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Just a couple months ago, I'll bet 95 percent of the U.S. population hadn't even heard of the Internet of Things. All that's changed as the Internet of Things (IoT) becomes the next high-tech household term. If it hasn't yet entered your household, I found the best (and least jargon-y)definition from Cisco: It's "the network of physical objects accessed through the Internet, as defined by technology analysts and visionaries. These objects contain embedded technology to interact with internal states or the external environment. In other words, when objects can sense and communicate, it changes how and where decisions are made, and who makes them."

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Taylor Brown
on July 30, 2014
Top of Mind's 5 Must-Read Articles in Entrepreneurship

The importance of vacations is well documented. Studies show that some quality leisure time is a definite stress buffer . . . not to mention a depression and anxiety reducer, a positive mood increaser, and a self-esteem improver. And those mental health benefits yield some physical benefits as well, since chronic stress can take its toll on the body's ability to resist infections and maintain vital functions. In fact, studies show that annual holidays cut the risk of heart attacks in men by 30 percent and by 50 percent in women. That's one powerful vacation.

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Taylor Brown
on July 25, 2014
Top of Mind's 5 Must-Read Articles in Entrepreneurship

How are company names chosen? The initial impression of a company is its name because that is how any conversation about the venture is started. Therefore, how do you get the name right? Oftentimes there's a story rooted somewhere in the company's history that explains how the business ended being called what it is. And I can imagine, if its importance was taken into consideration, choosing that name was a daunting task.

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Taylor Brown
on June 10, 2014
Top of Mind's 5 Must-Read Articles in Entrepreneurship

The media seems to be a buzz with the nation's small business decline. From the increase in the number of startups failing, to the decrease in the number being started, this trend--not the reason for it, much to my disappointment--is being spun across the nation's news outlets. Entrepreneurship certainly ebbs and flows and while policymakers and entrepreneurial ecosystem members (hopefully) figure out what's causing the current ebb, I am encouraged to see another source stepping up to increase a form of entreprenruship: intrapreneurship.

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Thom Ruhe
on June 04, 2014
Top of Mind's 5 Must-Read Articles in Entrepreneurship

Angel funding hit the news last week in a big way with the Angel Capital Association launching its "Protect Angel Funding" campaign. This professional and trade association supports the success of angel investors in high-growth, early-stage companies. It launched the campaign in an effort to keep startups from losing this source of funding if the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) increases the financial qualifications for accredited investors.

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Thom Ruhe
on May 30, 2014
Top of Mind's 5 Must-Read Articles in Entrepreneurship

Being an entrepreneur can be quite an adventure. It comes with a host of ups and downs and surely, this risk (and reward)-filled path is not for everyone. But for most who have built their entrepreneurial dream, they would never trade it for a job--not for a million bucks.

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Thom Ruhe
on May 14, 2014
Ice House Program Teaches Teen Entrepreneurial Mindset

In this segment of Top of Mind, I talk with 17-year-old Jairo Fernandez, a student from Bishop Ward High School in Kansas City. Fernandez recently attended the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program, which is especially designed to develop critical thinking skills that will enable participants to identify and evaluate opportunities, manage risks, and learn from the results.

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Prentiss Earl III
on May 07, 2014
Innovate Colorado Springs: An Ode to Joe

Last week was busy--to say the least. Several of the Kauffman Entrepreneurship Team members were in Colorado Springs for Innovate Colorado Springs, a week of events uniting the region around its innovative and entrepreneurial potential.

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Thom Ruhe
on April 21, 2014
Seattle: One of the Best Cities for Women Entrepreneurs

When you think about Seattle, what may come to mind are coffee shops, grunge music and scores of Generation-Xers. But Seattle offers so much more. It is a hub for fostering entrepreneurship and is especially supportive of women who break out on their own. In fact, NerdWallet ranked Seattle as the third best city in the U.S. for women entrepreneurs, just behind Washington D.C and San Francisco.

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Annette Beck
on April 15, 2014
Top of Mind's 5 Must-Read Articles of Entrepreneurship

To think that what used to be used primarily to create boxes, action figures and King Kong heads is now being used to create prosthetic limbs, lungs and hearts both excites and scares me a bit. Several weeks ago, Mark Marich highlighted an article on its amazing abilities on our Policy Forum blog. 3D printing has been around for nearly 30 years, but just in the past couple years has caught the mainstream media's attention as its capabilities and accessibility grow.

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Thom Ruhe
on April 11, 2014

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