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Handling the Stresses When Two Work, But Only One Earns

When a startup first begins, cash flow is non-existent. And it can often fall on the entrepreneur's spouse to help provide for the family while the startup gets on its feet. This can cause a number of challenges, as you can imagine. Recently, I revisited Meg Cadoux Hirshberg's Founders School series, looking to the module "When the Breadwinner Gets Crusty". Meg is an author featured regularly on Inc.com, whose writing focuses on the trials and tribulations a family encounters when one of the members jumps into founding a business.

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Posted by: Annette Beck
on March 07, 2014
Top of Mind's 5 Must-Read Articles in Entrepreneurship

Having had my home city represent the bottom of its fair share of "Worst" lists (Hey there, Cleveland!), I meet the ever-popular lists and rankings with a healthy dose of skepticism. All certainly are not created equal and all do not have the best of intentions.

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Posted by: Thom Ruhe
on March 05, 2014
Founders School: Surviving the Entrepreneurial Life

When I read Meg Hirshberg's book "For Better or for Work: A Survival Guide for Entrepreneurs and Their Families" I knew instantly that I wanted Meg to join our slate of Founders School experts. The goal of Founders School is to provide entrepreneurs with crucial skills and knowledge, and to do so with an eye to topics that are important but rarely discussed in typical entrepreneurship education programs. The subject of Meg's book is just such a topic. We all know that entrepreneurs have to juggle a variety of considerations when founding a company: team building, assessment of product/market fit, intellectual property, and how to get that first important customer. What many entrepreneurs and, more importantly, their families, know is that there's a juggle on the family side of the equation as well, but it's one that many entrepreneurs may be reluctant to talk about.

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Posted by: Wendy Torrance
on February 26, 2014
Top of Mind's 5 Must Read Articles in Entrepreneurship

In perusing last week's headlines (and a few stragglers from the week prior), I realized I was drawn to numerous articles pertaining to entrepreneurial support beyond that in the United States. For those who don't know, my work at Kauffman allows me to travel a bit--about 100,000 miles a year to be exact.

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Posted by: Thom Ruhe
on February 24, 2014
Startup Scene: Provo, Utah

1 Million Cups launched in Provo, Utah at the end of January, just the latest program added to a vibrant and well-connected community. Provo has a rich technology history, outstanding education and a bright and supportive entrepreneurial future. This mountain city of 120,000 residents in the Utah Valley lives its vision of creating jobs and building a culture of growth through four distinct areas.

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Posted by: Nathan Kurtz
on February 18, 2014
Top of Mind's 5 Must-Read Articles in Entrepreneurship

Chasing an entrepreneurial dream can be an all-consuming effort. Particularly in those crucial early days of a startup, founders seem to eat, sleep and breathe their businesses. This naturally occurring tunnel vision has a purpose, of course, allowing entrepreneurs to give their business babies the time and attention they need to mature. But this heads-down mode is not without its drawbacks, one of which is neglecting to stay up on current events--particularly the happenings that can impact the entrepreneurs who are inadvertently paying no attention to them.

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Posted by: Thom Ruhe
on February 18, 2014
Staying Current

Chasing an entrepreneurial dream can be an all-consuming effort. Particularly in those crucial early days of a startup, founders seem to eat, sleep and breathe their businesses. But this heads-down mode is not without its drawbacks, one of which is neglecting to stay up on current events particularly the happenings that can impact the entrepreneurs who are inadvertently paying no attention to them.

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Posted by: Thom Ruhe
on February 18, 2014
Microsoft Ventures: The Original Startup Goes Back To Its Roots

Rahul Sood, General Manager of Microsoft Ventures, is changing how we help startups accelerate. Targeting markets across the globe, Microsoft Ventures is bringing entrepreneurial mentoring, backed by Microsoft's products and support, to give their accelerator companies an unfair advantage in the market.

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Posted by: Nathan Kurtz
on February 14, 2014
State of Entrepreneurship Address: All of the Above

A few weeks ago I wrote a blog post about President Obama's State of the Union Speech. I observed that entrepreneurial vision was lacking and I wish he had used the occasion to revive bipartisan support for an entrepreneurial agenda that could have given both parties things to support.

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Posted by: Thom Ruhe
on February 12, 2014
How Co-Working Spaces Lost Their Buzz

There's been a growing resurgence of working areas of long tables with copious amounts of white boards. They call them co-working spaces. Since the coining of the phrase in early 2000s, they've grown into warehouse size places with cubical conference rooms and modern furniture, becoming a hip thing for entrepreneurial ecosystems and startups across the globe. But recently, I've come to a realization: Co-working spaces are lame.

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Posted by: Amanda Schnieders
on February 06, 2014

Twitter Updates

  • "I Have No Idea What Your Company Does!" Five Steps To Clearly Explain Your Startup Idea http://t.co/pQzsxPO3yL by @DianaKander via @Forbes
  • SKETCHBOOK - @Alicia_Robb discusses challenges women entrepreneurs face funding their ventures http://t.co/5E6d2D7IgD via @KauffmanFDN
  • RT @rimalovski: Great post by @tinahernandez: Why startups need a narrow focus to successfully scale http://t.co/IrCvFnNans via @eshiporg
  • Definition: Co-Founder Agreement http://t.co/LvxfhKAMBU via @eMedCommunity
  • Why "If you build it, they will come" is not necessarily true when it comes to entrepreneurship http://t.co/Wlxcxdq82E via @KauffmanFDN