Mike Farmer

Entrepreneur and Founder

Throughout his entrepreneurial career, Mike has co-founded four new ventures, raised over seven million dollars of early-stage capital, authored or co-authored 10 patents and strategically led in the development of a 10 year $600 million dollar technology-based economic development initiative. This act created visionary initiatives including the Kansas Bioscience Authority (KBA) and the Kansas Angel Investor Tax credit.

Mike has worked with new technology ventures at the senior manager level for CAP CO2, LLC (Wichita, KS), kozoru, inc. (Kansas City, MO), Aristotle International (San Francisco, CA), Etak-TeleAtlas (Menlo Park, CA), and Rand McNally Corporation (San Francisco, CA). Mike has an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Lally School of Technology and Management, achieving the W. Franklin Spafford Award of Highest Distinction for Academic Achievement, and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business from Kansas State University.

He currently serves as an Entrepreneur in Residence for Techstars, as well as an innovation and entrepreneurship instructor at Blue Valley Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS). 

What makes Kansas City a great place for creativity and innovation?
High Signal-to-Noise ratio. With velocity of technological change occurring so rapidly, there is a real value proposition to being away from all the “buzz.” KC provides you space to think about highly relevant problems/opportunities, while not getting too caught up in the latest trends.

When and where are you happiest? 
During the ideation phase of creativity. For me this quite often takes place in the middle of the night. Regardless, there’s always an element of euphoria that come with each new idea.

What is your favorite place in Kansas City?
Loose Park. Also, Crossroads on First Friday is also a great place to be.

Where's your favorite place outside of Kansas City?
San Francisco. We lived in the bay area for 5 years and the incredible diversity of things you can do and experience within 30 min is staggering.

What's your most treasured personal possession?
iPhone 4S.

Who's your favorite fictional hero?
UnderDog. Growing up I loved UnderDog.

Who do you most admire in real-life?
Steve Jobs.




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