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Thom Ruhe

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Community Is the New Currency
Thom Ruhe
5/2/2013
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In her book, It Takes a Village: And Other Lessons Children Teach Us, Hillary Clinton famously (or infamously, based upon your politics) advocated for a society that assumes shared responsibility for raising children. I have concluded that there is some value to "the Village," but in an emerging way that may be redefining what we expect from the communities in which we engage.

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A Stroll through Startup Village
Thom Ruhe
5/20/2013
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A lone startup that had set up shop in a house on a typical Kansas City block has some new neighbors. In less than one year—with the recent installation of Google Fiber serving as a potential catalyst—that same block is now home to a dense pocket of startup activity and has been duly dubbed the Kansas City Startup Village.

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An Educated Choice
Thom Ruhe
6/10/2013
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As high school graduates across the country grappled with post secondary education options, I acknowledge some truths in the decision making process--thoughts that helped my son make the best choice for him. Here are my commencement speech-like thoughts...applicable to any high school graduate, and especially those toying with the idea of entrepreneurship as a career path.

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Global Scholars Graduate
Thom Ruhe
6/18/2013
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What do financial planning, synthetic crude oil, and campaign building have in common? They’re the focus of three entrepreneurs who have recently graduated from the Kauffman Global Scholars Program.

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My Entrepreneurial Utopia
Thom Ruhe
7/3/2013
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I was in my element last weekend at the Kansas City Maker Faire. This "Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth” celebrates the things people create and the people who create them.

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The Most Pervasive, Pernicious Offense
Thom Ruhe
7/11/2013
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I was having a beer with a friend the other night when he mentioned a startup in our community that had recently announced a “pivot” in its business model. He said that it was now pursuing a different “value proposition” in an effort to “monetize its client base.” I nearly showered him with beer while admonishing him for being a bad cliché of Valley speak.

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Two's (a) Company, Three's a Crowd?
Thom Ruhe
7/30/2013
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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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Straight from the Source
Thom Ruhe
9/26/2013
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To me, there’s no better source for entrepreneurial advice than straight from the entrepreneur. And as an entrepreneur myself, I know there’s no one an entrepreneur is more likely to take advice from than a fellow entrepreneur. And herein lies the core value of a new entrepreneurship interview series launched today by the Khan Academy in partnership with the Kauffman Foundation.

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Founders School: 'Just in Time' Lessons for Entrepreneurs
Thom Ruhe
10/4/2013
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You don't need to spend countless hours in a classroom, or have an MBA to become a successful entrepreneur. Entrepreneurs often don't have the time or patience to sit through a semester long class or six-week course in order to retrieve the answer to a question they have now--today. They need help quickly and efficiently. And this is where our idea for Founders School started.

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Where the Big Data Comes From
Thom Ruhe
10/7/2013
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Last month, the Kauffman Foundation announced a grant aimed at curating data on young companies from cities around the world. Our partner in this endeavor is Startup Genome; a free and open platform for collecting, curating and analyzing data about the startups, entrepreneurs, investors and community enablers in a local startup community.

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