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The Foundation of Any Startup Community

Founder-turned-venture capitalist Brad Feld has some spot-on ideas about what it takes to build a community rich in startup activity. He outlines those four major characteristics in his new book, Startup Communities; they’re also the subject of a recent Kauffman Foundation animated sketchbook video.

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Thom Ruhe
on October 19, 2012
Startup Jobs Dropping

A recently released briefing paper by the Hudson Institute shows job creation from new firms at an all-time low. “The Collapse of Startups in Job Creation” paints a bleak picture where the number of new firms being created today is even smaller than two years ago when the worst of the recession ended.

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Thom Ruhe
on October 8, 2012
Entrepreneurs: 5 Reasons Why You Should Enter the Startup Open Competition

Startups around the world are vying for a chance to win Global Entrepreneurship Week’s Startup Open Competition. There are only five days left to submit an application and here are my top five reasons—in no particular order—why every entrepreneur who’s eligible should apply.

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Thom Ruhe
on September 10, 2012
For Better or Worse: Advice for the Entrepreneurial Spouse

I recently read an article on Forbes.com about the ups and downs of being an entrepreneur’s spouse or significant other. It brought me back to my own entrepreneurial endeavors and reminded me of a few coping mechanisms my wife of now 23 years and I picked up along the way.

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Thom Ruhe
on August 20, 2012
It's Hip to Upcycle

One of the genuinely rewarding parts of my job is working with entrepreneurs in a variety of industries. Meet Andrew Sell, the founder of a startup that can make an environmental difference while earning a profit.

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Thom Ruhe
on August 9, 2012
eMed Blog: Tips for Entrepreneurs Working with Universities

Like many entrepreneurs, those in the life science space are partnering with universities to bring new products to market. Read some of Dan Emerson's tips for entrepreneurs on working with universities.

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Thom Ruhe
on August 1, 2012
Three Things Google Didn't Address in Their Announcement Last Week

Last week's announcement detailing the rollout of Google's fiber optic network had the feel of a Silicon Valley big-time new product launch. It was definitely a big deal for Kansas City on both sides of the state line. Most importantly, information flowed copiously from Google about the details of their project—a welcome relief from the hitherto tight-lipped tech giant. The Google Fiber announcement lived up to the initial promise to deliver gigabit Internet speeds over a fiber optic network to homes at competitive prices.

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Cameron Cushman
on July 31, 2012
Dispelling the Myth of the Zuckerberg Entrepreneur

When you hear the word entrepreneur, what kind of image does your mind conjure up? If it’s a Mark Zuckerberg look-a-like pouring out HTML code in an Ivy League dorm room, you’re probably not alone. But you’re not exactly picturing the masses.

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Thom Ruhe
on July 12, 2012
How Many Cups to Launch?

When I was a wee lad in the ancient times of the 1970s, I remember an old commercial for Tootsie Roll Tootsie Pops that asked how many licks it takes to get to the center of their delicious lollipops. At the Foundation we are posing a similar question with a modern, caffeinated, twist and applying it to a slightly more constructive purpose.

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Thom Ruhe
on June 27, 2012
Look Who's Supporting Startup Act 2.0

With his ever-watchful eye on the latest policy news affecting entrepreneurship, Mark Marich has rounded up the most recent Startup Act 2.0 endorsements. Among those supporters is tech giant Google.

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Thom Ruhe
on June 26, 2012

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