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Is There Only One Formula For Founding Team Success?

Building the right founding team is essential to a startup's success. Founder clashes can destroy young companies and mismatched key players can cloud a startup's direction and stall its growth. So you know you need to hire people you mesh with, especially given the long hours you'll all be putting in during the company's early days. But the first question you need to ask yourself is, "What roles are you trying to put those people you work well with into?"

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Taylor Brown
on October 31, 2014
Who Will Save the Economy? Scale-Ups or Startups

Last week, the Washington Post article, "More businesses are closing than starting. Can Congress help turn that around?" grabbed my attention. My response was whether or not all the startup support power laid in the hands of our nation's policy makers.

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Taylor Brown
on October 08, 2014
What's More Important to an Investor? The Company or The Founder

You've probably heard the age-old startup investing debate that pits the horse against the jockey. Basically, when VCs and angel investors evaluate a young company's potential, do they place more weight on the horse (the company) or the jockey (its founder)?

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Taylor Brown
on September 18, 2014
Naps in the Workplace: Productivty or Slacking Off

Progressive work atmospheres are getting a lot of attention lately. From Daniel Pink's video on Founders School where he talks about motivating with autonomy, to the summertime buzz about the importance of extended vacations, it's on everyone's mind. Next subject: naps.

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Taylor Brown
on September 05, 2014
Top of Mind's 5 Must-Read Articles in Entrepreneurship

At the Kauffman Foundation, we know that senior entrepreneurship is booming. In his testimony before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging and the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Kauffman Foundation Vice President of Research and Policy Dane Strangler filled the senate committee members in on this little known fact, stating that entrepreneurship is not exclusive to the young and hip.

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Taylor Brown
on August 21, 2014
Top of Mind's 5 Must-Read Articles in Entrepreneurship

Technology of the future is unbounded. With the rise of the third technology revolution--the fusion of computing, communication and sensing--it seems anything's possible. Basically, if it can fit into a sensor, the applications are endless. And the range of technology emerging from the explosion of sensor development is vast.

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Taylor Brown
on August 15, 2014
Top of Minds 5 Must Read Articles in Entrepreneurship

It looks like Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies is out to buy the next big thing in consumer health and wellness. Late last month, the $300 billion company announced its plans to partner with CircleUp, an equity-based crowdfunding platform. The news was all over the national entrepreneurship-focused media outlets. An article on Entrepreneur.com explained that the behemoth business made this move to get early access to the pipeline of emerging innovations in its market. Then it can acquire and add these products to its own product line.

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Taylor Brown
on August 08, 2014
Top of Mind's 5 Must-Read Articles in Entrepreneurship

Just a couple months ago, I'll bet 95 percent of the U.S. population hadn't even heard of the Internet of Things. All that's changed as the Internet of Things (IoT) becomes the next high-tech household term. If it hasn't yet entered your household, I found the best (and least jargon-y)definition from Cisco: It's "the network of physical objects accessed through the Internet, as defined by technology analysts and visionaries. These objects contain embedded technology to interact with internal states or the external environment. In other words, when objects can sense and communicate, it changes how and where decisions are made, and who makes them."

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Taylor Brown
on July 30, 2014
Top of Mind's 5 Must-Read Articles in Entrepreneurship

The importance of vacations is well documented. Studies show that some quality leisure time is a definite stress buffer . . . not to mention a depression and anxiety reducer, a positive mood increaser, and a self-esteem improver. And those mental health benefits yield some physical benefits as well, since chronic stress can take its toll on the body's ability to resist infections and maintain vital functions. In fact, studies show that annual holidays cut the risk of heart attacks in men by 30 percent and by 50 percent in women. That's one powerful vacation.

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Taylor Brown
on July 25, 2014
Quilt Company Stitches Hometown Back Together

For a startup that now employs more than 100 people, has thousands of YouTube followers and is changing the face of Main Street in their hometown, its beginning was pretty unassuming.

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Thom Ruhe
on June 11, 2014

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