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SafeTrek: Downtown’s Support System

“Making Downtown a safer place to live, work and play was the goal that brought together Downtown STL, Inc. and STL-based app startup SafeTrek. After an introduction by a mutual connection, Cultivation Capital co-founder Brian Matthews, both sides quickly realized it was a perfect collaboration opportunity. SafeTrek, helmed by St. Louis native Zach Winkler, is an app aimed at, in a word, safety. If a...

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Airport Shuttles May Be Getting Safer Thanks To This Self-driving Startup

“Your ride to the airport may be getting safer, thanks to a new partnership between self-driving and safety startup Driversiti and SuperShuttle parent company Transdev. Transdev, which is also an early investor in Driversiti, is a global company that operates everything from private car services to shuttles to rail and streetcar services. Its subsidiary SuperShuttle operates airport shuttle fleets in more than 40 cities in...

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Invisible Payments And The Race To Remove The Money Last Mile

“Uber lost $1.2b last year, or so it has been reported. Its critics have once again come out of the woodwork to suggest its model is unsustainable and that Uber is doomed. I’m no financial analyst, nor am I prone to criticising $60billion startups. But what I do know, is no matter what Uber’s future holds, it has changed the world in a whole lot...

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In 5 Years, The Midwest Will Have More Startups Than Silicon Valley

“Four years ago, I was a partner at Sequoia Capital, where Drew Houston, Brian Chesky, and a daunting parade of dent-making founders routinely proved that disruption happens in Silicon Valley like nowhere else. But things were changing, and fast. We saw cloud access to cutting-edge technology sprout fast-growing companies in geographies far away from our epicenter. We, in fact, came to believe (as I still...

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Prosper Women Entrepreneurs Startup Accelerator Announces Fall 2016 Class

“We are impressed by the applications we received,” said Mary Jo Gorman, MD, MBA, lead managing partner of PWE Startup Accelerator and founder of Advanced ICU Care in a statement. “Our team of experts specializes in polishing pitches, and because of the face-to-face mentoring, we’ve seen participants propel their businesses forward. Multiple companies from our previous cohorts have already experienced rapid business growth and received...

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State of 9–1–1

“Since we (millennials) were kids, we’ve been spoon-fed with instructions from our parents, lectures from our teachers, and subtle messaging in the content we consume embedding the dialing of 9–1–1 into our domestic survival instincts. And this made sense, because as long as we dialed those 3 numbers, help was on its way. However, the technology we use to communicate has drastically changed since then—...

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Vasculox Changes Name, Raises $86M and Hires New CEO

“Tioma Therapeutics, a St. Louis-based pharmaceutical discovery startup formerly known as Vasculox, has raised an $86 million Series A led by Clayton-based RiverVest Venture Partners. The company also announced that John Donovan has been hired as the company’s president and CEO. Donovan, who also sits on Tioma’s board of directors, previously served as co-founder and CFO of Alios BioPharma, which was acquired by Johnson &...

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John Talley Appears on The Medicine Maker’s Annual Power List.

“John Talley, chief scientific officer and co-founder of Euclises Pharmaceuticals, a St. Louis biotech startup developing cancer treatments, has again been named one of the world’s most influential people in drug discovery and development. Talley appeared on The Medicine Maker’s annual power list, which recognizes 100 leading scientists and entrepreneurs in the industry. This year, Talley came in at No. 17. Last year, he ranked...

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Dr. Mary Jo Gorman: 2016 MIBW

“Having founded and operated three businesses over the course of 25 years, there was no doubt Dr. Mary Jo Gorman would be a good addition to the Prosper Women Entrepreneurs Startup Accelerator, a division of Prosper Women Entrepreneurs, as lead managing partner. “I have a lot of experience with raising funds, and a lot of management experience,” Gorman said. “Prosper was definitely a good fit...

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How To Exit At A Billion: Don’t Think About Exiting

“It’s what a lot of founders dream about—whether or not they say it out loud—and it’s the easy way to validate that a city’s startup ecosystem is growing and thriving. But according to Cultivation Capital general partner John True, it shouldn’t be the main focus of an entrepreneur. Yep, the exit. Specifically, the billion-dollar exit. The moment when an investor rids their stake in a...

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