Tech Company is Looking For a Few ‘Great Nerds’ in KC

 Minneapolis-based technology company on Wednesday announced an expansion of its Downtown Kansas City operation that includes adding 100 jobs over the next five years, according to a report by The Kansas City StarThe Nerdery has 33 employees here. After outgrowing its initial Kansas City office after two years, the company moved last month to a larger location in the historic Western Union Building at 100 E. 7th St.The Star continued:

“We found Kansas City by hiring a couple of cool people here,” Tom O’Neill, the company’s president, said Wednesday.

Choosing Kansas City to house what was then Nerdery’s third corporate office was another story. O’Neill said support from the city was critical to seeing the tech community here as a place to land.

“I was a little skeptical we could get that much talent here,” O’Neill said.

Instead, O’Neill said he has found “great nerds” here. The company is looking for software developers and designers and quality assurance and project managers. Job postings are at the company’s website.

The Nerdery is hiring as Sprint, long a significant employer, is cutting its payroll, including more than 450 at its Overland Park headquarters.

“We’re hiring as fast as we can,” O’Neill said.

KC earns high marks from Travel + Leisure

Announced in the magazine’s November 2014 issue, the readers of Travel + Leisure have chosen Kansas City as America’s Most Affordable Getaway for the fourth consecutive year and the third best city overall.

More than 50,000 votes were cast this summer in the magazine’s eighth annual “America’s Favorite Cities” survey, which asked readers to compare 38 destinations in 67 categories, ranging in topics from arts and culture to quality of life.

Kansas City placed among the top five destinations in 20 different categories. In addition to grabbing the #1 spot in Affordability, Kansas City also placed first in categories dedicated to Barbecue, Christmas Lights, Good Drivers and Flea Market shopping. A full list of Kansas City’s 20 top-five finishes is below.

“Kansas City is not-so-quietly earning a name for itself as an exciting destination worth talking about—whether it’s for arts, dining, budget-friendly attractions or sports,” said Visit KC President & CEO Ronnie Burt. “These rankings prove what we’ve known all along: visit KC and you’ll walk away impressed.”

For the full list of rankings, see the November issue of Travel + Leisure on newsstands next Friday, Oct. 17 or visit

Kansas City Rankings in “America’s Favorite Cities”
A Record 20 Top-5 Rankings for KC; #3 Top City Overall


  • #1 Christmas Lights
  • #1 Flea Markets
  • #3 Free Attractions
  • #4 Art Scene
  • #4 Antique Stores
  • #4 Home Décor/Design Stores
  • #5 Galleries
  • #5 Boutiques

Quality of Life

  • #1 Affordability
  • #1 Good Drivers
  • #2 Peace and Quiet
  • #3 Cleanliness

  • #2 Passionate Sports Fans
  • #4 Friendly
  • #5 Geeky

Nightlife, Food & Drink

  • #1 Barbecue
  • #2 Craft Beer
  • #4 Dive Bars
  • #5 Notable Restaurants

Type of Trip

  • #3 G

Huffington Post ranks KC as its #1 Cool City

Too cool. That is (in essence) what The Huffington Post thinks about Kansas City.

“Whether it’s a revamped corner of New York or an up-and-coming Midwest town, it seems like there’s always a new “hip” neighborhood or “it” city to visit,” according to a recent report by Carly Ledbetter of The Huffington Post. “Which had us thinking about the coolest cities to visit right now.”

And, that brainstorm led The Huffington Post to select Kansas City as its top pick for the coolest city in America.

Ledbetter wrote:

“Get to the Green Lady Lounge (1809 Grand) for some jazz, eat awesome BBQ at Q39 (Westport), and don’t forget to check out the historic City Market.

“The food is amazing, nearly everything is affordable, and the people are nice.”

KC was followed by Richmond, VA., Charlotte, San Diego and Minneapolis.

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