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Episode 1 Crowdfunding, Google Fiber & Inc. 500 Companies


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Speaker(s):  Thom Ruhe View Full Transcript

This week, Top of Mind with Thom Ruhe focuses on the increasing availability of crowdfunding — Web-based fundraising, in which people put money into business ideas, disaster relief programs, and other types of campaigns they see worthy. Thom gives the lowdown on Google Fiber, and unveils Google's plans to roll out the service. He also looks at the issue of scalability of retail enterprises, the tech world and the real world. Finally, Top of Mind looks at data from the last 30 years of Inc 500 companies: What city has produced the most fast-growing businesses, and which of those cities is able to retain the most entrepreneurs after college?

Episode References:

"Everything you ever wanted to know about Kickstarter funding stats"(Venture Beat)

"Crowdfunding Platforms: Watsi Allows Donors To Pay For Medical Treatments Abroad" (Huffington Post)

"Google Fiber construction schedule" (

"What’s a $4,000 Suit Worth?" (NYT)

"Fitiquette: Online Clothing Measurement Never Looked So Good" (TechCrunch)

"Inc 500 company data" (Kauffman Foundation research)

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