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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
A Little Jazz + A Little Networking = Big Things in Pittsburgh

Every Thursday evening in downtown Pittsburgh, something special happens at Little E's Jazz and Blues Club. During happy hour each week, entrepreneurs get together to tap into what's hot in the Pittsburgh start-up arena. Over drinks and cool jazz, they have the opportunity to interact and create relationships with potential financiers, university incubators, economic development thought leaders and other business stars.

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Annette Beck
on March 17, 2014
How Co-Working Spaces Lost Their Buzz

There's been a growing resurgence of working areas of long tables with copious amounts of white boards. They call them co-working spaces. Since the coining of the phrase in early 2000s, they've grown into warehouse size places with cubical conference rooms and modern furniture, becoming a hip thing for entrepreneurial ecosystems and startups across the globe. But recently, I've come to a realization: Co-working spaces are lame.

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Amanda Schnieders
on February 06, 2014
The Ebb and Flow of Entrepreneurship

The Kauffman Foundation has released its “Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity” for 2011. The numbers reveal a decline in the rate of new business creation in 2011 as compared to 2010, but don't be too quick to judge.

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Thom Ruhe
on March 27, 2012
How a City Created Its Entrepreneurial Advantage

Last week Jonathan Ortmans traveled to our neighbor to the North and toured one of Canada’s best cities for startups. In his latest blog he talks about what makes Waterloo so entrepreneurial and how it got there.

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Thom Ruhe
on March 7, 2012
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