Sure, there’s an illusion that has been carefully crafted by reporters and dating sites that KC is the tech hub of the Midwest, but classic start up ventures which have defined the Internet progress in other places like Silicon Valley and NYC’s Silicon Alley are pretty much non-existent in the metro. Yes, the Office Port is full of people spending their parents money but just ask a few questions and it will become apparent that running PR online is not really a technology play.
There is one exception. More than any other techie company in Kansas City Spiral 16 has epitomized this town’s lack of a real Internet boom. Recently, I had a chance to talk with two former employees and associates who reveal a lot about their experience with the biz.
“I’m so glad I’m out of there,” one former employee told me at a recent biz conference I attended at The Uptown Theater. “It was a nightmare and during my last weeks of working there things were really desperate.”
Just today I ran into another associate of the place and he revealed his opinions about the place after his departure. “They’re nice enough people but they took on a real risk by developing a high end and expensive product.”
His comment points to the crux of some complaints I’ve heard about S16. At first I thought they were just another lame advertising company but in reality they’re developers of a product/service amalgamation that retails for big bucks. Problem is, I’ve read through their site and I still don’t see how it’s any better than just signing up for Google Alerts which is currently free.
On the bright side, the company has hired a new CEO who just might be able to explain what it is the company does other than go through an awful lot of employees very quickly.
In the meantime, I’m actually hoping this company will see brighter days because so far The Internet in KC Proper is mostly for looking at porn with very few business opportunities other than hookups with fat chicks.