Fast growing fintech will hire 150 for new Lenexa office

San Fransisco-based TrueAccord, a fintech company focused on transforming the debt recovery industry, will spend $1.34 million setting up an office in Lenexa that eventually will employ 150 people.

TrueAccord was founded in 2013 by Silicon Valley tech veterans and is led by CEO Ohad Samet. Instead of pestering debtors by calling them five times a day, TrueAccord contacts debtors through emails, texts and other digital channels to first learn how they like to interact. Then it applies machine learning…

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Ex-Star columnist defends his reputation; Denning reveals more correspondence with Rose

Former Kansas City Star guest columnist Steve Rose is speaking out against a defamation lawsuit filed by Kansas Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning, R-Overland Park, KCUR reports.

In a statement, Rose defended his Jan. 26 column, which outlined a “long list of excuses” Denning made for not expanding Medicaid in Kansas. Denning filed a suit against the Star and Rose, alleging that Rose falsely attributed the comments to him and that the two hadn’t talked since 2016.

Rose, however, said that they…

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Make Your Workplace More Appealing with These Office Furniture Ideas

Let’s face it: Some weeks it feels like more time is spent at work than anywhere else. Whether you’re working from a dedicated office space in your home or running a small business, the style and feel of the office can have a big impact on mood and even on productivity! Maybe the selection is not as expansive as what is available in home decor, but office furniture types have really changed over the years to reflect a range of styles. If it’s time to set up a new office or change-up an existing one, look for something that’s not just comfortable and efficient but that also offers more style than the average cubicle. Take a look at these furniture ideas for the office:

Adjustable desks allow for sitting or standing.
Adjustable desks allow for sitting or standing.

As office workers try to combat the negative effects of sitting for long periods, standing desks have become increasingly popular. This modern white desk can accommodate both standing and sitting with its adjustable telescoping legs. In addition, the chair goes up high enough to sit at the taller desk as well. Having pieces that adjust mean that its easy to switch from standing to sitting and that a separate unit for standing up is not required.

Cubicle-style workstations don't have to be fully enclosed.
Cubicle-style workstations don’t have to be fully enclosed.

A more cubicle-like setting doesn’t have to be generic and boring. Creating a space that offers some privacy but is not entirely cubed in offers more opportunities to add stylish elements. Here, an office space combines a number of great office furniture ideas. The sleek desk has a modern style and is open underneath, while the low barrier offers some privacy without feeling confined. To the side, the space is bounded by stylish low wooden shelving, which adds to the more open feeling. A tall chair with a more comfortable design also elevates the look.

Multiple finishes make basic furniture more stylish.
Multiple finishes make basic furniture more stylish.

If the space requires a more traditional office layout, opt for a coordinated set that offers mixed materials. Having different finishes helps the office seem a little less cookie-cutter or like it came out of a box from the office supply store. Moreover, a desk that has an extension offers more space to spread out papers and the matching credenza area on the back adds even more staging space for projects when needed.

Well-styled shelving makes a very big difference.
Well-styled shelving makes a very big difference.

Unique wall shelving units can add a completely different vibe to an office space. Artfully arranged with books, storage containers and some plants, the shelving makes the room feel more relaxed and upscale than a row of filing cabinets or a blank wall would. In this type of setting, visitors will feel more at ease and the person working there can be more focused and productive

A glass desk is a chic office furniture idea.
A glass desk is a chic office furniture idea.

If it fits with your work style, there’s nothing chicer than a glass desk. The glass opens up the area and makes it seem larger, allowing light to filter through the whole room. It also helps put the focus on the base of the desk, which here is a modern, slightly industrial configuration. Theoretically, a glass desk tends to help the user keep it tidy in order to maintain the appearance. In the end, a glass desk also conveys more than just an effortless sense of style: They channel a vibe of confidence and self-assurance and that’s a good thing in any setting!

Industrial style is fitting for a high-tech environment.
Industrial style is fitting for a high-tech environment.

Industrial style is another great option for distinctive office furniture ideas. A rugged looking set that includes a desk, shelving and a portable cart is ideal for an office that has a technical focus.  The metal pieces with large, decorative perforations are a solid base for decorating the room to be more high tech.  The modern, shiny stool is a good example of how including an artful seat or chair can elevate the basic design of the other furniture.

Subtle visual dividers are ideal for open plan workspaces.
Subtle visual dividers are ideal for open plan workspaces.

If the office has an open floor plan without strictly defined workspaces, there’s still plenty of room for stylish furnishings.  A large conference-sized table can accommodate multiple workstations with the computer monitors installed back-to-back. This arrangement leaves plenty of workspace in front of the monitor and is ideal for a largely digital workplace. Unobtrusive but still effective, slatted wooden dividers between the two sides of the table offer a visual and emotional screen, but still allow for communication when necessary.

Seating space is necessary for employees as well as visitors.
Seating space is necessary for employees as well as visitors.

Whether it’s in an individual office or an open space, a workplace needs a seating area for visitors and employees to sit for meetings or discussions. Whenever possible, a sofa is a great choice because it forms a connection and helps engage the people who sit there more than two chairs would do. A coffee table is helpful for serving beverages or setting out materials. A fabulous mid-century style is professional yet comfortable and versatile.

Open meeting areas should be welcoming.
Open meeting areas should be welcoming.

Where there’s a large waiting room or super spacious meeting area an arrangement that incorporates both chairs and a massive sectional creates a very cohesive space for a meeting. Even if there are just a few people involved in the session, the setting is very welcoming and comfortable — not to mention very attractive. Mixing the colors of upholstery adds more flair than if the pieces were all covered in a typical “office neutral” textile.

A flexible workstation can also serve as a small conference table.
A flexible workstation can also serve as a small conference table.

If a conference table is more your style but space is tight, a desk that is open on two sides and can seat four people is a good alternative. The style is modern and clean, but most importantly, it can also serve as a regular desk as well as a meeting spot. While this is a workable option for smaller spaces, it also fits well into any office that needs flexible workspaces.

A wide variety of conference table styles is available.
A wide variety of conference table styles is available.

For those workplaces that have the space for a separate meeting space, conference tables now come in a full range of styles, not just the standard office options. This table is a bit narrower and features super modern legs underneath that angle out from the center, making it more user-friendly by eliminating the dreaded table leg that gets in the way of a seat. Speaking of the seats, these are all stylish and high-backed, which is far more comfortable than many other styles. And, don’t overlook the lighting above the conference table. While the standard fluorescents provide adequate light, incorporating stylish fixtures that emit a warmer or more directed light will make a big difference in the mood of the room.

Fitting out a new office or just getting some new furnishings for an existing space — even if it’s a dedicated home office — is the ideal time to amp up the style factor. Don’t settle for big-box-store boring pieces. Choose something a little different that makes the office more comfortable and welcoming. Employees and customers will really appreciate the great environment.


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AT&T will move faster than hoped on Sprint 5G 'deception' case

AT&T will have to accelerate its proposed timeline by months for the case that accuses the Dallas-based company of being deceptive with 5G tech. However, the court date still is not coming as fast as Sprint Corp. wanted.

U.S. District Judge Vernon Broderick said the court has set an April 22 hearing date for Sprint’s motion for a preliminary injunction, according to a recent filing.

The decision follows a suit filed less than two weeks ago in which the Overland Park-based wireless provider blasted…

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Why A Normal Market is Just What We Need

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Why A Normal Market is Just What We Need | Simplifying The Market

The housing market has been hot for a while now. Homes have been flying off the shelves as fast as they have been listed. Buyers have been competing in bidding wars just to find a home to buy, let alone find their dream home.

This ‘seller’s market’ has driven home prices to new heights. Home price appreciation averaged over 6% across the country.

However, home price growth has recently started to cool down. The latest report from CoreLogic shows that home prices have only risen by 4.7% over the last 12 months.

Many buyers and sellers planning to enter the housing market this year have started to wonder if we are headed towards another housing crash. Ralph McLaughlin, Deputy Chief Economist at CoreLogic, recently stated in an interview,

“There’s no reason to panic right now, even if we may be headed for a recession. We’re seeing a cooling of the housing market, but nothing that indicates a crash.

The real elephant in the room here is housing supply.”

The simple answer is we are returning to a ‘normal’ market. The inventory of homes for sale more closely matches the demand in the market. The added supply means fewer buyers are outbidding each other. Therefore, prices are experiencing less upward pressure. McLaughlin went on to explain,

“If there are a lot of homes on the market and suddenly no one wants to buy them, you’ll get into a downward spiral of price competition. Right now, however, we’re in the opposite situation, there isn’t an over-abundance of homes on the market.”

As more renters looking for their piece of the American Dream enter the housing market, demand for housing will continue to grow. The Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University estimates over 30 million new households will enter the market from now through 2040.

“There’s the natural life cycle of young people getting older and starting to do adult life things which include … buying a house and that’s a lot of potential inertia that could last indefinitely.”

Bottom Line

Home prices will start to appreciate by historical norms as we continue to head towards a more ‘normal’ market, rather than the over 6% seen over the course of the last couple of years. This is great news! Homeowners looking to sell their home will have buyers, as more buyers will be able to afford them!

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At Work and At Home

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An interactive look at segregation in the US (featuring KC in the main infographic):

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/2/18/18217346/work-home-segregation-map

The article concludes segregation is further increasing, which seems surprising to me given the increasing globalization of our world and all the corporate focus on diversity initiatives. Or maybe I’m just hopelessly optimistic and out of touch.

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