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Thom Ruhe

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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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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 F-Word in Entrepreneurship
Thom Ruhe
2/27/2013
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I recently sat down with Diana Kander, a successful entrepreneur and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Kauffman Foundation. Diana has founded and sold multiple enterprises, raising a lot of angel investment in the meantime. But we weren’t getting together to talk about her successes. Instead, we dove into a taboo topic … failure.

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Aiming High
Thom Ruhe
2/18/2013
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In the entrepreneurship and economic development realms, the word “high-growth” is tossed about loosely, often used to define that rare, illusive, overnight success of a startup. But a recent study by Kauffman has proved that high-growth firms aren’t as hard-pressed to find as we thought … so long as you’re looking in the right places.

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Let's Shrink the Growing World of Entrepreneurship
Thom Ruhe
11/26/2013
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Long understood to be the engine of the U.S. economy, the world is embracing entrepreneurship as one of the primary means of building a long-term recovery. Ironically, for this spreading global fervor to make a sustainable impact, the world of entrepreneurship must shrink.

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Ice House Sketchbook Dispels Myths of Entrepreneurship
Thom Ruhe
11/22/2013
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The latest Kauffman Sketchbook illustrates how the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program develops the critical thinking, communication and problem-solving skills that help any individual think like an entrepreneur.

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Can Social Entrepreneurship Save our Earth?
Thom Ruhe
11/5/2013
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In a time when our world’s escalating environmental and social woes are weighing heavy on my mind, it was an uplifting change of pace to sit down with Gifford Pinchot III. Beyond being a best-selling author and the legend credited with coining the term intrapreneurship, Gifford is co-founder of the Bainbridge Graduate Institute, an amazing school that has turned both education and entrepreneurship on its head by offering the first MBA in sustainable business.

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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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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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Entrepreneurship Heats up in Rio de Janeiro
Thom Ruhe
3/26/2013
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil was the host city to the 2013 Global Entrepreneurship Congress. Over 1,000 people from 144 countries shared a hot and humid week fueled by the overwhelming passion to promote entrepreneurship globally.

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