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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 >
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Stretch, Little Rock, Stretch (Natalie Ghidotti Commentary)

I’m not so bold as to believe that Little Rock will be a top contender for Amazon, even though we are certainly worthy of consideration. It’s only because Amazon was very specific about the needs for its next location — things we don’t have right now. But I get Mayor Mark Stodola’s reasoning. Dreaming big is important. 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 >
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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 >
Entergy Arkansas and its partner, NextEra Energy Resources of Juno Beach, Florida, officially break ground on Arkansas' largest solar power plant about seven miles southeast of Stuttgart, near Almyra.
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Big and Small Solar Projects in Arkansas Follow the SunLock Icon

These are promising times for solar projects big and small, industry leaders say, even as the new administration in Washington focuses on reviving fossil fuels. 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 >
The Old Post Office on the Fayetteville Square will be the first brick-and-mortar location for Acumen Brands stores.
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Fayetteville’s Old Post Office On the Market

The Old Post Office building in the Fayetteville downtown square is for sale, and its star tenant is soon to be on the move. read more >
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Experts Predict Breakout Companies in Arkansas Will Be Digital

Ask experts around the state to name the next Arkansas company to break out financially, and you’re liable to get a nonanswer, but the experts do predict one thing: The next Big Thing in Arkansas will come in the digital field. read more >
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Investments / Retail

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 >
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John James Reacquires Scrub Shopper

John James, founder of Hayseed Ventures, bought one of his original business creations Scrub Shopper for "a seven-figure amount." read more >
Dave Fredrick stands outside the Tesseract Center on the University of Arkansas campus.  “This is going to be ubiquitous,” he says of game design.
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Tesseract Center, Arkansas Universities Embrace Game Design

Arkansas universities are embracing the curriculum of digital game design, an industry that pays its software developers a median income of more than $90,000. read more >
Casey Kinsey and the new digs for his startup, Lofty Labs, at 1 E. Center St. in Fayetteville.
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Lofty Labs Gains Height in Fayetteville Square

Lofty Labs, a Web development consultancy, moved in late October to a third-floor space at 1 E. Center Street on the downtown Fayetteville Square. read more >
John James hopes to score points with QuBowl.
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QuBowl Awaits Quiz Results

QuBowl is an online training program that helps students from grade school to high school prepare for Quiz Bowl competitions. QuBowl’s program allows students the flexibility to train in weak areas while allowing coaches to track the work habits and progress of their students. 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 Old Post Office on the Fayetteville Square will be the first brick-and-mortar location for Acumen Brands stores.
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John James Wants to Turn Old Post Office into Startup Hub

John James, the Acumen Brands founder who now focuses most of his time on launching Hayseed Ventures in Fayetteville, has a vision for the historic Old Post Office building that anchors the Fayetteville downtown square. 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 >