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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
Workforce Development Redefined

When I say the phrase “workforce development” chances are a certain image is conjured in your mind. Maybe you think of tradesmen positions, like carpenters, electricians, plumbers and masons. Maybe you think vocational training programs offered by community colleges. Regardless of what your mind has been trained to conclude based on that phrase, workforce development has never been more important than it is today. But it’s not enough—on its own or simply as it is.

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Thom Ruhe
on March 18, 2013
The Intoxicating Smell of Entrepreneurship

I recently got to delve into a very appetizing trend emerging in the entrepreneurial space: shared kitchens. While the concept of shared resources isn’t new, taking it into the kitchen for the sake of supporting startups in the food industry is—but the idea is taking off.

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Thom Ruhe
on March 5, 2013
The F-Word in Entrepreneurship

I recently sat down with Diana Kander, a successful entrepreneur and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Kauffman Foundation. Diana has founded and sold multiple enterprises, raising a lot of angel investment in the meantime. But we weren’t getting together to talk about her successes. Instead, we dove into a taboo topic … failure.

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Thom Ruhe
on February 27, 2013
Aiming High

In the entrepreneurship and economic development realms, the word “high-growth” is tossed about loosely, often used to define that rare, illusive, overnight success of a startup. But a recent study by Kauffman has proved that high-growth firms aren’t as hard-pressed to find as we thought … so long as you’re looking in the right places.

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Thom Ruhe
on February 18, 2013

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