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7 Things I Didn't Know About Crowdfunding Before Today
8/29/2013
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Crowdfunding is a hot topic in the entrepreneurship space these days. Many startups are asking about it, and are trying to decide if seeking funding from the crowd is the right for their company. Sensing this demand, we hosted a three hour event on the subject a few days ago which you can view here and here.

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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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An Investment Trend Could Hurt Startup IT Firms
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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Can entrepreneurs avoid "No Mans Land"?
OConnell Brian
10/20/2011
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In a venture funding climate seeking large returns, thousands of potentially successful entrepreneurial startups can't get the financing they need to make a difference in the economy and in the culture. The problem isn't a new one, but it is a damaging one.

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Health IT offers large opportunity, says Lux Capital’s Foster
Weintraub Arlene
5/12/2011
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Health IT, innovation and business models are some of the topics addressed in this Q&A session with Richard Foster, a new partner at venture capital firm Lux Capital. Read more for his views on the future of health IT and his advice for new entrepreneurs.

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How NOT to Get Venture Funding
OConnell Brian
9/9/2011
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One big communications mistake will take you and your firm out of the running for venture capital funds.

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Is "locavesting" the next logical step for small business financing?
OConnell Brian
12/13/2011
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Local investing could be the answer to the problem of dealing with big banks and the way they do business. Read more about this funding alternative for startups.

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Is locavesting the next logical step for small business financing
Brian OConnell
1/17/2012
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Local investing could be the answer to the problem of dealing with big banks and the way they do business. Read more about this funding alternative for startups.

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Lean Entrepreneur: How I Built My Startup in 48 Hours
Jennifer Kearns
8/23/2013
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As Kauffman Labs helps grow and educate the entrepreneurial community through programs, events and workshops, we came across an aspiring gentleman with an idea. Nodir Abdullayev (Bek) has just recently found out about the entrepreneurial community in Kansas City and has made strides to become engaged since finding his first event through Kauffman Labs. Learn how Bek's first experience made him go from an aspiring entrepreneur to lean entrepreneur.

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Leaving Presentations to Chance is Like Embarking on a Trip Without a Map
Wendy Torrance
11/19/2013
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Leaving presentations to chance is like embarking on a trip without a map (hat tip to Amanda Schnieders for the metaphor). If you don't know where you're headed and how you'll get there, you may not reach your destination.

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