|Jonathan George on the failure of Evomail, starting over and how Wichita can support entrepreneurs
|Wichita entrepreneur Jonathan George has been doing a lot of reflecting lately.
The startup he co-founded and led, Evomail, failed earlier this year, and it sent him into a two-month period where he ignored emails, focused on family and didn't set an alarm.
Now he's back in the startup world. He's getting involved in the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce's Entrepreneurship Task Force, and he's working with two business partners on a new startup, a social media payment concept he refers to as "Secret…
|WSU Ventures to pay out $100,000 in grant money for market-ready technologies
|The WSU Ventures arm of Wichita State University wants to reward businesses and start-ups for creating market-ready technologies in short order.
WSU Ventures, which was created to help facilitate the commercialization of ideas and intellectual property, will award five businesses or start-ups up to $100,000 combined to fund "high-potential" technologies that can be taken to market in less than 18 months.
This is another example of a philosophical shift that is happening at Wichita State as the…
|OverstockArt.com’s new service puts you in a classic painting
|OverstockArt.com, a Wichita-based e-commerce vendor, has always sold oil-painted reproductions of classic works of art. More recently, it's turned to its artists to also create paintings of customers' personal photos.
Now, it's putting the two together. Through its new Star in a Masterpiece service, customers can choose a classic painting as a backdrop, then send a photo of between one and six people to appear in the foreground.
Amitai Sasson, vice president of marketing and development for OverstockArt.com,…
|K-TAG, PikePass to be interoperable starting Nov. 1
|Starting Nov. 1, holders of the Kansas Turnpike Authority's K-TAG electronic tolling pass will be able to use the pass to pay tolls not just on the Kansas Turnpike but also on 10 toll roads in Oklahoma.
Meanwhile, those with Oklahoma's PikePass will be able to use that pass in Kansas.
The plan for electronic tolling interoperability was first announced in March.
The Kansas Turnpike Authority said in a news release that the project makes regional travel easier and more efficient.
A tool on the…
|Compute Midwest to feature iRobot founder, IBM Watson CTO, Intel futurist
|An upcoming technology conference focused on the future is drawing some influential innovators to the Midwest.
Compute Midwest, to be held Nov. 13 in Kansas City, will feature technology leaders including Rob High, chief technology officer of IBM's Watson program; Rodney Brooks, founder of Roomba vacuum maker iRobot; and Brian David Johnson, called the "chief futurist" at Intel.
"The purpose is to bring together folks to imagine the future," says organizer Michael Gelphman of the Kansas City IT…
|Kanstarter, a crowdsourcing site for Kansas communities, launches
|It's Kansas towns' very own version of Kickstarter, but with a few special twists.
Kanstarter.com, a website where Kansas communities can post projects that need help, launched Thursday morning.
It's a project of the We Kan Network, a group affiliated with the Kansas Sampler Foundation that works to support Kansas communities, especially those in rural areas. Development work was by Reflective Group, a Baldwin City, Kan.-based firm.
The site was funded via the Kansas Department of Commerce Community…
|Wesley Medical Center to launch $500,000 system to track patient procedures
|Wesley Medical Center is implementing a new technology system providing real-time updates on surgical procedures.
Wesley plans to launch its ORControl work flow system on Nov. 3 in the hospital's surgical services department. The system is being tested between now and then.
Hospital leaders say the new system is designed to better manage patient cases by scheduling and coordinating the involvement of individuals and departments inside and outside the hospital.
The system uses color-coded labels…
|StartupWichita.com hub now live
|An initial version of StartupWichita.com, an online hub for entrepreneurs, investors and others interested in Wichita's startup scene, is now live, with further developments to come.
The site started as a project spearheaded by devICT, an organization for software developers. Last month, the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce's Entrepreneurship Task Force kicked in funding to hire local firm Tortugas Consulting LLC to complete the site.
The initial version includes profiles of individuals involved…
|MakeICT, cyclists help power Off the Grid concert at Bartlett Arboretum
|Without the power of cyclists, there would have been no music at Bartlett Arboretum's final Tree House Concert of the season — or at least, no amplification of the music.
Sunday's concert, which featured Austin singer-songwriter Eliza Gilkyson and several other musicians, was held in conjunction with an Off the Grid eco-festival.
The festival was the environmental studies master's project of Friends University student Catherine Johnson. She says she wanted to create an entertaining and educational…
|Startup Weekend-born Vamonos progressing toward launch
|Vamonos means "Let's go" in Spanish and it's also the name of a Wichita-developed iPhone app that is nearly ready to go.
Vamonos was born at Wichita's first Startup Weekend last November, at the time under the name Randoms. It generates a random set of nearby sites in a given category — say, coffee shops — to help people decide where to go or discover a new place.
"It will shoot off quick suggestions — someplace new to get out of a rut," says developer Daniel James, one member of the Startup…