STL Technology News

The thriving technology scene covering startups, incubators, investors, etc.
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There's lot of good happenings in the STL tech community, I'd like to use this thread to keep track:


First, an article about Manifest & Xiolnk, very positive article about the downtown tech scene:

http://fox2now.com/2013/07/18/tech-startups-booming-in-st-louis/
An article about ShipWorks, a company that just located to an office in the Gateway tower:

The founders had worked out of separate offices for years, Clayton in Manchester and Nottingham in Springfield, Ill. They knew they wanted to be downtown, and when they saw the top-floor space in the Gateway Tower — once home to D’Arcy Advertising — they fell in love with the view.


http://www.stltoday.com/business/columns/david-nicklaus/software-firm-offers-sign-of-new-st-louis-future/article_e0f51cd5-91e0-5a47-b04c-2034b6540962.html
Very encouraging news! Thank you for sharing.

I noticed the ShipWorks sign lit up downtown and wondered what it was, but never looked it up. Thanks for posting that as well.
St. Louis Tech Company Ranked Among ‘Fastest-Growing’

Contegix started ten years ago and marketing director Tom Prindiville says that as more companies need help with data storage and management, the company has grown.

“Over the past five years, we’ve grown it 430 percent,” he says.

Contegix recently moved into a new headquarters in downtown St. Louis, a building Prindiville calls unique.


http://stlouis.cbslocal.com/2013/07/22/st-louis-tech-company-ranked-among-fastest-growing/
Not STL, but pretty cool. DC downtown library opened basically free incubator space for anyone willing to teach a 1 hour class per month in their area of expertise. They already have classes offered in 3D printing, photoshop, etc.

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/ ... geNumber=1

Something like this would be great in downtown STL. Another great way for startup community to stay hot.
Positive article on STL by "A lifetime resident of St. Louis, Chuck Cohn ... Founder and CEO of Varsity Tutors"

St. Louis: A Model For Aspiring Tech Hubs

"Only a few U.S. cities can claim to be technology meccas. Silicon Valley, Boston, Seattle, and — recently — New York City are responsible for the lion’s share of successful tech startups in the U.S., but they can no longer stake a sole claim. New tech hubs, like St. Louis, are emerging. St. Louis’ rise can serve as a model for other would-be hubs."

http://www.forbes.com/sites/theyec/2013 ... tech-hubs/
The Facebook of Sports? Yes, Actually

http://www.forbes.com/sites/christophersteiner/2013/07/31/the-facebook-of-sports-yes-actually/

As Lockerdome grew, Lozano was often frustrated by the lack of a tech scene within his city. Leaving St. Louis almost seemed inevitable.

“As of just a couple years ago, the tech startup scene here was dead,” says Lozano. “It was better to tell people that you were unemployed than to say you were a tech entrepreneur, as it as least implied the desire to have a real job.”

But the last 18 months, because of Lockerdome and a coterie of others, has brought real progress to St. Louis.
former Microsoft exec to be entrepreneur in residence for St. Louis' Information Technology Entrepreneur Network.

http://www.stltoday.com/business/column ... TA.twitter
This looks like it might be promising -

"Chris Heivly, the co-founder of Mapquest and the accelerator program Triangle Startup Factory, is considering St. Louis as a possible location and will be in town for Plug In2 STL"

http://techli.com/plugin2stl-august7
Young entrepreneurs find capital, and a home, in St. Louis
http://www.stltoday.com/business/column ... d82db.html

Holekamp said Marciniak, 24, and Sullivan, 18, have gotten far by being humble and willing to listen.


24 and 18! That's amazing!
Looks like a new accelerator is ready to go - will work with TRex - makes me wonder where Trex will wind up going

http://www.bizjournals.com/stlouis/blog ... aunch.html
beer city wrote:
Looks like a new accelerator is ready to go - will work with TRex - makes me wonder where Trex will wind up going

http://www.bizjournals.com/stlouis/blog ... aunch.html


Awesome stuff. For anyone who doesn't know, that's Jim McKelvey, one of the founders of Square, Inc. Jack Dorsey, founder of Twitter, is on the board of Square.
Jim McKelvey and Jack Dorsey are co-founders of Square. Jack is CEO of Square and Jim is on the board of Square. Jim also owns 3rd Degree Glass Factory and is a General Partner of Cultivation Capital in St. Louis. Jim has been getting more engaged in the St. Louis start-up scene.
tech840 wrote:
Jim McKelvey and Jack Dorsey are co-founders of Square. Jack is CEO of Square and Jim is on the board of Square. Jim also owns 3rd Degree Glass Factory and is a General Partner of Cultivation Capital in St. Louis. Jim has been getting more engaged in the St. Louis start-up scene.


Thank you for the clarification - that's what I thought, but that's not what the McKelvey's Wiki page said so didn't want to be wrong - looks like I was wrong either way 8)
Jack Dorsey coming back to town to speak at a traveling start up conference -

http://www.bizjournals.com/stlouis/blog ... ml?ana=twt
beer city wrote:
Looks like a new accelerator is ready to go - will work with TRex - makes me wonder where Trex will wind up going

http://www.bizjournals.com/stlouis/blog ... aunch.html

There's no reason for T-Rex to move. As far as I know, they're staying.
McKelvey is putting his money where his mouth is.

Aug 13, 2013, 9:57am CDT
McKelvey startup to pair coders with St. Louis companies
St. Louis Business Journal

A group of St. Louis-based entrepreneurs are in the early stages of creating a system that could drastically change the talent profile of the IT industry in the St. Louis-area.

LaunchCode, the latest creation from Jim McKelvey, is set to publicly debut later this month and by the end of September will likely place at least 100 up and coming coders at companies across St. Louis.

The process is called pair programming and it puts an inexperienced coder with a coder that is well versed in the language, with the hope being the more seasoned programmer will bring the younger one up to speed.

Those inexperienced coders will work full-time with the veteran, and their company, for three months with the goal being a job at the end of the mentorship.

“We are going to fix a lot of the deficit that exists right now in the IT world for both the largest companies in St. Louis to the smallest startups,” McKelvey said. “We’re all having the same problem and this is a grand effort to change that region-wide in a very significant manner.”

Already on board as partner companies are big names such as World Wide Technologies, Monsanto, Savvis, Enterprise, Build-a-Bear, Express Scripts and Contegix. Local big name startups such as Lockerdome, Shipworks and FoodEssentials are also on board, according to the LaunchCode website.

A full list of partnering companies will be announced Aug. 20 at a press conference, which will also provide more details on the project.

McKelvey, co-founder of Square and general partner at Cultivation Capital, said he’s received overwhelmingly positive responses from the St. Louis companies he’s approached to participate.

Read More @ St. Louis Business Journal
innov8ion wrote:
beer city wrote:
Looks like a new accelerator is ready to go - will work with TRex - makes me wonder where Trex will wind up going

http://www.bizjournals.com/stlouis/blog ... aunch.html

There's no reason for T-Rex to move. As far as I know, they're staying.


A recent Business Journal article mentioned that they're looking to buy or lease a new long-term location downtown. They've looked at 8-10 buildings, 60,000-100,000 sf.
^Although larger than desired, the General American Life building would be perfect. Prominent 128,000 square foot building.

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See St. Louis Post-Dispatch photo gallery here.
^ Although I hate that building, I agree it would be nice to have it filled with a forward-thinking outfit. Perhaps the lobby could also have some kind of creative public function.
What's wrong with Railway Exchange?
arch city wrote:
^Although larger than desired, the General American Life building would be perfect. Prominent 128,000 square foot building.


That would be ideal, IMO. Might be a little pricey for T-REX, however.
I hear they are close to making a decision on the Trex location and I am very happy about the building they are discussing. :D
tech840 wrote:
I hear they are close to making a decision on the Trex location and I am very happy about the building they are discussing. :D


It will interesting to see what building you are talking about. Assuming they are changing locations by your comment.

I'm with Downtown2007, what is wrong with Railway Exchange? especially if you get data center going between floors 3-8 and/or Data Center & T-REX on floors 3-8. Get true multi use going with Raiway Exchange - Retail/Office/topped off Residential. Like Jefferson Arms, I think both structures will need to have their space put to use in multiple fashions more so with Railway Exchange to fill out a huge gap of empty space for downtown. T-Rex fleeing Railway Exchange doesn't help matters considering that their is ample room for them to keep growing in that building.
dredger wrote:
tech840 wrote:
I hear they are close to making a decision on the Trex location and I am very happy about the building they are discussing. :D


It will interesting to see what building you are talking about. Assuming they are changing locations by your comment.

I'm with Downtown2007, what is wrong with Railway Exchange? especially if you get data center going between floors 3-8 and/or Data Center & T-REX on floors 3-8. Get true multi use going with Raiway Exchange - Retail/Office/topped off Residential. Like Jefferson Arms, I think both structures will need to have their space put to use in multiple fashions more so with Railway Exchange to fill out a huge gap of empty space for downtown. T-Rex fleeing Railway Exchange doesn't help matters considering that their is ample room for them to keep growing in that building.


It sounded to me like T-Rex is prefectly happy staying at the Railway Exchange, but it's not their decision to make.