Bobby Burch, 28

“Curiosity makes life an adventure of discovery and it compounds as you grow older.”

In their own words

As editor of Startland News, I lead a digital news team that reports on entrepreneurs, innovative ideas and progressive action in the Kansas City area.

I’ve been fortunate to work with many talented teams, which has helped to expand my creative skills, accelerate my career and gain recognition in the process, including many first-prize Kansas Press Association awards for stories, photos and videos. In 2013, I was awarded the Burton W. Marvin Kansas News Enterprise Award for a six-week series of stories that exposed a popular sheriff’s arrest amid a secret affair and usurping of public trust.

I’ve also co-founded a news organization, Startland News, that’s gained thousands of regular readers from around the Midwest. I’m proud to be part of a team that’s sharing how the power of entrepreneurial thinking — among educators, government officials, citizens and businesspeople — can better the world. Through Startland’s success, I’ve been featured in various Kansas City media outlets as an expert on the local entrepreneurial community.

I’m also a published portrait and wildlife photographer, and have started a small business from that passion.

KC Story

I’ve lived in Kansas City for three years. I moved here thanks to a reporting opportunity with the Kansas City Business Journal, but I’ve stuck around thanks to a vibrant community that values creativity and collaboration.

The area entrepreneurial community is one with which I share values — ambition, creativity and determination — and through which I’ve learned so much. I’m thankful to be a part of it, to learn from local innovators and to share their stories.

A day in the life

I wake up, chug a pint of water, glance at a few news sites and listen to NPR on my drive to work. From there, I tweak a news budget and evaluate an array of pitches on new ventures, novel educational approaches or innovation in corporations. Then, I write and edit until volleyball or kickball.


A creative storyteller that cares deeply about his community and spurs civic engagement.


I’m the seventh consecutive Robert Burch in my family. My name — Robert Burch — spans three centuries to 1797, back to my great-great-great-great grandfather, Robert Benham Burch. Also, I play guitar and ukulele and write comedy songs often derived from people or objects around me. They’re usually quite weird.


Cultivate your curiosity. The desire to learn and be inquisitive is more than a valuable career trait. Curiosity makes life an adventure of discovery and it compounds as you grow older.

A few ways to cultivate curiosity is reading often and widely. Take on subjects that aren’t your strengths. Science was never a forte, but I recently read a book on neuroscience and I was fascinated to learn of its relevancy in my work and life.

Also, travel whenever you can. New people and cultures expand your worldview, invokes new perspective and fosters empathy.