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Each week, Michael Calhoun, KMOX news reporter, and Travis Sheridan, executive director at Venture Cafe, take you inside how innovators are transforming and revitalizing the St. Louis region.

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Each week, Michael Calhoun, KMOX news reporter, and Travis Sheridan, executive director at Venture Cafe, take you inside how innovators are transforming and revitalizing the St. Louis region.
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2019-06-24 17:01
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AB Mauri expands, inside Express Scripts, City Foundry grocery, Dog Spot

This week, Michael shares interviews with Rick Oleshak with AB Mauri about the company's expansion in the Cortex district. January Realista of Express Scripts previews how and when you can interact with the healthcare giant at Venture Café. Steve Smith... author

Health Innovation, Idea Bounce, Geospatial

Michael and Travis host this edition of the show from the 2019 Health Innovation Summit; they talk with a Global STL leader and the founders of a start-up from Israel. Want to learn about starting a company? Washington University's Skandalaris Center i... author

On Location -- Knitting Factory, Biotech Incubator, St. Louis Makes

First, Michael goes to the future home of Evolution St. Louis, which will bringing apparel manufacturing back to the U.S. and Missouri. He talks with New York fashion executives Jon Lewis and John Elmuccio. Then, Travis goes inside the construction zon... author

Sheridan’s Container House, TechArtista with Christopher Holt

Welcome home, Travis! We visit the house of our co-host Travis Sheridan. Sheridan’s home is built out of shipping containers in Old North Saint Louis. CEO Christopher Holt of TechArtista joins the show this week discussing the startup aimed at enabling... author

On-site at Venture Café and Fields Foods – MARSFarm, Gene Editing, Urban Grocery Shopping

Venture Café Executive Director Tyler Mathews kicks off the show with Michael and Travis. Events are coming to St. Louis that St. Louis residents may not even know about. Peter Webb of MARSFarm, explains controlled environment growth chambers and how t... author

Bayer, Rescued Furnishings, Fried

Jeremy Williams is the Head of Plant Bio Technology at Bayer. What is new is the world of agriculture? Hint: It affects your food. Nicole Genz of Rescued Furnishings discusses her business not only as a business, but a marketplace for others. Fried foo... author

Ballpark Village, Kansas City Tech Rivalry, Arch Grants

Smartphones are the way of entry for Busch Stadium, but the classic ticket is still an option. Also, are other venues copying the idea of Ballpark Village? Kerry Emerson and Bill DeWitt III of the St. Louis Cardinal’s join the show. Mary Louise Helbig,... author

Cherokee Venue, Tech Workforce, Gateway 311, We The People

Darian Wigfall takes us into his new underground venue called "The Following" near Cherokee Street. Ted Abernathy explains the Missouri Technology 2030 report and how we rank against the rest of the country. Mike Hoffey describes how to file service re... author

STL MADE, LaunchCode Partnership, Marijuana Start-ups, Ability Tech at Cortex

STL MADE is an effort to raise civic pride by spotlighting the accomplishments of St. Louisans. Lee Broughton explains. LaunchCode is partnering to get more people trained for coding careers. We stop by a conference for would-be marijuana start-ups and... author

STL Medical Tech in Israel, Yield Lab Invests, Civic Innovation

We check in with Global STL's Donn Rubin, who's looking for new medical technology start-ups to recruit from Israel to St. Louis. Yield Lab Principal Matt Plummer tells us about the fund's latest investments in agriculture technology. CityLab's Laura B... author

Geospatial Research, T-Rex Wall Smashing, Canna Advisors

Ness Sandoval talks with Michael after hosting a 'Geospatial 101' seminar at Saint Louis University about mapping health outcomes, population trends, and more. T-Rex Executive Director Patricia Hagan explains why they're smashing walls to make way for ... author

Warner Baxter, Christian Johnson, Jonathan Kotthoff

Warner Baxter of Ameren, Christian Johnson of MultiPass Ventures, Jonathan Kotthoff of Migo IQ. author

Venture Cafe, One Million Cups, Slam Agency

Live from Venture Cafe, Michael and Travis discuss the national level of Venture Cafe, the journey of making a startup, and later welcome Michael Johnson from the Slam Agency. author

NBA in STL, EdHubSTL, Cangea Project, Geospatial Tech in STL

Patrick Rishe of Washington University discussing potential for NBA in St. Louis, Manager of Innovation Hall EdHubSTL Sherita Love, Jay Lindberg of the Cangea Project combining Blockchain and cannabis, Ken Olliff on Geospatial Technology in St. Louis. author

Alderman Scott Ogilvie, President and CEO of Bi-State Development Taulby Roach

Scott Ogilvie joins Michael and Travis talking about the possibility of dissolving St. Louis City and St. Louis County to create a new government covering the entire area itself. Taulby Roach is the newly named President and CEO for Bi-State Developmen... author

Numina, Modern Litho, On Site at Global Hack

Travis interviews Tara Pham of the start-up Numina, whose sensors measure urban street activity, and stops by Modern Litho to find out how a legacy, analog business is adapting to the digital world. Michael goes to Global Hack to find out how coders ar... author

Coolfire Solutions, Lambert Airport, GlobalHack Preview

St. Louis-based tech firm Coolfire Solutions has raised $11.5 million in investment dollars. Lambert Airport is planning a terminal expansion with the help of Southwest Airlines. GlobalHack is next weekend and we get a preview. author

Cancer Treatment Gets Big Investment, Changing Grocery Market

St. Louis' farm team of biotech companies is notching some big hits. Eric Gulve and Donn Rubin of BioGenerator and BioSTL talk about record-breaking investment in two local companies. Retail analyst Burt Flickinger III takes us behind-the-scenes of Sch... author

In Lieu of LouFest

From one cancelled festival sprang many. Michael and Travis showcase the region coming together to help food, beverage and art vendors thrown a loop by LouFest's last-minute cancellation. They talk with Sarah Zigman of TLZ Designs, Aaron Park of Arch A... author

USDA Institute, Venture Cafe EdTech

Carol Daniel fills in for Travis. The USDA is moving the National Institute of Food and Agriculture out of D.C. and into the heartland.  St. Louis came up with the idea for the institute two decades ago and BioSTL's Donn Rubin makes the case for why th... author

Boosa Tech, Start-up Investing, Cortex MetroLink

This week, Michael and Travis talk with Chris Reimer of Boosa Tech, a new way to always keep your phone charged, Andrew Smith with the Regional Chamber about his report on start-up investing in St. Louis, and they discuss this week's opening of the Cor... author

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Sally A. Leible, President and CEO of Airport Terminal Services

Hosts Michael Calhoun and Travis Sheridan sit down with Sally A. Leible, President and CEO of Airport Terminal Services, to discuss "Wingtips", the new lounge coming to Terminal 2 of Lambert International Airport. For more information, go to http://win... author

Andrew Smith, Head of Innovation and Entrepreneurialism for the St. Louis Regional Chamber

Hosts Michael Calhoun and Travis Sheridan sit down with Andrew Smith, Head of Innovation and Entrepreneurialism for the St. Louis Regional Chamber, to discuss the potential of St. Louis gaining the highly anticipated Hyperloop One. author

Ken Niemann, President at Paramount Mortgage Company

Host Michael Calhoun sits down with Ken Niemann, President at Paramount Mortgage Company, to discuss the Paramount bank branch in North St. Louis County, and the innovations they are taking to lead the industry. author

Next Amazon, Purina Pet Care Innovation, Digital Health in Israel

Arch Grants executive director Emily Lohse-Busch says let's build the next Amazon in St. Louis. We'll hear about the Purina Pet Care Innovation Prize and one of their start-ups, Animal Biome. Donn Rubin of BioSTL calls from Tel Aviv talks about their t... author

STL Hustle, North-South MetroLink, Tastemakers

Catherine Neville, publisher of Feast Magazine, fills in for Travis this week. Michael and Cat talk about the now-released St. Louis sales pitch for Amazon and get details from Sheila Sweeney, of the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership. Also, an... author

Medici Marketplace and LaunchCode Graduates

Brett Kline will introduce us to Medici Marketplace, a co-working space for creative professionals. And then we'll talk via Skype with some graduates of two LaunchCode class, including CoderGirl, and get the latest on their programs. author

Hyperloop, App-Based Banking, New Lambert Lounge, Cortex Recognized

Hyperloop promises to be a fast route of transportation and we'll get an update on the St. Louis-to-Kansas City route from St. Louis Regional Chamber VP Andrew Smith. North county's Paramount Bank aims to become the next Simple. Business travelers get ... author

The Biggest Local Innovation Stories from 2018

St. Louis Post-Dispatch business columnist David Nicklaus joins Michael and Travis to talk about the biggest business and innovation stories of the year. Also, Doug Auer of Third Degree Glass Factory gives us a tour of the new Maker Studio. author

Star Wars Bloxels, Cortex Keeps Growing, Beer Hub

Last year, St. Louis video game firm Pixel Press partnered with Mattel to more widely manufacture and distribute its game called Bloxels. This holiday season brings a deal with Disney. Pixel Press' Robin Rath stops by to explain.  Dennis Lower of the C... author

Bob Clark of Clayco

The long-delayed Loop Trolley project got a boost from St. Louis design, construction and real estate firm Clayco.  Founder and CEO Bob Clark says the company is donating cash and expertise to get the project back on track. Michael also talks with Clar... author


Brazen is an organization that seeks to empower women business owners. Its original name was 'Prosper Women Entrepreneurs.' Travis talks with Jennifer Ehlen of Brazen Global and Mindy Mazur of Brazen St. Louis about their programs and the current clima... author

TechShop Becomes Maker Studio

TechShop was a national chain of industrial workshops that filed for bankruptcy just before the holidays. A group of St. Louisans involved with Third Degree Glass Factory are reviving it under the name Maker Studio. It re-opened just in time for local ... author

Scottrade Center, Ameren Investments, Deloitte Jobs

Michael Calhoun talks with Edward Jones Chief Executive Jim Weddle about Scottrade Center naming rights, Chief Executive Warner Baxter Ameren on investing in startups and Principal of Deloitte on tech jobs in St. Louis. author

Aaron Perlut, Karen Weise, Steve Stenger - Amazon HQ2

AARON PERLUT, of the digital marketing firm Elasticity, via Skype, on St. Louis having more social media mentions related to Amazon's HQ2 than any other city; KAREN WEISE, Bloomberg News reporter in Seattle, via Skype, on how being a company town for A... author

Puerto Rico Start-Up, Purina Hack-A-Thon, Scramble for Amazon

St. Louis could help migo IQ, a Puerto Rican start-up affected by Hurricane Maria. We'll get the scoop via Skype. Purina is holding a pet-related hack-a-thon this weekend at its headquarters. Less than a week until Amazon's HQ2 headline, so we'll go to... author

Hyperloop One, Joe Buck, Inside #Amazon2STL Efforts

Missouri is back in the running for Hyperloop between STL and KC. Andrew Smith at the Regional Chamber updates us. Then, Sheila Sweeney and Katy Jamboretz of the Economic Development Partnership take us inside the bid for Amazon's HQ2. Joe Buck makes h... author

Aaron Perlut on Amazon HQ2, Laclede Gas Becomes Spire

Michael and Carol Daniel talk with Elasticity's Aaron Perlut about how best to market the St. Louis region for Amazon's second headquarters. Carol talks with Spire CEO Suzanne Sitherwood about the local company's growth and her role with Better Togethe... author

Geospatial Technology, Bayer and Monsanto Update

St. Louis is becoming a hub for geospatial technology. Michael and Travis introduce you to what's going on at the YouGeo conference at Cortex. Also, an executive at Bayer CropScience talks about agriculture challenges and what may happen after the Mons... author

Innovation Report, Venture Cafe Tokyo, View on Amazon from Seattle

Missouri Gov. Greitens' innovation task force is out with their report. What does it recommend to keep St. Louis' tech momentum going? We'll also talk with Yasu Yamakawa, an expert on failure who's also expanding Venture Cafe to Toyko. This week Amazon... author

Dierbergs Delivery, Boundless, Coder Girl

Amazon closes its deal for Whole Foods Market just as another local grocer starts delivery. We'll talk with Dierbergs. A local geospatial firm donates to help get more women interested in programming. Boundless CEO Andy Dearing and LaunchCode executive... author

New Jobs, More Fiber, Amazon Tour, Start-Up Investment

AT&T is hiring in Missouri and also rolling out fiber internet to more of St. Louis County. Amazon is opening up its fulfillment centers in Edwardsville, IL to celebrate their first birthday. The St. Louis Regional Chamber is helping ensure start-u... author

Airbnb Insurance, Small Business Initiative, Confluence's "Exit"

Have plans to post your home on Airbnb to make some extra cash during the total solar eclipse? State Farm Insurance has some tips. We learn about the work Washington University's Small Business Initiative is doing in Ferguson. Confluence Life Sciences ... author