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Thom Ruhe

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Time to Get to Work
Ruhe Thom
3/25/2010
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Depending upon your politics, the recent passing of the historic healthcare reform bill has you high-fiving friends and co-workers or preparing for Armageddon, as it will most certainly usher in a period pestilence, poverty, and perniciousness.

So whether you’re popping corks on some bubbly or stocking...

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Three Things Entrepreneurs Do
Ruhe Thom
9/14/2011
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This summer the Kauffman Foundation released The Startup Act. The comprehensive proposal for new legislation is aimed at jump-starting our nation’s economy through more successful startups. The data supporting the purpose and contents of The Startup Act are compelling. But sometimes, a little visual helps too.

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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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The Lost Word on the Economy
Ruhe Thom
4/23/2009
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While pundits, columnists, economists, and policy makers climb over mountains of financial data, looking for signs of recovery and politically convenient scapegoats upon which we can turn a distracting public focus of populist rage and class warfare, there is a quiet but steady vibration...

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The Intoxicating Smell of Entrepreneurship
Thom Ruhe
3/5/2013
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I recently got to delve into a very appetizing trend emerging in the entrepreneurial space: shared kitchens. While the concept of shared resources isn’t new, taking it into the kitchen for the sake of supporting startups in the food industry is—but the idea is taking off.

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The Importance of Intangibles
Ruhe Thom
9/26/2011
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Last spring, Athena Alliance, along with support from the Kauffman Foundation OECD, The Conference Board, and US National Academies, put together an inspiring conference on the role of intangible assets— information, workforce skills and know-how, effective management and marketing, business models, relations with suppliers and customers, software and databases, and intellectual property— in job creation and economic growth.

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The Foundation of Any Startup Community
Thom Ruhe
10/19/2012
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Founder-turned-venture capitalist Brad Feld has some spot-on ideas about what it takes to build a community rich in startup activity. He outlines those four major characteristics in his new book, Startup Communities; they’re also the subject of a recent Kauffman Foundation animated sketchbook video.

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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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The Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award
Ruhe Thom
6/23/2010
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Looking forward to attending the Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of The Year Northeast Ohio Awards Gala tonight.  I’m honored to be a part of this honorable tradition. The Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year® is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The award...

 

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The Entrepreneurial Paradox: Profit or Power?
Ruhe Thom
8/12/2009
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For many entrepreneurs, there’s some part of their personality – their drive, their adept deal-making ability, their stubbornness – that becomes a crucial component to the early success of their venture.  But all too often, the time comes when the tables are turned, and it’s...

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