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Global Scholars Graduate

What do financial planning, synthetic crude oil, and campaign building have in common? They’re the focus of three entrepreneurs who have recently graduated from the Kauffman Global Scholars Program.

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Thom Ruhe
on June 18, 2013
An Educated Choice
As high school graduates across the country grappled with post secondary education options, I acknowledge some truths in the decision making process--thoughts that helped my son make the best choice for him. Here are my commencement speech-like thoughts...applicable to any high school graduate, and especially those toying with the idea of entrepreneurship as a career path. [More]
Thom Ruhe
on June 10, 2013
A Stroll through Startup Village
A lone startup that had set up shop in a house on a nondescript 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. [More]
Thom Ruhe
on May 20, 2013
Community Is the New Currency
In her book, It Takes a Village: And Other Lessons Children Teach Us, Hillary Clinton famously (or infamously, based upon your politics) advocated for a society that assumes shared responsibility for raising children. I have concluded that there is some value to "the Village," but in an emerging way that may be redefining what we expect from the communities in which we engage. [More]
Thom Ruhe
on May 2, 2013
Female Founder Makes a Notable Splash at TechCrunch Disrupt

A powerhouse female scientist just launched a company at TechCrunch Disrupt, the big tech conference in New York that showcases hot new startups. I’m told she’s the first female founder to startup at this event, but I haven’t confirmed that.

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Lesa Mitchell
on May 01, 2013
Interview with an Iconic Entrepreneur
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. [More]
Thom Ruhe
on April 22, 2013
New ID8 Nation Channel Features Vibrant Entrepreneurial Communities in US

Cities across the United States are looking for lessons on how to build entrepreneurial communities to help fuel their economies. ID8 Nation, a multimedia channel launching today on the Kauffman Foundation website, entrepreneurship.org, explores cities' entrepreneurial ecosystems to provide insights on what grows in them and why. The first city profiled is Pittsburgh.

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Thom Ruhe
on April 18, 2013
A Take on Why It's Time for Startup Africa

Kauffman Foundation Senior Fellow and Policy Dialogue blogger Jonathan Ortmans shares his insight into why Africa's emerging startup scene is living up to the hype.

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Thom Ruhe
on April 11, 2013
Just a Cup of Joe?

Some of my entrepreneurially-interested coworkers at the Kauffman Foundation have an interesting article on Huffington Post right now. It dissects the organic growth of 1 Million Cups (1MC) in support of a new finding: that word of mouth networking helps build early-stage startup communities better than social media.

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Thom Ruhe
on April 2, 2013
Entrepreneurship Heats up in Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil was the host city to the 2013 Global Entrepreneurship Congress. Over 1,000 people from 144 countries shared a hot and humid week fueled by the overwhelming passion to promote entrepreneurship globally.

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Thom Ruhe
on March 26, 2013

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