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A Take on Why It's Time for Startup Africa

Kauffman Foundation Senior Fellow and Policy Dialogue blogger Jonathan Ortmans shares his insight into why Africa's emerging startup scene is living up to the hype.

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Thom Ruhe
on April 11, 2013
Just a Cup of Joe?

Some of my entrepreneurially-interested coworkers at the Kauffman Foundation have an interesting article on Huffington Post right now. It dissects the organic growth of 1 Million Cups (1MC) in support of a new finding: that word of mouth networking helps build early-stage startup communities better than social media.

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Thom Ruhe
on April 2, 2013
Entrepreneurship Heats up in Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil was the host city to the 2013 Global Entrepreneurship Congress. Over 1,000 people from 144 countries shared a hot and humid week fueled by the overwhelming passion to promote entrepreneurship globally.

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Thom Ruhe
on March 26, 2013
Workforce Development Redefined

When I say the phrase “workforce development” chances are a certain image is conjured in your mind. Maybe you think of tradesmen positions, like carpenters, electricians, plumbers and masons. Maybe you think vocational training programs offered by community colleges. Regardless of what your mind has been trained to conclude based on that phrase, workforce development has never been more important than it is today. But it’s not enough—on its own or simply as it is.

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Thom Ruhe
on March 18, 2013
The Intoxicating Smell of Entrepreneurship

I recently got to delve into a very appetizing trend emerging in the entrepreneurial space: shared kitchens. While the concept of shared resources isn’t new, taking it into the kitchen for the sake of supporting startups in the food industry is—but the idea is taking off.

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Thom Ruhe
on March 5, 2013
The F-Word in Entrepreneurship

I recently sat down with Diana Kander, a successful entrepreneur and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Kauffman Foundation. Diana has founded and sold multiple enterprises, raising a lot of angel investment in the meantime. But we weren’t getting together to talk about her successes. Instead, we dove into a taboo topic … failure.

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Thom Ruhe
on February 27, 2013
Aiming High

In the entrepreneurship and economic development realms, the word “high-growth” is tossed about loosely, often used to define that rare, illusive, overnight success of a startup. But a recent study by Kauffman has proved that high-growth firms aren’t as hard-pressed to find as we thought … so long as you’re looking in the right places.

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Thom Ruhe
on February 18, 2013
Border Wars

The first Top of Mind issue for 2013 has gone online and in it, I talk about three topics with the potential to impact (or continue to impact) entrepreneurship in a big way. I want to elaborate on one that has struck a chord with me. It’s an unproductive method of economic development called “border wars.”

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Thom Ruhe
on January 16, 2013
Investing In College—Is It Worth It/$50K A Year?

The once easy choice for many of going from high school to some form of accredited higher education is becoming less of a forgone conclusion simply because of the economics and by the entrance of for-profit schools of varying types; including alternative options to college altogether like the UnCollege movement and the Thiel Fellowship program. The entrance of these new players (entrepreneurs) will impact some traditional sources of higher education and certainly challenge our obedient consumer consensus that a ‘traditional’ education will best serve my progeny.

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Thom Ruhe
on November 28, 2012
Over the Top

My airplane insomnia meant I was awake for a breathtaking view of the North Pole while on a return trip from Dubai. I had attended the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Fostering Entrepreneurship, which hosts working groups as they that postulate and catalyze priorities for the annual Davos Conference in January.

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Thom Ruhe
on November 26, 2012

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