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How one digital health startup got its product on The Colbert Report
Christina Sherwood
7/23/2013
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CellScope creates tools for consumers to use at home to remotely diagnose common ailments. Its co-founder offered entrepreneurial insights on selling the vision, finding the right funding fit, and not being afraid to ask.

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"Lean In" Entrepreneurs
Wendy Torrance
7/24/2013
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According to the Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity, a leading indicator of new business creation in the United States, men are “substantially more likely to start a business each month than women”.  In the seventeen year period from 1996 – 2012, the average rate of entrepreneurial activity for men was .37 percent; for women during the same period it was .23 percent. 

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Six myths about venture capital
Christina Sherwood
7/25/2013
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In a piece for the Harvard Business Review, Kauffman's director of private equity Diane Mulcahy debunked six VC myths to empower founders when negotiating for funding.

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Lessons from Failure :: Renting High-end Jewelry
Diana Kander
7/25/2013
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At age 25, Laura Sanko was a founding member of a startup that raised $3.5 Million from some world-famous investors and the Founder’s Fund.  The business model was simple: a website that rented high-end jewelry for special occasions for a fraction of the retail value of each piece.  Three years later, the investment money was all gone and while the site continued to operate, it had failed to meet the investors’ expectations.  I sat down with Laura to figure out what went wrong.

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From company name to investment Venture-Med Angels advise startups
7/29/2013
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Two's (a) Company, Three's a Crowd?
Thom Ruhe
7/30/2013
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When considering the optimal number of founders for any new entrepreneurial adventure, the calculus extends well beyond simple formulas seemingly supported by observations of startup cohorts within specific industries. Famous technology twosomes that come to mind include David Packard and William Hewlett of Hewlett-Packard, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak of Apple, Paul Allen and Bill Gates of Microsoft, Larry Page and Sergey Brin of Google. In these examples, it is widely observed that these buddy teams complemented each other well in the early formative years of their companies.

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Campuses: Creating Entrepreneurship Opportunity
Wendy Torrance
8/5/2013
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Entrepreneurship is flourishing on campuses around the country. In classrooms and through co-curricular programs and competitions, students on diverse campuses, at universities large and small, representing disciplines across the spectrum, have the opportunity to understand the role of entrepreneurship in the economy, explore innovation, test their own ideas, and learn what they need to know to be entrepreneurs.

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The thumbs-up or thumbs-down approach to team building
Christina Sherwood
8/6/2013
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Interviewees shouldn't expect traditional questions when they're applying for a position at Limeade, a corporate wellness space focused on building high-performance workforces.

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Who are user entrepreneurs?
Christina Sherwood
8/8/2013
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"User entrepreneurs" have founded more than 46 percent of innovative startups that have lasted five years or more, even though the group only creates 10.7 percent of all U.S, startups.

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Lessons From Failure: Borrowing Tools From Your Neighbors
Diana Kander
8/12/2013
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Adam Berk had a vision of creating an online library where neighbors could borrow tools and electronics from one another. Why buy a fancy camera you only needed to use once for a big trip? Why invest the money in physical tools for a home remodeling project if you are never going to need them again? Adam and his best friend Dave spent 5 years creating this utopian community, neighborrow, powered by a new form of currency. Their business model was to eventually white label the product and sell it to large apartment buildings and others who wanted to facilitate a borrowing community. But they never achieved their vision. 

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