Small Businesses Rate Idaho and Texas Friendliest States, California and New York Among Least Friendly, According to Thumbtack.com Survey
5/8/2012
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Today Thumbtack.com, in partnership with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, released new data showing that Idaho, Texas, Oklahoma and Utah all earned A+'s for their friendliness towards small businesses.  In contrast, small business owners gave California, Hawaii, Vermont, and Rhode Island an F, while New York narrowly avoided this lowest category with a D grade.  Top performing cities included Oklahoma City, Dallas-Ft. Worth and San Antonio.

Institutional Limited Partners Must Accept Blame for Poor Long-Term Returns from Venture Capital, Says New Kauffman Report
5/7/2012
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A compelling new report out today from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation describes how most institutional investors, including larger state pension funds, endowments and foundations, may be shortchanged by their investments in venture capital funds.

Number of New Firms Continues to Slide, According to New Census Bureau Data
5/2/2012
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Building on a long-term trend, the nation's business startup rate fell below 8 percent for the first time in 2010, marking the lowest point on record for new firm births. New firms as a percentage of all firms continued a steady downward trend in 2010 – going from a high of 13 percent (as a percentage of all firms) in the 1980s to just under 11 percent in 2006 before making a steep decline to the 8 percent in 2010 – the most current year of data available.

Opening Up Big Data is the Big Solution to Curing Health Care Ills, according to Kauffman Report
4/18/2012
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Cost trends in U.S. health care consistently increase at about 2.5 percentage points faster than the general rate of inflation – clearly an unsustainable rate. To address what it called "America’s most urgent public policy problem," the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation released a report at The Atlantic’s fourth annual Health Care Forum in Washington today that focuses on improving the cost-benefit balance in American health care through open access to medical data.

Entrepreneurs Hold Mixed Views about the Economic Path Forward, Kauffman/LegalZoom 2Q Startup Confidence Index Reveals
4/4/2012
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Despite remaining generally confident about the prognosis for their own businesses, startup company owners sent mixed signals about their overall economic outlook for the next 12 months, according to the 2012 second quarter Kauffman/LegalZoom Startup Confidence Index released today by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and LegalZoom.

Startup Weekend Teams Up with the .CO Domain to Offer Short, Memorable .CO Web Addresses to Startups Worldwide
4/4/2012
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Startup Weekend™ today announced a one-year Global Partnership with .CO Internet, the company behind the fast-growing .CO domain extension.  Through the partnership, .CO domain name scholarships will be granted to all Startup Weekend participants, reaching more than 25,000 entrepreneurs in over 67 countries across the globe. The domain name scholarships will help these entrepreneurs kickstart their businesses with a 12-month .CO domain registration at no cost to them for the first year.

Noam Wasserman's THE FOUNDER'S DILEMMAS Presents Essential Lessons for First-Time Founders
4/4/2012
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Often downplayed in the excitement of starting a new business venture are some of the most important decisions entrepreneurs will face: Should they go it alone, or bring in cofounders, hires and investors to help build the business?

Kauffman Unveils Enhanced Growthology Blog with Sketchbook Video Featuring Renowned Blogger Tyler Cowen
3/30/2012
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The Kauffman Foundation revealed enhancements to its blog, Growthology.org, to a room full of the nation’s top economics bloggers today at the Foundation’s fourth annual Economics Bloggers Forum in Kansas City, Mo., with the presentation of its latest "Sketchbook" video featuring renowned MarginalRevolution.com blogger, Tyler Cowen.

New Business Startups Declined in 2011, Annual Kauffman Study Shows
3/19/2012
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Entrepreneurship is alive and well in the wake of the Great Recession, although the rate of new business creation dipped during 2011 and startup founders remained more likely to fly solo than employ others. That’s the big take away from the "Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity," a leading indicator of new business creation in the United States published annually and released today by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

2012 Kauffman Foundation Postdoctoral Entrepreneur Awards Recognize Entrepreneurship Excellence in Researchers
3/14/2012
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The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation will recognize two entrepreneurs on Friday, March 16, 2012, at the NPA's 10th Annual Meeting at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel, 450 Powell Street, San Francisco, Calif. Crystal Icenhour, Ph.D., president and chief science officer for Phthisis Diagnostics, Charlottesville, Va., is the 2012 Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Outstanding Postdoctoral Entrepreneur, and Elizabeth Iorns, Ph.D., co-founder and chief executive officer of Science Exchange, is the 2012 Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Emerging Postdoctoral Entrepreneur.

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