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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
Startups: How to Build Something People Will Buy

"No business plan survives first contact with customers," Steve Blank says. What? Isn't the point of planning that you maximize the likelihood of success in the marketplace? Well yes, but perhaps not the kind of planning you might be thinking about. A business plan conceived on paper, powered by a great idea or invention, enhanced by research on the size of the market and a customer profile, has great potential. But it also has a crucial flaw.

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Wendy Torrance
on March 14, 2014
Why A Startup Is Not A Big Company

Once you've heard the insight--that startups are different from big companies--it seems so obvious. Yet too often entrepreneurs, and those that teach them, approach the building of new companies with the same goals, staff structures and assumptions that motivate the management of large companies. Startup founders build teams to focus on engineering, and on the process of creating a product and bringing it to market.

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Wendy Torrance
on January 22, 2014
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