The History of the #KCSV

This is the history of the Kansas City Startup Village (#KCSV). For more information, please visit

The Kansas City Startup Village (#KCSV) is an entrepreneur-led, organic, grassroots initiative helping to bolster the Kansas City startup scene by creating a concentrated and collaborative community of startups. Our vision: to help solidify Kansas City as a premiere startup city in America.

Leap2 inquires about moving into the 4454 House

Leap2 asks Matthew Marcus of Local Ruckus if they can move into his then vacant building. Matthew agrees.

The Homes for Hackers House

Ben Barreth (Founder of the Homes for Hackers program - puts in an offer on a house at 4428 State Line Rd. At this time, Matthew and Adam barely know Ben, and vice versa.

Local Ruckus and FormZapper agree to join Leap2 in the 4454 House.

Local Ruckus and FormZapper discuss options with Mike of Leap2 and agree to take the basement of the 4454 House.

The #KCSV is Born

Ben sends an email to Matthew and Adam (now all friends) about the organic congregation of hackers and startups which is occuring. It eventually becomes named the Kansas City Startup Village (

Local Ruckus Moves To The #KCSV

Local Ruckus moves into the 4454 House.

FormZapper Moves To The #KCSV

FormZapper moves into the 4454 House.

Hacker #1

Mike Demarais of (, the first member of the Homes for Hackers program, moves from Boston to Kansas City.

Hacker #2

Andrew Evans of Jekyllhub ( becomes the second member of the Homes for Hackers program. He moves from San Francisco to Kansas City.

The Homes for Hackers House Becomes Official

Ben Barreth closes on 4428 State Line. The first hacker house is official.

Leap2 Moves To The #KCSV

Leap2 moves into the 4454 House.

SquareOffs Moves To The #KCSV

SquareOffs ( moves to 1913 45th St.

Hacker House Clean-up Day

The #KCSV bands together and helps Ben Barreth clean-up the first hacker house.

The #KCSV Gets A Logo

Thanks to Jeff Haddock of Eskabar Design (, the #KCSV gets a logo and brand.

Google Fiber Installed

Google Fiber ( gets installed into the 4428 and 4454 houses. The media train starts rolling...

First #KCSV Meeting

The #KCSV has it's first official meeting hosted at the Kauffman Foundation (

Hacker #4

Nick Budidharma ( becomes the fourth Homes for Hackers hacker and moves from Hilton Head, SC to Kansas City.

Hacker #3

Synthia Payne of CyberJammer ( becomes the third Homes for Hackers hacker. She moves from Denver to Kansas City.

The First Fiber Tourist

The first ever Google Fiber tourist books the spare AirBNB room at the Hacker House.

The Wall Street Journal

Jack Nicas of The Wall Street Journal covers the #KCSV story.

CNN - Anderson Cooper 360

Tom Foreman from the CNN Anderson Cooper 360 show flies to Kansas City to cover the #KCSV.

Pearl Leaves Moves To The #KCSV

Pearl Leaves ( moves to 4451 Francis St.

EyeVerify Moves To The #KCSV

EyeVerify ( moves to 1913 45th St.

Rocket Fuel Partners Moves To The #KCSV

Rocket Fuel Partners ( moves to 1913 45th St.

Startup Weekend KC Hackers

10 entrepreneurs stay at the Homes for Hackers house over Startup Weekend KC (

Startup village video shoot

“Startups - Made in Kansas City” video shoot (to be aired on June 20, 2013)

Lantern moves to the #KCSV

Lantern moves into Cambridge Fiber Home

RFP365 moves to the #KCSV

RFP365 moves into Cambridge Fiber Home

Closing on Cambridge Fiber Home

Rob and Todd close on Cambridge Fiber Home

Japanese delegates visit village

Japanese delegates visit the Village to learn about American entrepreneurship

Mayor visits the village

Mayor Sly James visits the Village

Gig2Gig session with chattanooga

#KCSV and Chattanooga, TN have their 1st Gig2Gig session

Russian Delegates visit village

Russian delegates tour the Village to learn about American entrepreneurship

Pipeline moves to the #KCSV

Pipeline moves to the #KCSV

Brad Feld purchases fiber house

Brad Feld purchases home in the Village

Pakistani delegates visit #KCSV

Pakistani delegates tour the #KCSV

Turkish delegates Visit #KCSV

Turkish delegates tour the #KCSV

Governor Brownback Visits #KCSV

KS Governor Sam Brownback came to visit the start up village

Latin American delegates visit #KCSV

Latin America delegates tour the #KCSV

Mike Burke and Ray Daniels visit #KCSV

Mike Burke (MO) and Ray Daniels (KS) of the mayor's bi-state initiative tour the #KCSV

Jason Kander visits #KCSV

Visit from Missouri Secretary of State, Jason Kander

#KCSV Open House

#KCSV Hosts an open house

Foreign Press tour #KCSV

State Department Foreign Press tour (Turkey, China, Japan, Norway, India, and Brazil)

Congressman Kevin Yoder tours #KCSV

KS Congressman Kevin Yoder & KS/MO congressional staff tour the Village

#KCSV gets first employee

Brittain Kovac becomes 1st #KCSV employee

Irish Embassy and EU tour the Village

Irish Embassy and EU tour the Village

#KCSV airs on KCPT

#KCSV aires on Startups: Made in Kansas City on KCPT Click "More"

Nick Budidharma moves in

Nick Budidharma moves into Cambridge Fiber Home

Representative from Lebanon visits #KCSV

Tony, from Lebanon, visits to learn about replicating the Village model in the Middle East

Hacker #5

Hacker #5, Phil Jaycox of St. Louis, MO, moves into the Homes for Hackers

Hackers #6 - #9

Hacker #6, Chris Baran, of Florida, hackers #7 & 8, David Clark and Tim Haskins of upstate NY, and Hacker #9, Flash of San Fracnisco, move into the Homes for Hackers

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