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Thom Ruhe

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Dispelling the Myth of the Zuckerberg Entrepreneur
Thom Ruhe
7/12/2012
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When you hear the word entrepreneur, what kind of image does your mind conjure up? If it’s a Mark Zuckerberg look-a-like pouring out HTML code in an Ivy League dorm room, you’re probably not alone. But you’re not exactly picturing the masses.

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For Better or Worse: Advice for the Entrepreneurial Spouse
Thom Ruhe
8/20/2012
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I recently read an article on Forbes.com about the ups and downs of being an entrepreneur’s spouse or significant other. It brought me back to my own entrepreneurial endeavors and reminded me of a few coping mechanisms my wife of now 23 years and I picked up along the way.

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It's Hip to Upcycle
Thom Ruhe
8/9/2012
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One of the genuinely rewarding parts of my job is working with entrepreneurs in a variety of industries. Meet Andrew Sell, the founder of a startup that can make an environmental difference while earning a profit.

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GEW Videos of the Day Venezuela and UK
Thom Ruhe
11/13/2012
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The videos for today feature Venezuela and the UK.

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Global Entrepreneurship Week 2012 Instagram Feed
Thom Ruhe
11/13/2012
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See some of the great images from around the world in this feed of Instagram photos from the 2012 Global Entrepreneurship Week.

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Investing In College—Is It Worth It/$50K A Year?
Thom Ruhe
11/19/2012
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The once easy choice for many of going from high school to some form of accredited higher education is becoming less of a forgone conclusion simply because of the economics and by the entrance of for-profit schools of varying types; including alternative options to college altogether like the UnCollege movement and the Thiel Fellowship program. The entrance of these new players (entrepreneurs) will impact some traditional sources of higher education and certainly challenge our obedient consumer consensus that a ‘traditional’ education will best serve my progeny.

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Rants from the Road
Thom Ruhe
11/14/2012
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I had my reservations about starting the Top of Mind video channel—mainly because there are a lot of good sources for observations and opinions on the increasingly popular topic of entrepreneurship. But we have proceeded with this effort because one of the rare privileges I have, by virtue of my position and the work we do at the foundation, is being granted access to events and thinking that are not common to many.

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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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Interview with an Iconic Entrepreneur
Thom Ruhe
4/22/2013
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One of the greatest gifts of my job is the opportunity to meet entrepreneurs. A couple weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to talk entrepreneurship with Barnett Helzberg, Jr., former CEO of Helzberg Diamonds. Turns out this iconic entrepreneur, who's sold a company to Warren Buffet, knows a thing or two about entrepreneurship.

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A Stroll through Startup Village
Thom Ruhe
5/20/2013
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A lone startup that had set up shop in a house on a typical Kansas City block has some new neighbors. In less than one year—with the recent installation of Google Fiber serving as a potential catalyst—that same block is now home to a dense pocket of startup activity and has been duly dubbed the Kansas City Startup Village.

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