they'll write home often.
One last note from this Kansas City Tech Insider . . .
"Zarrly, which was a big story in KC, moved nearly everyone to California, so did AgLocal."
And so . . .
If/when the Mayor touts Kansas City tech and Internets progress today . . . We need to thanks KICK-ASS TKC TIPSTERS for offering perspective and data that reveals this town's tech investment and legislative efforts really aren't that significant in the grand scheme of things.
DEVELOPING . . .