Kyle Geary — The Hale Center For Journalism
Entrepreneurship reporter Kyle Geary brings you a curated reading list about things related to entrepreneurship and business every Monday.
1. Bitcoin value crashes as major exchange freezes withdrawals — Business Insider
The value of bitcoin has dipped sharply in value to $647 as Mt. Gox, a major exchange in the bitcoin world, has continued to freeze bitcoin withdrawals. The company originally halted transactions on Friday, citing a technical issue — which they claim is not limited to the exchange. Despite the freeze, users are still able to make withdrawals in U.S. dollars.
2. Kansas City company takes on marijuana market with software — Kansas City Star
Kansas City–based Agrisoft Development Group LLC is trying to become a major player in the marijuana industry. According to the Kansas City Star, the company is developing software to help “growers, processors, and retailers comply with regulations, keep their operations secure and run their businesses better.” The company’s software tracks the entire life-cycle of the marijuana plant from the beginning as a seed, until is is sold to the consumer.
3. Sprint Accelerator to host mobile health application companies — Hale Center For Journalism
Reporter Caitlin Cress visited the Sprint Accelerator and spoke with GM Erik Wullschleger about its mobile health accelerator program. The program will mentor a select group of startups and offers up to $120,000 in combined seed funding. While Wullschleger could not comment on which businesses will be in the program, he did mention why advancement in mobile health is critical to the future.
4. Missouri ranks highest on list for gains in tech jobs — Kansas City Business Journal
The Kansas City Business Journal reports that Missouri has once again topped the list for being the “fastest-growing state for tech employment.” This is Missouri’s second straight year ranked No. 1, according to a report by dice.com. The state increased its number of tech jobs by 8 percent.