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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
Top of Mind's 5 Must-Read Articles in Entrepreneurship

How are company names chosen? The initial impression of a company is its name because that is how any conversation about the venture is started. Therefore, how do you get the name right? Oftentimes there's a story rooted somewhere in the company's history that explains how the business ended being called what it is. And I can imagine, if its importance was taken into consideration, choosing that name was a daunting task.

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Taylor Brown
on June 10, 2014
Graduates, Where To Next?

This edition of Top of Mind, I offered my own version of a high school commencement speech. Using the experience honed raising my own three children, I want to help provide guidance for students debating the path to their future, which may include college, and sometimes not.

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Thom Ruhe
on June 09, 2014
Top of Mind's 5 Must-Read Articles in Entrepreneurship

The media seems to be a buzz with the nation's small business decline. From the increase in the number of startups failing, to the decrease in the number being started, this trend--not the reason for it, much to my disappointment--is being spun across the nation's news outlets. Entrepreneurship certainly ebbs and flows and while policymakers and entrepreneurial ecosystem members (hopefully) figure out what's causing the current ebb, I am encouraged to see another source stepping up to increase a form of entreprenruship: intrapreneurship.

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Thom Ruhe
on June 04, 2014
Top of Mind's 5 Must-Read Articles in Entrepreneurship

Angel funding hit the news last week in a big way with the Angel Capital Association launching its "Protect Angel Funding" campaign. This professional and trade association supports the success of angel investors in high-growth, early-stage companies. It launched the campaign in an effort to keep startups from losing this source of funding if the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) increases the financial qualifications for accredited investors.

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Thom Ruhe
on May 30, 2014
Craft Distillery Proves Startups Can Be a Family Affair

The smell is potent. It's apparent as soon as you walk in. The tinge of distilled mash is unavoidable, and a pleasant reminder that this building is more than just a beautiful space that people now host weddings and events in. It's also a startup. A startup craft distillery, that is.

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Amanda Schnieders
on May 22, 2014
Top of Mind's 5 Must-Read Articles in Entrepreneurship

Being an entrepreneur can be quite an adventure. It comes with a host of ups and downs and surely, this risk (and reward)-filled path is not for everyone. But for most who have built their entrepreneurial dream, they would never trade it for a job--not for a million bucks.

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Thom Ruhe
on May 14, 2014
Top of Mind's 5 Must-Read Articles in Entrepreneurship

Every year I wait for the lists. Those that list the most innovative things to happen this past year. MIT Technology Review's list is one of these. The 10 greatest breakthroughs and innovations in technology. It takes a deep dive into each of the 10 technologies. This year it was things like brain mapping and agricultural drones.

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Thom Ruhe
on May 02, 2014

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