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'Sales is Like Oxygen,' and So is Education

During my years at the Kauffman Foundation I have seen firsthand the effect that education can have on the development of entrepreneurs and their companies. The entrepreneurs with whom I have worked have taken the lessons they have learned and applied them to great effect in their endeavors as founders. These entrepreneurs benefited from opportunities to learn critical skills, and from gaining an understanding of crucial decisions or junctures that often can derail entrepreneurial businesses.

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Wendy Torrance
on November 04, 2013
Ice House: Facilitator Explains Reason For Choosing Program

Last week, we hosted Ice House Facilitator Training here at the Foundation. We had people come from across the country and the international community to be trained in how to facilitate an entrepreneurial mindset to members of their community. I had the chance to sit down with one of the facilitators, Rob Elwood, and learn about his reason for coming to this training, and how he sees it benefiting his community in Annapolis, Md.

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Prentiss Earl III
on November 01, 2013
Seattle: Not the Next Silicon Valley and Proud of It

While exploring Seattle's startup scene for the sake of our most recent ID8 Nation, I quickly discovered that the Emerald City's entrepreneurial ecosystem, which recently has received comparisons to Silicon Valley, is all its own.

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Thom Ruhe
on October 31, 2013
Why Every Startup Should Hire A Millennial

Lately, there's been a lot of talk about these people we call millennials. Namely, the current generation, Generation Y, those "entitled, narcissists who still live with their parents", according to Keith Wagstaff. From complimentary to derisive, countless writers have deemed it their duty to predict exactly what this generation will add or (as most reports warn) detract from our current society. But the truth is, nothing has been said about the "Me, me, me generation" that hasn't been said about every generation before them.

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Amanda Schnieders
on October 30, 2013
Business Model Video Series Assists Startups with Planning

Entrepreneurs often find it challenging to go from idea to a valid business model, which is essential for a business to get off the ground, let alone survive and grow.

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Annette Beck
on October 24, 2013
1MC: Building the Most Dynamic, Diverse Startup Community

Last week marked an important milestone in the development of the 1 Million Cups program. For the last year, each city's weekly 1 Million Cups event has been run by our community organizers, a team of volunteer entrepreneurs. That's right people,VOLUNTEERS! Our community organizers are some of the most talented, creative, genuine, and collaborative entrepreneurs on the planet. In addition to being the thought leaders in grassroots entrepreneurship in their communities, they hold down day jobs working with or running startups. With all that brainpower at our disposal, we knew we had to get all of our community organizers together in Kansas City to plan for the future of 1 Million Cups as it continues to grow.

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Nate Olson
on October 23, 2013
Entrepreneurs, Thought-Leaders Unveil Tips at Inc 500|5000 Conference

You can't leave an INC 500/5000 conference without a list of great concepts and ideas to implement upon your office return. Such was the case as I travel back to Kansas City from a superstar lineup of speakers in Washington D.C. this year. Though the shutdown kept us out of the museums, Inc's lineup kept us in the meeting rooms, listening intently to likes of Jim Collins, Jack Stack, Marc Ecko and Kauffman's own Ted Zoller.

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Annette Beck
on October 21, 2013
Coming Soon To A Community College Near You: A New Mentor For Startups

If you've been paying attention to our work at Kauffman for a while, it should come as no surprise to you that we're committed to making community colleges a front door to entrepreneurship. In particular, we see tremendous potential in these schools to support innovative, high-growth, technology-based startups in their communities, whether their founders are students, researchers, experienced entrepreneurs or full-time professionals preparing to take their first leap into entrepreneurship.

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Jonathan Robinson
on October 17, 2013
When In Rome...

I recently returned from participating in the 2nd Annual Rome Forum of the Harambe Entrepreneurial Alliance, hosted by the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.

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Thom Ruhe
on October 16, 2013
iKC Event Raises Vital Startup Questions

Last Thursday, I joined 400 problem-solvers from around the Midwest at the iKC event at the H&R Block Headquarters. The event was an un-conference, meaning there were no pre-set rules or even an agenda. We came together to choose and vote on several topics of discussion we found interesting, and we then had four breakout sessions throughout the day to meet and discuss the 28 selected topics.

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Nathan Kurtz
on October 09, 2013

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