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A Bridge Over the Valley of Death

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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Posted by: Thom Ruhe
on February 10, 2012
Super Sunday Can Inspire Super Startups

As millions of Americans tune in to watch Super Bowl 46 and the most-anticipated commercials of the year, I hope a certain 30-second spot catches some eyes.

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Posted by: Thom Ruhe
on January 31, 2012
Kauffman Scholar Debuts Blog on Wired.com

Social Dimension, a new blog on Wired.com written by Kauffman Foundation Senior Scholar Samuel Arbesman, explores the mathematics behind understanding society and civilization.

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Posted by: Thom Ruhe
on January 5, 2012
Making a List

As the year winds down, thoughts naturally reflect on the year's accomplishments, challenges, regrets and hopes that we carry into the new year. As an entrepreneur, I have found it an excellent time to take stock and make an inventory of the resources and assets that I have come to rely upon and expect to continue to value in the future. With that in mind, I wanted to share my year-end inventory of programs, resources, and organizations that are serving the interests of entrepreneurs.

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Posted by: Thom Ruhe
on December 16, 2011
Introducing the Bipartisan Startup Act

U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kansas) and Mark Warner (D-Virginia) introduced bipartisan legislation yesterday to jumpstart the economy by creating and growing new companies—and they backed it up with Kauffman data.

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Posted by: Thom Ruhe
on December 9, 2011
New in the Sketchbook Series: Money Game

Thinking about starting a business? Think you need a lot of money or that you need to know venture capitalists to fund your dream? Think again.

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Posted by: Thom Ruhe
on December 2, 2011
A World United by Entrepreneurship

For one week the world unites, across borders and languages, to celebrate entrepreneurs and innovators...to celebrate the world’s job creators.

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Posted by: Thom Ruhe
on November 14, 2011
Latest Policy Blog: Bills Passed House Offering More Money

On Monday, Mark Marich wrote a blog about two pieces of legislation that passed through the House. Both would affect the nation's entrepreneurs and one addresses the new crowdfunding trend.

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Posted by: Thom Ruhe
on November 09, 2011
A Captivating Slideshow for Entrepreneurs

This captivating and motivating slideshow captures the every individual's "Dear Future Entrepreneur" message.

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Posted by: Thom Ruhe
on October 09, 2011
Global Scholars to Include U.S. Applicants
The Kauffman Foundation is expanding its successful Global Scholars Program to include up to ten recent graduates from U.S. colleges and universities who will join other scholars from around the world. Applications can be submitted at www.kauffman.org, and must be completed by Oct. 17, 2011. [More]
Posted by: Cameron Cushman
on October 04, 2011

Twitter Updates

  • Public Venture Funds -- and other tactics to avoid in "A Quick Guide to Smart Entrepreneurship Policymaking" http://t.co/wl3xSP0DHV
  • Why Startups Need a Narrow Focus to Successfully Scale http://t.co/TDhOZVXtJu via @eMedCommunity
  • Reinvent Incubators -- and other tips in "A Quick Guide to Smart Entrepreneurship Policymaking" http://t.co/z5AgoprXvA by @MarkMarich
  • @pkennedy5 We don't know of one as of now (although sounds like a great idea). Might check out http://t.co/dSLdQTuCGJ as a resource.
  • New Policy Digest says traditional approach of investments/incubators is ineffective in promoting entrepreneurship http://t.co/JHIjzPsO0K