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Do You Have the 'Saving Gene'?
Taylor Brown
7/26/2013
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SavingsWould you rather buy the new Apple product or save that money in an interest bearing account? When is the right time for a person to start saving? I was lucky enough to have great parents that instilled the importance of saving in my brain. But I also had a different "saving gene" than my three older sisters who tended to and still do spend more than me.

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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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"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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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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Get angel and VC interest in your medical device startup
7/22/2013
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A Look Back at Innovation Daily
Mark Marich
7/22/2013
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Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week.

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Angels Stay Local with Investments
Mark Marich
7/22/2013
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According to a recent report on angel investing in the United States, more than 8 in 10 angel investments in the last 12 months were completed in the home state of the investor group and company. The Q1 2013 Halo Report—published by the Angel Resource Institute, Silicon Valley Bank and CB Insights—is based on 207 deals totaling $222 million invested.

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KC Entrepreneurs Need Mentors, Not Money
Mark Marich
7/22/2013
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High-growth entrepreneurs in Kansas City have a lot going for them—Google Fiber, the Kansas City Startup Village, 1 Million Cups and access to an array of programs and resources from the Kauffman Labs for Enterprise Creation. Still, more can be done to boost the region’s already dynamic startup scene and help young companies thrive.

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Starting Up the Startup Act
Jonathan Ortmans
7/22/2013
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It has been two years this week since the Kauffman Foundation took extensive research and data analysis around new firm formation, crafted a single document, and labeled it “The Startup Act.” Renaming the conversation that PDE had started earlier around how policymakers can make it easier for startups to emerge, create jobs and grow, was very effective in getting policymakers in Washington to take a look at entrepreneurship through the lens of helping new and young firms. But how far has America come in getting something done on their behalf?

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