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Naps in the Workplace: Productivty or Slacking Off

Progressive work atmospheres are getting a lot of attention lately. From Daniel Pink's video on Founders School where he talks about motivating with autonomy, to the summertime buzz about the importance of extended vacations, it's on everyone's mind. Next subject: naps.

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Taylor Brown
on September 05, 2014
When Do You Pivot, Proceed or Quit?

A tough question every entrepreneur has to consider about his or her business is when to pivot, proceed or just plain quit.

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Amanda Schnieders
on May 12, 2014
Mind If I Borrow Your 3D Printer? How 3D Hubs Is Creating A Community Around Printing

The additive manufacturing industry has become an incredible resource to startups and entrepreneurs. The technology has not only helped break down the barriers to entry for product developers, but has also lent itself to an evolved marketplace where entrepreneurs can cater to personalized services and products, at a just-in-time pace, with very little startup capital necessary to launch. This has tailored an economic trend for the emergence of high frequency startup activity, mostly in the world of 3D printing.

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Brad Chapman
on April 24, 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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Thom Ruhe
on March 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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Nathan Kurtz
on February 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
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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Nathan Kurtz
on November 25, 2013
Leaving Presentations to Chance is Like Embarking on a Trip Without a Map

Leaving presentations to chance is like embarking on a trip without a map (hat tip to Amanda Schnieders for the metaphor). If you don't know where you're headed and how you'll get there, you may not reach your destination.

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Wendy Torrance
on November 19, 2013
Feeding the Entrepreneur in the Workplace

Most people know the benefits of healthy eating. We know the obesity statistics in America, and the age old saying that "an apple a day keeps the doctor away" Even with all this knowledge, most days I’m lucky if I make it out the door with some sort of breakfast in one hand, and a cup of coffee in another. 

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Kaitlin Long
on July 18, 2013
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