Blockchain: Arkansas is Leading the Way

By Matthew Waller | Photo by Caleb Talley Blockchain technology has the potential to significantly impact the efficiency and effectiveness of the entire supply chain. And since Arkansas has an unusually high concentration of supply chain and logistics expertise, we should be leading the way when it comes to developing applications of the technology, both…

Arkansas Startups: Startup Junkie

Startup Junkie, a Fayetteville-based company headed by University of Arkansas alumni Jeff Amerine and Haley Allgood, aims to use its unique business model to help other small businesses and boost economic development and quality of life in the greater Northwest Arkansas region. Startup Junkie provides resources for entrepreneurs who need them but don’t always have…

Arkansas Startups: Grainster

Layne Fortenberry pondered an idea for about seven years before he turned it into a startup, Grainster Inc. Grainster, which is expected to launch a beta test in select global markets in about nine months, was recently named the USA Global Winner Best Idea in the Talent Unleashed Awards during a ceremony in Melbourne, Australia.…

Arkansas Startups: Apptegy

Administrators in K-12 education system are using more digital tools than they ever have before. Oftentimes these tools help students do classwork remotely or provide faster access to more information. In 2013, Jeston George saw that districts needed a technical solution for better communication within their schools, as a well as more effective way to…

Arkansas Startups: Metova

Tech firm Metova provides mobile application development, among other services, and has locations in Conway, Cabot and Fayetteville. Andrew Cowart, CTO of Metova, says the agency emphasizes quality — and it shows. “Metova works with companies to build applications and services that improve the way we live, work and play. Our engineers build applications for…

Arkansas Startups: Engine

John James, CEO of Engine, describes his company as “an e-commerce platform for growth-oriented brands who have outgrown other off-the-shelf e-commerce platforms.” James says Engine was founded in 2016, and he started the business with Jim Kane and Blake Puryear. “The three of us worked together at Acumen brands, as well as Hayseed Ventures,” James…