Leveraging Regional Assets: Insights from High-Growth Companies in Kansas City

32 Pages Posted: 10 Aug 2013

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Yasuyuki Motoyama

University of Kansas - Geography & Atmospheric Science Department

Brian Danley

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) - Department of Forest Economics

Jordan Bell-Masterson

Amazon

Kate Maxwell

Duke University

Arnobio Morelix

Startup Genome

Date Written: July 2013

Abstract

As a typical Midwestern city, Kansas City and its successful entrepreneurs often are overlooked in economic development studies. We find, however, compelling evidence that the region has ample entrepreneurial success to celebrate, study, and share since numerous Kansas City area firms have appeared on Inc. magazine’s list of the fastest-growing companies. We recently interviewed the founders of some of these firms in the city’s information technology, biotechnology, and business services sectors about their views on the strengths and viability of Kansas City's entrepreneurial ecosystem. We gained valuable insights for area policy and economic leaders.

Keywords: Kansas City, regional, entrepreneur, entrepreneurial, economic development, growth, high-growth, policy

Suggested Citation

Motoyama, Yasuyuki and Danley, Brian and Bell-Masterson, Jordan and Maxwell, Kate and Morelix, Arnobio, Leveraging Regional Assets: Insights from High-Growth Companies in Kansas City (July 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2307905 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2307905

Yasuyuki Motoyama (Contact Author)

University of Kansas - Geography & Atmospheric Science Department ( email )

1475 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66045
United States

Brian Danley

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) - Department of Forest Economics ( email )

S-901 83 Umea
Sweden
0720030617 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.slu.se/en/cv/brian-danley/

Jordan Bell-Masterson

Amazon ( email )

Seattle, WA 98144
United States

HOME PAGE: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jordan-bell-masterson-43537739

Kate Maxwell

Duke University ( email )

Durham, NC 27708-0097
United States

Arnobio Morelix

Startup Genome ( email )

212 Clara Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
United States

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