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Acquisition: Mission Failed or Dream Salvaged?
Amanda Schnieders
7/11/2013
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"If you truly believe in the potential of your company to change the world for the better, there’s no excuse for settling for an acquisition."

I was reading through this month's Inc. magazine earlier when this quote caught my eye. My first thought was to challenge the notion. There are specific occasions when an acquisition is exactly what a company needs to move forward or to move on. This is just how things work, but the bold words sparked my interest enough to turn the page. I flipped to Issie Lapowsky’s feature with Vimeo founder Jake Lodwick. Lodwick was fired a year and a half after selling Connected Ventures, the parent company of Vimeo and College Humor, to InterActive Corp, an Internet company that owns the likes of match.com, Urbanspoon, and dictionary.com. After the acquisition, he felt stripped of his creativity. Where innovation once dwelled, process was introduced. Lodwick was fired a week and a half before he planned to quit. This experience backs his words of advice to entrepreneurs who think an acquisition means nothing will change within the mission of an organization. Lodwick bitterly states that "in fact the mission was lost, and everything will change."

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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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American medical device industry can't have it both ways
Healing Innovation
10/6/2011
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In the race to get new medical devices to market, companies encounter FDA speed bumps that slow down the process. But would we really be willing to accept the risks that would accompany fast FDA approvals?

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An Entrepreneurial Win for the Future
Ruhe Thom
2/24/2011
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President Obama and his cabinet secretaries visited Northeast Ohio to talk about issues, opportunities, and new ideas around entrepreneurship.

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An Investment Trend Could Hurt Startup IT Firms
Baum Stephanie
11/10/2011
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Venture firms are approaching angel investor groups to co-invest at the growth stage of startups. Read more about the impact this could have on startup IT companies.

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Angel investing versus venture capital: Part I
OConnell Brian
11/17/2011
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Popular convention has it that venture capital is the most common and popular form of startup funding. But a deeper look inside the numbers reveals that angel funders, over the long haul, are much more likely than venture capital firms to provide seed money to a new business startup.

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Are Entrepreneurs Really Predators?
Schoeniger Gary
4/15/2010
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As entrepreneurship has emerged as a global phenomenon, it is apparent that many popular entrepreneur myths remain. Among them, none is perhaps more common (and potentially devastating) than that of the entrepreneur as a bold risk taker, the flamboyant gambler who bets it all and...

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Are entrepreneurs destined or nurtured to start businesses?
OConnell Brian
6/30/2011
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Can entrepreneurism be taught? A new Babson College study on what influences startup business owners says it can.

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Balancing that Otherside of the Life Equation: Family
Wendy Torrance
7/12/2013
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When we think about the startup life we're often occupied with visions of long days and late nights in the office and the all consuming passion that overtakes a life as someone takes a vision and turns it into reality. An entrepreneur certainly has many things that can easily engulf his or her life as they balance product creation, customer development, hiring, sales and financing, to name but a few. But what about the other side of the life equation? Entrepreneurs have families, friends, spouses, and partners who play an important role.

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Balancing the Other Side of the Life Equation: Relationships
Wendy Torrance
7/12/2013
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When we think about the startup life we're often occupied with visions of long days and late nights in the office and the all consuming passion that overtakes a life as someone takes a vision and turns it into reality. An entrepreneur certainly has many things that can easily engulf his or her life as they balance product creation, customer development, hiring, sales and financing, to name but a few. But what about the other side of the life equation? Entrepreneurs have families, friends, spouses, and partners who play an important role.

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