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Can Startups Save A City?

Anyone interested in entrepreneurship who has been to Pittsburgh has likely seen the renaissance in the city's East Liberty neighborhood. Known as Bakery Square, the area was once home to a large Nabisco factory and now offices some of the best and the brightest who work for the high-tech behemoth known as Google.

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Posted by: Amanda Schnieders
on April 16, 2014
A Little Jazz + A Little Networking = Big Things in Pittsburgh

Every Thursday evening in downtown Pittsburgh, something special happens at Little E's Jazz and Blues Club. During happy hour each week, entrepreneurs get together to tap into what's hot in the Pittsburgh start-up arena. Over drinks and cool jazz, they have the opportunity to interact and create relationships with potential financiers, university incubators, economic development thought leaders and other business stars.

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Posted by: Annette Beck
on March 17, 2014
Out of Necessity: Coining Intrapreneurship

It was a thrill for me last summer when I had the chance to sit down with best-selling author, entrepreneur and teacher, Gifford Pinchot III. For someone like me who has been an entrepreneur and who now works at the foundation for entrepreneurs, to meet the legend who actually coined the term "intrapreneurship" was a real treat. During our visit, I had the chance to ask Gifford about the motivation that led to the publishing of his best-selling book, Intrapreneuring: Why You Don't Have to Leave the Corporation to Become an Entrepreneur, in 1985.

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Posted by: Thom Ruhe
on March 11, 2014
Reverse Pitch Connects Corporations With Entrepreneurs

Something extraordinary happened in Kansas City last Thursday. For the second year in a row, some of Kansas City's largest organizations participated in a reverse pitch. KCNext, the host and organizer, brought in a capacity crowd of over 200 entrepreneurs and other Global Entrepreneurship Week event participants. There were 65 events in Kansas City spread across a week and a half. But this event was different. This one was special.

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Posted by: Nathan Kurtz
on November 25, 2013
Can Social Entrepreneurship Save our Earth?

In a time when our world's escalating environmental and social woes are weighing heavy on my mind, it was an uplifting change of pace to sit down with Gifford Pinchot III. Beyond being a best-selling author and the legend credited with coining the term intrapreneurship, Gifford is co-founder of the Bainbridge Graduate Institute, an amazing school that has turned both education and entrepreneurship on its head by offering the first MBA in sustainable business.

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Posted by: Thom Ruhe
on November 5, 2013
Entrepreneurs, Thought-Leaders Unveil Tips at Inc 500|5000 Conference

You can't leave an INC 500/5000 conference without a list of great concepts and ideas to implement upon your office return. Such was the case as I travel back to Kansas City from a superstar lineup of speakers in Washington D.C. this year. Though the shutdown kept us out of the museums, Inc's lineup kept us in the meeting rooms, listening intently to likes of Jim Collins, Jack Stack, Marc Ecko and Kauffman's own Ted Zoller.

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Posted by: Annette Beck
on October 21, 2013
Two's (a) Company, Three's a Crowd?

When considering the optimal number of founders for any new entrepreneurial adventure, the calculus extends well beyond simple formulas seemingly supported by observations of startup cohorts within specific industries. Famous technology twosomes that come to mind include David Packard and William Hewlett of Hewlett-Packard, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak of Apple, Paul Allen and Bill Gates of Microsoft, Larry Page and Sergey Brin of Google. In these examples, it is widely observed that these buddy teams complemented each other well in the early formative years of their companies.

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Posted by: Thom Ruhe
on July 30, 2013
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