KC-based prediction startup Knoda secures seed round from local investor

NOVEMBER 6, 2013 by FRED BAUTERS

Kyle Rogers knew in 1999 that his Kansas Jayhawks would win the national basketball championship in 2003 behind the likes of future first-round picks Kirk Hinrich and Nick Collison. In passing, told his mom. Four years later, KU lost by three points in that game. He came close, and though he missed, he remembered telling his mom of his prediction years before.

"Of course, she didn't remember a one-liner from me four years ago," Rogers told Silicon Prairie News. "But that stuck with me."

The seed for his current Kansas City-based prediction startup, Knoda, was planted. It would take him eight years to get to a point where he could execute on the idea—coming in second at a Startup Weekendin 2011, then formally exploring the company with co-founder James Flexman about a year later.

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