Intended or not, the presence of Google fiber has lead some residents to open their doors to those looking utilize such crazy fast internet speeds to get their companies off the group. "Home for Hackers" (not a habitat for humanity for down on their luck programmers) is a program where startup founders can live rent free in the fiber-wired houses as they develop their businesses and hopefully move on to bigger locations in downtown Kansas City.
Startups looking to call Kansas City their home need to look no further than the Kansas City Startup Village. KCSV provides a community for startup founders to work side by side with other entrepreneurs and share resources and space in a collaborative and welcoming environment. Click here for a list of startups currently in KCSV. Tyler Van Winkle, Director of Product Development at KCSV's hometown hero Leap2, summarizes the benefit of KCSV nicely:
Access to the gigabit network is nice," he said. "But it's more about the community that has grown up around the network. It's really helpful to be around a lot of like minded people who support each other."
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