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Thom Ruhe

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Top of Mind's 5 Must-Read Articles in Entrepreneurship
Thom Ruhe
3/18/2014
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Venture capital certainly has its place within the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Some of our nation's largest companies (and employers), like Apple, Google and FedEx, have secured this form of funding. But plenty of Kauffman Foundation research tells us that VC funding isn't as mainstream in startups as one would gather based on its common place in startup news. In fact, less than 20 percent of the fastest growing young companies ever take venture capital money.

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How Are Your Children's Summer Camps Affecting Their Career Opportunities
Thom Ruhe
1/17/2014
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As a father of three, I vividly remember those chilly, early-summer mornings of packing bags, loading up the car, and waving a sad goodbye as my children began their latest adventure at the summer camp of choosing. And there were plenty of those mornings over the course of 18 years. There was volleyball camp, and Science Olympiad clinics, and lacrosse camp.

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How Your Children's Summer Camps Are Affecting Their Career Opportunities
Thom Ruhe
1/17/2014
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Summary:

As a father of three, I vividly remember those chilly, early-summer mornings of packing bags, loading up the car, and waving a sad goodbye as my children began their latest adventure at the summer camp of choosing. And there were plenty of those mornings over the course of 18 years. There was volleyball camp, and Science Olympiad clinics, and lacrosse camp.

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Mr. President, A Little More 'E' Please
Thom Ruhe
1/29/2014
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Tuning in for the state of the union (SOTU) address is somewhat of an annual ritual for me. For the past two decades, spanning several presidencies from both parties, I torture myself straining to hear that one word, however challenging it is to say (and spell)--entrepreneur. So I was encouraged when President Obama dropped the "E" bomb early in his 2014 SOTU address, made even more special by the fact that he referenced a woman entrepreneur. And I wasn't alone in my enthusiasm as the twittersphere erupted likewise.

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How Your Children's Summer Camps Affecting Are Their Career Opportunities
Thom Ruhe
1/17/2014
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Summary:

As a father of three, I vividly remember those chilly, early-summer mornings of packing bags, loading up the car, and waving a sad goodbye as my children began their latest adventure at the summer camp of choosing. And there were plenty of those mornings over the course of 18 years. There was volleyball camp, and Science Olympiad clinics, and lacrosse camp.

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Entrepreneurs: 5 Reasons Why You Should Enter the Startup Open Competition
Thom Ruhe
9/10/2012
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Startups around the world are vying for a chance to win Global Entrepreneurship Week’s Startup Open Competition. There are only five days left to submit an application and here are my top five reasons—in no particular order—why every entrepreneur who’s eligible should apply.

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Life Science Entrepreneurs: Apply for the Newest Kauffman Summit
Ruhe Thom
2/29/2012
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For life science startups, the road to commercialization is typically much longer than that of other young companies that aren’t regulated by the FDA. So the Kauffman Foundation is doing something to help entrepreneurs address their challenges and get their innovations to market.

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Life Science Entrepreneurs: Apply for the Newest Kauffman Summit
Ruhe Thom
2/29/2012
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For life science startups, the road to commercialization is typically much longer than that of other young companies that aren’t regulated by the FDA. So the Kauffman Foundation is doing something to help entrepreneurs address their challenges and get their innovations to market.

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A Bridge Over the Valley of Death
Ruhe Thom
2/10/2012
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A new Kauffman Foundation report points to what might be a long-term bridge over the most difficult funding stage for startups—the 'Valley of Death.' In that timeframe, after entrepreneurs have exhausted friends, family, and personal credit and before they're ready for external funding, some startups struggle to raise enough capital to stay alive.

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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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