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Startup Scene: Provo, Utah
Nathan Kurtz
2/18/2014
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1 Million Cups launched in Provo, Utah at the end of January, just the latest program added to a vibrant and well-connected community. Provo has a rich technology history, outstanding education and a bright and supportive entrepreneurial future. This mountain city of 120,000 residents in the Utah Valley lives its vision of creating jobs and building a culture of growth through four distinct areas.

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Startups: How to Build Something People Will Buy
Wendy Torrance
3/14/2014
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"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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Stimulating Innovation and Creativity in the Workplace
Sutton Robert I
8/26/2006
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Robert Sutton, Co-Director of the Center for Work, Technology, and Organization at Stanford University focuses on what it takes to stimulate innovation and creativity in the workplace and relates the key points from his book "Weird Ideas that Work."

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Strategic Giving for Entrepreneurs
Miller Beth A
11/22/2003
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Pairing with charities enables entrepreneurial companies to offer a morale-boosting perk to employees while enhancing traditional marketing strategies, says the founder of a consultancy that facilitates such sponsorships.

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Strategies for Effective Partnering Relationships
Sherman Andrew J
6/1/2004
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For entrepreneurial companies and their established counterparts, joint ventures and strategic alliances bring mutual benefits that each would otherwise be unable to achieve independently.

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Teaching Employees to Think and Act Like Owners
Stack John P Jack
3/1/2005
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Jack Stack gives back to entrepreneurship in a variety of ways, but one of his main contributions has been through delivering a consistent message: employees at all levels of a company should think and act like they own it.

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Technology Innovator Helps Women Transcend the Ginger Rogers Principle
Strom Bernee D L
4/1/2005
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Serial entrepreneur Bernee Strom started her career as a math professor and still considers teaching and mentoring important ways to give back.

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Ten Enduring Success Factors for High Technology Entrepreneurship
Byers Tom
1/18/2006
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Stanford University professor, Tom Byers, discusses ten enduring success factors of high-technology entrepreneurship, including planning, teamwork, venture financing, leadership, cash flow, market positioning, partnerships, and identifying business opportunities.

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The Art of Teaching Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Seelig Tina
5/27/2009
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Stanford Technology Ventures Program's Executive Director Tina Seelig shares rich insights in creative thinking and the entrepreneurial mindset. Her talk, based on her 2009 book, <em>What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20</em>, cites numerous classroom successes of applied problem-solving and the lessons of failure.

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The Dynamic Relationship Between an Entrepreneur and VC
Bloom Ron
1/31/2007
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Ray Lane, General Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield &amp;amp; Byers and Ron Bloom, CEO of PodShow, describe their relationship in building an online media entertainment company focused on meeting the fast-changing demands of today's web users.

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