From The Editor: Inside The August Issue

By Jennifer Dulin Wiley
In Culture

LizzyCaplanCoverAugust14It’s no secret that the St. Louis startup scene is booming. The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fortune and Business Week have all recognized St. Louis as an emerging player in the startup game, thanks to the strong network of people and organizations (from innovators and mentors to accelerators and funders) that make up our growing startup community. Take Arch Grants, whose startup business competition has attracted many burgeoning companies to the city while simultaneously supporting homegrown talent, or T-REX, which has been called the fastest growing tech incubator in the country. And let’s not forget the startups themselves—from the explosive sports headphone maker Yurbuds, which sold to Harman International Industries for an undisclosed amount earlier this summer, to Lockerdome, a social networking platform that just surpassed 40 million unique monthly visitors and has been pegged one of the most promising startups in St. Louis. All are putting our city on the map as the place innovators go to succeed, further establishing St. Louis as a great place to live and work.

Digging into the who, what and why behind the boom is writer Christopher Reilly, whose in-depth look at the St. Louis startup landscape and its cast of power players tells the story of the movement like never before. The detailed infographics of illustrator Adam Bertels further round out the piece, guiding you through the complex startup ecosystem and the paths of some of St. Louis’ biggest startup successes. But the coverage doesn’t stop there. Check out our blogs for bonus content from some of our key sources, including Jim McKelvey of Square and the brains behind Cortex, the 200-acre innovation hub in the CWE that promises to be a global epicenter of bio-tech and other emerging technologies.

Our first-rate universities already serve as the breeding ground fueling the future of St. Louis startup success, but the leaders of some of the city’s most innovative primary and secondary schools are proving that it’s never too early to start encouraging innovation. Turn to “Bright Ideas” for a look at 10 city schools that are expanding our thinking with their unique approaches to education. From the expansion of St. Louis Language Immersion Schools into the middle grades with its International School to Gateway STEM High School’s progressive EMT, computer sciences and business entrepreneurship programs, there’s no shortage of city educators pushing the boundaries of what it means to prepare students for success.

There’s no doubt our cover girl Lizzy Caplan has also been hitting the books as she enters into her second season of the hit Showtime series, “Masters of Sex,” the true tale of sex researchers Dr. Bill Masters and Virginia Johnson set in the late 1950s at St. Louis’ Washington University. The red hot celeb’s titillating portrayal of the outspoken feminist Virginia has garnered some serious Emmy buzz alongside co-star Michael Sheen—and it turns out, Lizzy is not so unlike the character she was born to play. The self-proclaimed feminist didn’t shy away from topics like sexism or gender roles in her tell-all interview. But she also revealed her comedic side when talking about everything from her obsession with “The Real Housewives” to the reason she’ll never be on Twitter and the person she would choose to play “Lizzy” in a TV show of her life. Let’s just say, her choice actress is spot on.

 

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