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VIDEO: Speaking About Entrepreneurship at the C2ER Conference
Ruhe Thom
6/26/2009
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Earlier this month, I had the privilege of addressing a roomful of individuals at the 49th Annual Conference of the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) in Kansas City, MO.  The theme of this year’s event was "Energizing Entrepreneurship: Monitoring Progress, Making Change,” and...

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VIDEO: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer says "The time is now!"
Ruhe Thom
6/22/2009
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It sounds like the intro line from a corny recruitment brochure – “Want to make money, change the world – and have fun doing it?” 

But according to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, entrepreneurship might be the way to do just that!

While speaking at the...

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VCs Invest in Fewer Startups
Cook Jon
4/21/2010
Article Resource
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So far this year both the number and size of deals by venture capitalists are down over the final quarter of 2009.

A total of 681 deals for $4.7 billion were completed by VCs in the first quarter of 2010, according to a MoneyTree Report released by the National Venture Capital Association and PricewaterhouseCoopers. That dollar amount is down about 10 percent over Q4 2009, but up nearly 40 percent over the same period last year.

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VC Confidential: Live and Let Die
9/20/2007
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"Know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em" could be the lament of a VC as well as a poker player. Wait a minute: VCs are poker players! How do you know when to shut down a promising enterprise that's not quite making it? Here are some hints from a VC blog.

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Using Investment Bankers to Sell Your Company
Geshwiler James
7/1/2006
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A critical early step in preparing your company for sale is hiring an investment banker to guide you. The ten-point set of guidelines contained in this article will help you recruit and hire the right investment banker.

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Using Creative Leadership
Ricks Frank
11/16/2005
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Frank Ricks, Founder of LRK Architecture, discusses design and creating value for clients while using creative leadership to increase the firm from seven to a hundred and sixty employees.

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Use Your Leadership Presence to Inspire
Baldoni John
5/5/2010
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In times of crisis people always look for inspirational leaders. What makes for inspiration is subjective, but there is one common element when speaking about leaders who inspire: they have a strong leadership presence.

By presence we mean "earned authority." That is, people follow your leadership because you are a proven quantity, whose credibility rests on your having gotten things done. Every leader must aspire to demonstrate presence in order to inspire; this is a theme explored in a new book, 12 Steps to Power Presence: How Leaders Assert their Authority to Lead.

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Use Social Media to Enable Innovation
OPENForum
4/21/2010
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Social media tools have many important business uses. One of the most powerful is the ability to foster innovation. With social media, businesses can tap into the needs, desires and opinions of a wide audience — and connect with a highly targeted group that is directly relevant to their businesses. These connections can be invaluable sources for new ideas and alternative ways of thinking.

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Unreeling the Documentary Film
Chandrasekaran Anand
4/30/2008
Audio Resource
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Documentary filmmakers Anand Chandrasekaran and Michaelene C. Risley discuss not only the inspiration for their film, <i>Tapestries of Hope</i>, but also some of the logistics of its production. Topics include fundraising strategies and how the film team overcame obstacles along the way.

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Unlearn Your MBA
Hansson David Heinemeier
1/20/2010
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David Heineimeier Hansson, the creator of Ruby on Rails and partner at 37signals in Chicago, says that planning is guessing, and for a start-up, the focus must be on today and not on tomorrow. He argues that constraints--fiscal, temporal, or otherwise--drive innovation and effective problem-solving. The most important thing, Hansson believes, is to make a dent in the universe with your company.

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