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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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Posted by: 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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Posted by: Thom Ruhe
on April 11, 2014
Chamber of Commerce Experiements with Entrepreneurs

Not long ago, the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce decided that it wanted to position the community as the most entrepreneurial city in America. And after almost three years, Kansas City is making strides to achieve this goal. This episode of "Top of Mind" highlights the "Access for Entrepreneurs"program, which is the initiative the Greater Kansas City Chamber is using to stake its claim.

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Posted by: Thom Ruhe
on April 07, 2014
Top of Mind's Must-Read Articles in Entrepreneurship

As a father of three who's just begun the life stage where my children start matriculating off to college, I find myself drawn to news about all things higher academia. I've also done my fair share of weighing in on our country's state of higher education, from reconsidering its worth due to rising tuition costs to giving advice to high school graduates grappling with their many options for the next phase of life.

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Posted by: Thom Ruhe
on April 02, 2014
5 Must-Read Articles in Entrepreneurship

I was disappointed to have been unable to make the 2014 Global Entrepreneurship Congress last week in Moscow. It's a historic event, in its fifth year, that gathers startup champions from around the world--entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, thought leaders and policymakers--to work together to help bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. This kind of annual assembly has contributed to the expansion of a global entrepreneurial ecosystem by connecting experts and entrepreneurs across borders and sectors to unleash their ideas and transform innovation into reality.

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Posted by: Thom Ruhe
on March 26, 2014
Top of Mind's 5 Must-Read Articles in Entrepreneurship

Venture capital certainly has its place within the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Some of our nation's largest companies (and employers), like Apple, Google and FedEx, have secured this form of funding. But plenty of Kauffman Foundation research tells us that VC funding isn't as mainstream in startups as one would gather based on its common place in startup news. In fact, less than 20 percent of the fastest growing young companies ever take venture capital money.

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Posted by: Thom Ruhe
on March 18, 2014
Why Baby Boomers and Millennials Should Co-Found

Baby boomers are micromanagers, work hard, do not understand technology, are stubborn and want to destroy the planet. Millennials are lazy, entitled, tech savvy, want to save the world and don't know how to communicate in person. Although the generalizations of baby boomers and millennials vary, they do share one similar characteristic, they both share particular entrepreneurial characteristics. Millennials crave freedom and earning potential. Baby boomers have a desire to build something.

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Posted by: Taylor Brown
on March 10, 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
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
A Lesson Learned in Travel

I spent much of Global Entrepreneurship Week traveling. It's one of the things I love most about my work at the Kauffman Foundation. And in that travel, I've learned that entrepreneurship transcends borders and languages-but it is deeply impacted by culture and policy.

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Posted by: Thom Ruhe
on December 10, 2013

Twitter Updates

  • Public Venture Funds -- and other tactics to avoid in "A Quick Guide to Smart Entrepreneurship Policymaking" http://t.co/wl3xSP0DHV
  • Why Startups Need a Narrow Focus to Successfully Scale http://t.co/TDhOZVXtJu via @eMedCommunity
  • Reinvent Incubators -- and other tips in "A Quick Guide to Smart Entrepreneurship Policymaking" http://t.co/z5AgoprXvA by @MarkMarich
  • @pkennedy5 We don't know of one as of now (although sounds like a great idea). Might check out http://t.co/dSLdQTuCGJ as a resource.
  • New Policy Digest says traditional approach of investments/incubators is ineffective in promoting entrepreneurship http://t.co/JHIjzPsO0K