|Would tech-sector growth increase inequality in Wichita?
|Among the nation’s 50 largest cities, Wichita has one of the smallest gaps between the rich and the poor, according to a recent study by the Brookings Institution.
As several media reports in the wake of the study pointed out, cities with larger gaps tended to be ones where sectors like finance and technology are thriving. It raises the question: Do these sectors contribute to economic inequality? And if so, does it follow that inequality will increase as Wichita’s tech sector grows?
|New Verizon format a case study in brick-and-mortar customer engagement
|That the new Verizon Wireless Smart Store format is an interesting shopping experience is pretty clear. Walk in the door of the relaunched Wichita store in NewMarket Square, and customers are huddled around tables, playing with fitness, music, home automation and fun devices and even connecting them directly to their phones.
But the new format is paying off, too. Since the Smart Store opened Feb. 6, manager Melissa Pronk says she’s seeing customers spend an average of $90 on accessories and supplemental…
|AT&T’s home security and automation service now available in Wichita
|AT&T launched today its Digital Life home security and automation services in Wichita, Albany, N.Y., Dayton, Ohio and Grand Rapids, Mich.
The service is now available in 63 cities nationwide.
Customers at AT&T’s Wichita stores can demo and purchase Digital Life products, which are also available online.
The products and services offered through Digital Life are all from AT&T, not from third parties, the company says.
AT&T says Digital Life plugs in to a home owner’s existing broadband service.…
|Evomail raising $500,000 under new SEC rules
|Wichita tech startup Evomail, which runs an app designed to improve mobile email management, is raising $500,000 in capital to fund growth and hiring.
Evomail’s capital raise is listed on the website AngelList, and CEO Jonathan George says the company is raising funds under new Securities and Exchange Commission rules that allow companies to publicly talk about raising money.
The federal JOBS Act lifted the ban on “general solicitation,” so companies can promote their capital raises on social…
|Evomail lands $280,000 enterprise license, pursuing other deals
|The Wichita-based creators of Evomail, an app designed to improve the mobile email experience, have secured a $280,000-per-year enterprise license with a search engine company, and they say they have five other enterprise deals in the pipeline.
CEO Jonathan George says he can’t name the search engine company Evomail is working with.
Evomail is pursuing enterprise licenses as both a distribution method and a source of revenue, he says.
The company has opted not to charge individual users for…
|Three reasons why an ‘unconference’ could be just what Wichita’s entrepreneurship community needs
|Eventually, events designed to help Wichita entrepreneurs and business leaders bump into each other will probably cease to be novel.
For now, though, an upcoming event, the ICT Unconference, is a logical next step in fostering startups and job creation, say several “ambassadors” responsible for spreading the word about the event.
Details about the Unconference, which is set for April 22 at Wichita Marriott Hotel, are available in a previous TechFlash post.
Here are three reasons why some of…
|Entrepreneurs, leaders plan to collaborate at Wichita’s first unconference
|The group behind Wichita’s first unconference says it wants to improve Wichita’s “collision density.”
What’s that? The level of connection between entrepreneurs, investors and connectors in a single area, says the ICT Unconference website.
ICT Unconference — not a traditional conference partly because of its loose format — will be held April 22 at Wichita Marriott Hotel.
According to a news release from organizers, who include Wichita Technical Corp. and a variety of individual leaders…
|Cox a partner in program to connect low-income families to the Internet
|When I wrote Tuesday about the fact that, as of 2012, nearly 20 percent of Kansans lived in households without Internet access, I mentioned that some aren’t connected because they say it’s too expensive.
But a program is available in Kansas to help with that. Sarah Kauffman of Cox Communications tells me Cox is among participants in the Connect2Compete initiative. As part of the program, Cox discounts its price for high-speed home Internet to $9.95 per month. That service starts at $48.99, following…
|Wichitans relaunch phone equipment company under TeleSystems name
|TeleSystems LLC lives again.
Earle Brown, Brian Howerton, Buddy Truesdell and Douglas Walker have restarted the business, which sells Toshiba business telephone systems, voice mail, surveillance cameras and access control. The company also installs phone and computer cable.
The four are co-owners and equal partners in the business.
They’ve opened a 1,200-square-foot office at 9920 E. Harry, suite 270. They are the business’ only four employees for now, though sub-contractors are utilized on…
|Books & Whatnot, national newsletter and website for booksellers, launches from Wichita
|It’s rare for an independent bookstore to have someone on staff full-time with marketing expertise, and many booksellers hardly feel they have the time to think about promotion, says Beth Golay, who recently departed Watermark Books & Cafe, where she was marketing manager.
Her new venture, Books & Whatnot, attempts to help. Golay launched the website and e-mail newsletter Jan. 1 in partnership with Kenton Hansen, who builds digital products and owns The Labor Party co-working space. Golay’s…