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This Christmas I got a copy of the biography Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future, a book about the billionaire’s journey from childhood into becoming ‘the world’s most important entrepreneur’. It’s unusually intimate for a book about Elon, who is notorious for refusing interviews. However, he respected the persistence of ...

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What happens when you get 10 ‘idea people’ in a room? Sometimes, not much. But other times, you get great things. Breakout innovation teams are a way for large companies to dedicate a handful of employees and resources to long-term creative thinking, with the hopes of implementing new revenue streams for their company. We see ...

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Enliven Team Enjoys 2017 Strategy Retreat

Rachel Franz

Thursday, December 15, 2016

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Anyone who has been to the Enliven office knows it’s far from the typical setup. With custom murals, work ‘pods’, and tons of foliage, it’s a cool place to come into every morning. Even so, the Enliven team enjoyed a break from the office during our 2017 Strategy Retreat in beautiful Pomona, Illinois. We stayed ...

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2016 AACC Trade Mission to Vietnam Recap

Cuong Dang

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

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Last month I returned from a trade mission to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam on behalf of Enliven and the St. Louis Asian American Chamber of Commerce (AACC). This trip was an exciting opportunity to further economic development and partnership between our two cities. Last year, we did a scouting trip to see if there ...

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Welcome to Global Entrepreneurship Week

Rachel Franz

Monday, November 14, 2016

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  Today marks the beginning of Global Entrepreneurship Week, a time to focus on exploring one’s potential as an innovator and creating dynamic and powerful relationships with the businesses and people around you. This week is celebrated every November across the world, with a formal network of 157 countries. GEW is put together by the ...

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This week, our team launched EdgeTek, a digital platform that provides world class-training and certifications for HVAC contractors. Nortek Global HVAC has long been an industry leader in innovation, product performance and responsive support. “With EdgeTek, we’re taking our commitment to service one step further, truly unlocking the depth and breadth of knowledge housed within our ...

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AACC, led by Enliven CEO, headed to Vietnam

Rachel Franz

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

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  This week our CEO and founder Cuong Dang will lead a group of business professionals on a trip to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. This is Cuong’s second trip to Vietnam through the Asian American Chamber of Commerce (AACC), and his first time going as the organization’s vice president.  The AACC was founded in ...

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Millennials and Marriage

Rachel Franz

Monday, October 31, 2016

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What’s scarier - ghosts, zombies, or your mother asking when you’re going to settle down and get married? The results are in, and Mom is not going to be happy. A study by The Pew Research shows the average age of newlyweds is higher than ever - about 27 years old for women, and 29 ...

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Another Successful Hackathon in the Books

Sarah Searls

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

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The Enliven team had an amazing time at GlobalHack VI! It was a whirlwind of a weekend, and we’re just finally catching up on sleep. This year, the challenge was centered around solving homelessness through technology (and you can read more here). For this event, we created a Homelessness Management Information System (or HMIS) called ...

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Enliven Team Returns to GlobalHack Competition

Rachel Franz

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

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There are a lot of things you can accomplish in 48 hours - run a marathon, paint a house, start a business, and…solve global homelessness? This weekend, the Enliven team will tackle the GlobalHack competition once again, this time addressing homelessness with technology. GlobalHack will celebrate winners with $1 million in prizes - $750,000 for team ...

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Last month, we were pleased to host the St. Louis chapter of the Service Design Network (with the help of our good friend Nathan Lucy) for an evening of networking, drinks, and discussion. Business leaders and service design enthusiasts roamed through a maze of design artifacts, sharing strategies and current projects and challenges. There was ...

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Cuong Dang Speaks at World Trade Center

Rachel Franz

Friday, September 23, 2016

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  Earlier this week Cuong spoke at a breakfast seminar in the World Trade Center in St. Louis. This event was hosted by Asian American Chamber of Commerce (AACC), for whom Cuong serves as a board member. During this presentation, Cuong spoke on the economic landscape of Vietnam and weighed in on which industries are ...

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This month, Cuong Dang was one of 28 new leaders welcomed into the Young Professionals Network Leadership (YPN) 100. The YPN, launched by the St. Louis Regional Business Council (RBC) in 2008, gives members the opportunity to attend social, philanthropic, cultural and professional development events throughout the year. The Regional Business Council focuses on “advocating for ...

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Enliven Launches New AACC Website

Christopher Hilton

Friday, July 15, 2016

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In May, we launched a newly redesigned website for the St. Louis Asian American Chamber of Commerce (AACC) to help them reflect their current objectives and vision of “connecting Asian American businesses and organizations in the St. Louis region as well as positioning this region to be internationally competitive.”   We collaborated with Al Li, ...

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Enliven is excited to be a Sapphire partner to the St. Louis Asian American Chamber of Commerce (AACC). As a Sapphire (and technology) partner, we will help the chamber execute various initiatives from technology to digital and online marketing. These are a joined effort between our team and the AACC President along with the Board of ...

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I met Cuong Dang few months ago at the St. Louis Mosaic Project’s Ambassador meeting. If you are not familiar with the St. Louis Mosaic Project, it is a regional initiative that is professionally managed by St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, World Trade Center St. Louis and is a 22-member committee launched in 2012 in ...

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Enliven Welcomes Khanh Vu

Cuong Dang

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

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While our team has been busy building digital projects and products for clients, we've neglected to share some of the cool things we're doing in the world. Recently, I ran into a young and talented woman, Khanh Vu, who has been passionate about promoting the great work that the folks at St. Louis Mosaic Project ...

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We all know what brainstorming is and most of use might have been apart of it throughout our career. However, the effectiveness of this exercise has been proven to be… well, less effective by many. It might have worked for some people but in our case, it hasn’t. While brainstorming is fun and it brings everyone ...

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Listening is Not Overrated.

Cuong Dang

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

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I recently had an experience working with a company who’s bidding on a project for one of our clients. The project scope is small and well defined. We needed someone to help making it happened quickly. This company is small and looking for opportunities to grow. We wanted to work with them and help them ...

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Our team uses Slack for pretty much everything. Not the least of which is sharing blog posts, articles and videos with each other. The only down-side to sharing so much stuff is that nobody outside our team can see all the fun stuff we find. So, to help remedy that, I picked a selection of ...

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Building Mapstreet

Christopher Hilton

Monday, August 25, 2014

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The Situation A few months ago, I moved down to Nashville from St. Louis and started looking for the perfect place to live. I was open to buying a house, but was mostly looking for an apartment to live in temporarily. I moved in with a buddy from college in a pretty central location, so ...

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The Return of Global Hack

Cuong Dang

Friday, August 22, 2014

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I met with Gabe Lozano, founder and CEO of LockerDome, last weekend for coffee and to connect for the first time. I learned a lot over an hour chatting with him about entrepreneurship and the technology community here in St. Louis. While we enjoyed talking about start-ups and our community, the conversation quickly turned to ...

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Implementing a Perceptron Algorithm

Chris Clark

Thursday, August 21, 2014

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The Enliven team and I had the pleasure of competing in GlobalHack I in early 2014. Overall, it was a fun experience that I’ll remember as my first successful implementation of a perceptron machine learning algorithm. Although the math may seem daunting to the average developer who isn’t used to dealing with things like dot ...

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TeamCity Notifier for Slack on GitHub

Ian Robinson

Thursday, August 14, 2014

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Our team loves Slack. We use it daily for all types of communication. So, it was a natural conclusion that our dev team would end up integrating our TeamCity build server into the mix. While we developed this plugin months ago, we just got around to making it available this week. Check it out: TeamCity-Slack ...

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Enliven Welcomes Victoria Gray

Cuong Dang

Sunday, June 1, 2014

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As our team grows, Enliven welcomes Victoria Gray as our UX research and design intern. We’re excited about adding another team member to help clients and partners focusing more on research-based decision making in our development. Here’s Victoria in her own words: With a varied background in three dimensional design and ten years of professional ...

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Photo credit: Ian Norman I went to an event last Friday at Washington University to listen to a like-minded business acquaintance who spoke about the marriage of technology and user experience in the healthcare space. Little did I know I would be walking into a campus filled with people from all over the world coming ...

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Getting Started With WebSockets

Jesse Dunlap

Monday, May 19, 2014

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As the web application scene grows increasingly more popular, many organizations are finding themselves transitioning from traditional native applications to completely web based software services, or even tailored internal solutions. With this increased utilization of web applications, web technology is evolving faster than ever, and a need for speedy, real-time web applications is emerging. WebSockets ...

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Enliven, the story thus far...

Cuong Dang

Thursday, March 27, 2014

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Ian and I have been working as a team since 2006. Our skills have always been complementary, and together we’ve accomplished a great deal. We both have had entrepreneurial spirits since we were young. However, we know we still have more to learn from those around us. Over the years of working in the technology ...

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Globalhack 2014

Christopher Hilton

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

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This past weekend, most of the Enliven crew got to participate in Globalhack 1 put on by the folks at Lockerdome, Cultivation Capital, TopOpps, and T-Rex here in St. Louis. The goal was simple enough, build a Salesforce based product that enables salespeople and VPs alike to more easily and efficiently forecast and interact with ...

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