Our community is our lifeline, both in the physical and development worlds. Kansas City has become a welcoming landscape to startups. Each time we interact with our community we learn, grow, and become increasingly motivated to make a difference.
As we’ve welcomed summer interns into our team, Mycroft has been around Kansas City, providing demonstrations and showcasing our platform. We set up shop at our 3rd consecutive Maker Faire and were fortunate enough to be a showcase startup in the KC Startup Crawl.
Talking to makers from all across the region, we highlighted our platform and its wide ranging applications. Of course, Mark 1 did a little showing off. Our favorite moment? Telling children how Mycroft can help them with their spelling. All they have to do is say, “Hey Mycroft, how do you spell Cat?” Mark 1 is a tutor with all the correct answers. A win for kids, and a win for parents too.
Wait, what is a Maker Faire? It’s like a science fair, county fair, and tech expo hybrid. Makers of all varieties come to show what they’ve created and detail what they’ve learned along the way. It’s a place to see innovation across the “spectrum of science, engineering, art, performance and craft.” Consequently, we had a lot of user feedback from people outside our usual tech realm, which is always a good thing.
Sponsored by the Kansas City Startup Foundation, Startup Crawl spanned various downtown KC locations, each housing multiple startups. The general public crawled from one location to the next, talking to teams, learning about growing companies, and getting seriously inspired.
Our CTO, Chief of Design, and a few interns ran a table and spoke with passing crowds. Mark 1 was there to answer some basic questions as well.
Finally, after reviewing a stack of resumes, we onboarded 11 interns for the summer. Most are developers, but we have a few designers, and one business analyst. Mycroft interns immediately jumped into our fast-paced business and were instrumental in our push to successfully get 1,000 units shipped to backers. Many thanks to all of our wonderful interns for all of their efforts!
Alyx works as a business analyst for Mycroft, working with data to shape metrics and the broader marketing strategy. She also writes these blog posts.