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The key to raising funds from friends and family alone
Christina Sherwood
3/18/2014
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Blain Tomlinson, the CEO of Walkjoy, has vowed to largely eschew venture capital funding for his company.

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Three Questions To Ask Yourself Before You Attend SXSW 2015
Nathan Kurtz
3/18/2014
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People everywhere. Parties that seem to be on continuous loop all day. Vendors marketing new ideas, new startups or new swag everywhere you go. And then there's the conference with its many speakers presenting on topics ranging from anything to everything. With 30,000 people in attendance, the South By Southwest Interactive Conference can be overwhelming. So from a recent SXSW newbie to you, here are three questions to ask yourself when preparing to attend SXSW 2015.

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Top of Mind's 5 Must-Read Articles in Entrepreneurship
Thom Ruhe
3/18/2014
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Venture capital certainly has its place within the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Some of our nation's largest companies (and employers), like Apple, Google and FedEx, have secured this form of funding. But plenty of Kauffman Foundation research tells us that VC funding isn't as mainstream in startups as one would gather based on its common place in startup news. In fact, less than 20 percent of the fastest growing young companies ever take venture capital money.

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What is crowdfunding?
Christina Sherwood
3/17/2014
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Crowdfunding lets entrepreneurs present their ideas to a large number of potential investors who can help startups reach their funding goals.

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A Little Jazz + A Little Networking = Big Things in Pittsburgh
Annette Beck
3/17/2014
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Every Thursday evening in downtown Pittsburgh, something special happens at Little E's Jazz and Blues Club. During happy hour each week, entrepreneurs get together to tap into what's hot in the Pittsburgh start-up arena. Over drinks and cool jazz, they have the opportunity to interact and create relationships with potential financiers, university incubators, economic development thought leaders and other business stars.

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Healthcare's Grand H@ckfest starts now
Zen Chu
3/14/2014
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Healthcare's Grand H@ckfest, a collaboration between the Kauffman Foundation and MIT's H@cking Medicine, kicks off tonight in Boston.

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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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Definition: Bootstrapping
Christina Sherwood
3/12/2014
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Bootstrapping refers to sustaining a business through personal investment and without external help.

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Out of Necessity: Coining 'Intrapreneurship'
Thom Ruhe
3/11/2014
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It was a thrill for me last summer when I had the chance to sit down with best-selling author, entrepreneur and teacher, Gifford Pinchot III. For someone like me who has been an entrepreneur and who now works at the foundation for entrepreneurs, to meet the legend who actually coined the term "intrapreneurship" was a real treat. During our visit, I had the chance to ask Gifford about the motivation that led to the publishing of his best-selling book, Intrapreneuring: Why You Don't Have to Leave the Corporation to Become an Entrepreneur, in 1985.

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What are the different tech accelerators vs. health tech accelerators?
Zen Chu
3/10/2014
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Accelerators are organizations that support entrepreneurs and their startups.

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