Checking Out Flume Smart Water Monitors
Atlanta Startup Sees Single-Room Rentals as Future of Low-Cost Housing
The folks at Flume sent me one of their smart water monitors to test out. Unlike most of its competitors, Flume installs by strapping onto the water meter versus cutting pipes. Needless to say…Read full article
Tech Start-Ups Look to Disrupt the Affordable Housing Industry
Rentals with single-room occupancies, once a staple of urban housing, were largely zoned out of U.S. cities decades ago. An Atlanta startup called PadSplit thinks they’re ready for a comeback…Read full article
A Device Called Flume Takes the Mystery Out of Water Usage
The United States is in the grips of an affordable housing crisis with many people of low and moderate incomes struggling to find inexpensive places to live. Until recently, technology companies ignored the housing market…Read full article
Cal Poly Student Project Turns into Business Helping Parkinson's Patients
How much water do you use? Do you find out when your bill comes? Even then, do you know how many gallons are in 100 cubic feet of water? Read full article
Can a modern-day rooming house solve the affordable housing crisis?
A student project to help a local military veteran has become a business designed to help patients with Parkinson’s disease overcome a debilitating and dangerous symptom known as “freezing of gait.”
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PadSplit converts homes into multiple single-room units
Call it boarding house 2.0. Startup PadSplit, based in Atlanta, has a novel approach to solving the affordable housing crisis—shared homes, with private bedrooms for residents (or members, as they’re called), fixed utility costs and a business model that makes it all profitable for property owners…Read full article
Two companies proceed to next phase after prevailing in local fund's 'Shark Tank'-like competition
Affordable housing is expensive to build–and that means construction is happening far too slowly to meet demand. In Atlanta, a startup called PadSplit is adding new affordable units more quickly by reusing rooms in single-family homes instead…Read full article
Venture-capital group looks to aid more Kern County startups
As happens in the television show "Shark Tank," one of the three companies making an investment pitch that night was eliminated from further consideration. Two others were selected through a series of votes to move on to face greater scrutiny by KVG's two managing partners — and, possibly, negotiations that could result in an investment…Read full article →
Watch these people make their marks in 2019
Kern Venture is the first angel-investment fund in Kern County.
Arleana Waller knows the challenges of building a business from the ground up. Waller, who founded ShePOWER, a girls' leadership academy, went looking for investors, but found options in Kern County were limited.…read full article and watch video.
How Kern Venture Group wants to raise up Bakersfield's startup community
Bakersfield Californian — Every year at this time The Californian looks back on the year just completed and the local events that shaped our present. It's logical, though, that we also look ahead at the local people poised to make a difference in the 12 months that lie ahead. Today, The Californian introduces — or, in some cases, reintroduces — a handful of individuals who have the energy, opportunity or platform to make meaningful noise in coming year. Herewith, we give you our list of People to Watch in 2019…Read full article
Local fund seeks financial partners as it gears up for first round of business investments
Funding individual startups isn't enough for the county's first angel investor group. It's looking to shepherd an entire generation of Kern's most promising young entrepreneurs…read full article.
Kern Venture Group brings angel investing to Kern County
A local investment fund has received eight business proposals from early-stage companies based in Kern, plus another five from California businesses outside the county, as it works to put together an initial pool of capital to begin doling out startup capital…read full article.
The Bakersfield Californian reports on Kern Venture Group bringing angel investing to our region. Click here to read the full article!