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Everyday Sabbaticals for Entrepreneurs
Yeagle James
12/22/2004
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An entrepreneur argues that sabbaticals need not be extended periods of time off but can be worked into the everyday job of building a company.

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Young Mentor Adds Value to New Ventures.Both For- and Not-for-Profit
Wu Vicky
6/1/2005
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Vicki Wu's passion for her business and philanthropic activities have caused her to seek convergences between the for- and non-profit worlds.

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A Business Case for Formal Mentoring
Wayshak Corinne
10/7/2002
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Entrepreneurs can benefit from seeking to be paired for a fee with a mentor who provides guidance and support, says the author, who pursued such a formal mentorship upon the founding of her second venture. With new skills to learn in an operating company as opposed to her previous professional-services concern, this entrepreneur reports developing company-building tactics as well as respect for mentoring itself.

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Building a Board from Scratch
Warnock Greg
5/1/2006
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First-time CEOs may find it daunting to establish their first board of directors. This topic expert details a four-step process to building boards that can help growth companies thrive.

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Making Cakes to Hire People
Walls Julius
12/1/2004
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Julius Walls has the priviledge of leading a company that exists to give back.

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With a Mentor by Your Side
Voth Emily
10/7/2005
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Entrepreneurs loath to seek mentoring should take at least one piece of advice: try it, you'll like it, writes the author who built a business by accepting help from smarter and more experienced founders. Included is a look at the workings of her relationship with her current mentor. (Originally Published October 2002)

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Entrepreneurship Hits Stride on College Campuses
Wendy Torrance
8/1/2013
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In a matter of weeks colleges and universities across the country will be teeming with students. A new school year will bring the excitement of new discovery, opportunities to meet new people, and the anticipation of learning. On these campuses students will also find a vast array of opportunities to explore entrepreneurship.

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Khan Academy Launches Entrepreneurship Series
Wendy Torrance
9/25/2013
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Our founder, Ewing Marion Kauffman, once said: "It's your right to be uncommon if you can. You seek opportunity to compete. You desire to take calculated risk, to dream, to build, yes, even to fail, and to succeed". He was talking to entrepreneurs: those people who create new ventures, building visions into reality. Indeed, entrepreneurs are uncommon in many ways. They create something from nothing. They see problems (and solutions) that others might not. They take personal and financial risks.

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'Sales is Like Oxygen,' and So is Education
Wendy Torrance
11/4/2013
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During my years at the Kauffman Foundation I have seen firsthand the effect that education can have on the development of entrepreneurs and their companies. The entrepreneurs with whom I have worked have taken the lessons they have learned and applied them to great effect in their endeavors as founders. These entrepreneurs benefited from opportunities to learn critical skills, and from gaining an understanding of crucial decisions or junctures that often can derail entrepreneurial businesses.

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How "People-Problems" Can Confound Early Stage Ventures
Wendy Torrance
12/13/2013
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Some of the very first decisions founders must make early on in their ventures are crucially important to the future of the business. Many of these decisions concern the ubiquitous "people problems" that challenge even experienced entrepreneurs. When should I found? Should I co-found with someone? With whom? How should we split the equity? Bad or ill-informed choices at critical junctures could have significant consequences for startups. In fact, research has suggested that 65 percent of new firm failures were related to problems within the management team.

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