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John James’ software at Engine handles everything from content management to processing e-commerce orders and payments.
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John James Starts Engine, Raises $4M for E-Commerce Software FirmLock Icon

Fayetteville entrepreneur John James has raised nearly $4 million for his latest startup, Engine, which sells business management software to e-commerce retailers. read more >
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Claiborne Deming Among Investors in John James Startup

Founded by John James and Jim Kane, Fayetteville startup Engine says it has raised $1 million in venture capital to fund a cloud-based e-commerce software platform. read more >
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Bad News for Acumen BrandsLock Icon

Stockholders in Acumen Brands Inc., the one-time Fayetteville startup phenomenon, received bad, but probably not unexpected, news in the mail. read more >
John James in Fayetteville’s Old Post Office: “We turn startups into businesses.”
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Funding Fuels John James to Run Engine VentureLock Icon

Fayetteville entrepreneur John James is raising $2 million for his e-commerce company, Engine. read more >
Mitchell Massey looks over plans for a condo in the Legacy Building in Fayetteville.
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Condo Inventory Dwindles at 7-Story Legacy BuildingLock Icon

After crashing on takeoff, Fayetteville's Legacy Building is finally approaching full developmental realization under its fourth ownership group. read more >
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Boot Barn Buys Country Outfitter For $1.8 Million

A subsidiary of western wear company Boot Barn Holdings Inc. of Irvine, California, bought Country Outfitter, the one-time online sensation from Fayetteville's Acumen Brands. read more >
Kimbel Mechanical's new location at 1936 N. Shiloh Dr. in Fayetteville.
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Kimbel Mechanical Moves Into Former Acumen Brands SpaceLock Icon

Kimbel Mechanical is moving into a spacious 76,000-SF building at 1936 N. Shiloh Drive in Fayetteville, a building formerly occupied by one-time e-commerce sensation Acumen Brands. read more >
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Acumen Brands For Sale, and John James is Negotiating

Fayetteville online retail sensation One Country, formerly known as Acumen Brands, is up for sale, and co-founder John James says he's negotiating with the firm's owner. read more >
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Tux Dollars at Work as Menguin Raises Nearly $1M from Investors

Menguin Inc., an online tuxedo rental company in Fayetteville, raised nearly $1 million in a recent offering, according to a document on file with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission. read more >
John James in Fayetteville’s Old Post Office: “We turn startups into businesses.”
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John James Looks to Make New Mark With Hayseed

Hayseed, which moved into the Old Post Office building on the downtown Fayetteville square, hopes to raise $6 million to help the next generation of Acumens. James said Hayseed has already partnered with four startups and is consulting a fifth. read more >
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Hayseed Ventures Aiming for $6 Million Investment

John James, the Acumen Brands founder, is in the process of raising $6 million for his new company, Hayseed Ventures LLC in Fayetteville. read more >
The DataRank team, up to 15 full-time employees, grew its customer base by 240 percent in 2014.  
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Innovate Arkansas Firms Experiencing Success

Since its inception in 2007, Innovate Arkansas has counseled and mentored hundreds of Arkansas tech startups, placing them in position to succeed and create high-paying jobs. With about 85 currently active client companies, IA continues to nurture tech entrepreneurs and help grow the state's budding tech startup ecosystem. read more >
The Old Post Office on the Fayetteville Square will be the first brick-and-mortar location for Acumen Brands stores.
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Hayseed Ventures to Take Over Old Post Office Building in Fayetteville Square

Acumen Brands of Fayetteville will move its Country Outfitter flagship store out of the Old Post Office Building in the downtown Fayetteville square. read more >
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Kathy Deck: 2015 To Be A Transformative Year for Arkansas Economy

Arkansas’ economy is clawing back to its pre-recession level, and Kathy Deck believes 2015 will be a year of transition. read more >
Rod Ford, CEO of nGage Labs of Scottsdale, Ariz.
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Rod Ford’s XCelerate Capital Launches Seed-Stage Venture Fund for Tech Startups

Rod Ford's XCelerate Capital of Little Rock announces the creation of a private, seed-stage venture fund focused on early-stage tech startups across the region. read more >
Lela Davidson (top), director of content for Acumen Brands and John Elliott (below), director of partnership marketing. Kiva Systems robots (right) bring merchandise for stocking at the Acumen Brands warehouse across from the company’s 200,000-SF headquarters.  (Photos by Beth Hall)
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Acumen’s Goal: To Own the Southern Lifestyle Marketplace

In December, Acumen Brands of Fayetteville announced objectives for 2014 that one company executive called “insane.” The leadership wanted five new programs to keep the company vibrant and growing, among those programs “flash sales” and “Marketplace.” read more >
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Acumen Brands, Dillard’s Friendly After $15.7M Buyout

No longer part of the same company, Acumen Brands CEO John James said last week that he still considers the folks at Dillard’s Inc. friends and mentors. read more >
The Old Post Office on the Fayetteville Square will be the first brick-and-mortar location for Acumen Brands stores.
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Acumen Brands Delivering New Life To Fayetteville’s Old Post Office

After a $1.5 million deal, Innovate Arkansas firm Acumen Brands of Fayetteville will use the 13,000-SF 102-year-old building as a brick and mortar location for online apparel store Country Outfitter and also offer handbags from Maple & West, which previously existed only as online businesses. Aug. 30 is scheduled as the grand opening. read more >
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Acumen Brands of Fayetteville Gets $83M Investment

Acumen Brands of Fayetteville receives an $83 million investment from New York firm General Atlantic, according to documents filed Thursday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. read more >