Rising Entrepreneurs Provide Key Insights at First Wednesdays

Photo Credit: Brandon Parigo, UMKC Division of Strategic Marketing and Communications

On March 1, a panel of Kansas City’s emerging entrepreneurial stars spoke to Bloch students, faculty and community supporters at a special First Wednesdays presentation.

Moderated by Bobby Burch, Editor-in-Chief of Startland News, panelists included:

Kris Adair, Co-founder of Mycroft, the world’s first open source voice assistant

Sanjay Gupta, Chief Operating Officer of C2FO, a financial technology company and the creator of the first market for working capital

Chris Smith, Founder of Athlete Network, the nation’s largest online network for athletes

Below are a few insights these innovators shared about their personal journeys, and advice they have for aspiring entrepreneurs.

What have you learned as your business has evolved?

Chris Smith: “The great thing about being a startup is that you’re able to adapt quickly. Keep your angle, but pivot how you do it.”

Kris Adair: “Beginning a startup is like jumping off a cliff and building a plane on the way down. Being able to adapt as you go is critical.”

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