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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
Border Wars

The first Top of Mind issue for 2013 has gone online and in it, I talk about three topics with the potential to impact (or continue to impact) entrepreneurship in a big way. I want to elaborate on one that has struck a chord with me. It’s an unproductive method of economic development called “border wars.”

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Thom Ruhe
on January 16, 2013
Investing In College—Is It Worth It/$50K A Year?

The once easy choice for many of going from high school to some form of accredited higher education is becoming less of a forgone conclusion simply because of the economics and by the entrance of for-profit schools of varying types; including alternative options to college altogether like the UnCollege movement and the Thiel Fellowship program. The entrance of these new players (entrepreneurs) will impact some traditional sources of higher education and certainly challenge our obedient consumer consensus that a ‘traditional’ education will best serve my progeny.

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Thom Ruhe
on November 28, 2012
Over the Top

My airplane insomnia meant I was awake for a breathtaking view of the North Pole while on a return trip from Dubai. I had attended the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Fostering Entrepreneurship, which hosts working groups as they that postulate and catalyze priorities for the annual Davos Conference in January.

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Thom Ruhe
on November 26, 2012
GEW Videos of the Day Canada and Malaysia

The videos for today feature Canada and Malaysia.

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Thom Ruhe
on November 16, 2012
GEW Videos of the Day South Africa, Brazil, France, Germany

The videos for today feature ads from South Africa and Brazil and then a look back on GEW France and Germany.

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Thom Ruhe
on November 15, 2012
Rants from the Road

I had my reservations about starting the Top of Mind video channel—mainly because there are a lot of good sources for observations and opinions on the increasingly popular topic of entrepreneurship. But we have proceeded with this effort because one of the rare privileges I have, by virtue of my position and the work we do at the foundation, is being granted access to events and thinking that are not common to many.

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Thom Ruhe
on November 14, 2012

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