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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
Increasing Popularity in Angel Funding Gets Help From New Educational Platform

It might not hit the national news like big venture capital deals or trendy crowdfunding, but good old fashioned angel investing is on the rise. These individual investors, who usually invest before a company is VC-ready, fund more than 67,000 startups every year and in 2012, their startup contributions reached nearly $23 billion. That amount represents a 36 percent increase compared to 2008.

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Taylor Brown
on September 11, 2014
Women Outpace Men in Raising Money Online

The stats on women in entrepreneurship can be depressing. The Kauffman Foundation has done a lot of research on this topic. But simply put, women aren't starting many high tech companies and they aren't raising much venture capital. A recent Chicago Tribune article reiterated all this, despite any "lip service" to the contrary.

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Taylor Brown
on August 29, 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
Enactus Students Use Entrepreneurship to Tackle Increasing Homelessness

They're passionate, creative and filled with the entrepreneurial spirit. Who am I referring to? Students from Texas State University and the 2014 Enactus United States champions! This Texas State team will represent the United States and compete against 35 teams representing their respective countries in the 2014 Enactus World Cup this fall in Beijing, China.

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Prentiss Earl III
on July 21, 2014
The Give-Get City

It's more than just the Rocky Mountains that make Denver special. A city comprised of "transplants," over the past two decades Denver has developed a robust ecosystem that beckons entrepreneurs. It's a community where people in the startup community help each other, sharing tips as well as horror stories; a place that fosters entrepreneurial thinking.

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Annette Beck
on July 11, 2014
4 Ways to Ramp Up Social Media

In this day and age, you have hundreds of marketing tactics at your disposal. The bad thing is, you have hundreds of marketing tactics at your disposal.

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Amanda Schnieders
on June 12, 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
How an Entrepreneur in the Governor's Seat has Benefited Colorado

What makes a great politician? There are likely as many answers to that question as there are perhaps people.

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Annette Beck
on June 04, 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

Twitter Updates

  • How Apple Stopped Listening to Its Customers... and tried to make us like U2 http://t.co/qBNwy0dv3Z @ErikSherman via @Inc
  • “It's new & young companies that create most jobs & innovations, not necessarily small companies" @danestangler http://t.co/kqWmVyxg7A
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  • Educate yourself on the ins and outs of taking equity in early-stage companies http://t.co/MrxXFpYdsx #investorIQ
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