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Lesa Mitchell

The Sowing of a Startup Community

All it takes for a startup community to take root and thrive are the right seeds and soil. I recently saw this first hand in a seemingly off-the-beaten-path city – Telluride, Colo.

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Posted by: Lesa Mitchell
on July 31, 2013
Female Founder Makes a Notable Splash at TechCrunch Disrupt

A powerhouse female scientist just launched a company at TechCrunch Disrupt, the big tech conference in New York that showcases hot new startups. I’m told she’s the first female founder to startup at this event, but I haven’t confirmed that.

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Posted by: Lesa Mitchell
on May 01, 2013
Think you have a great idea for a new co? Then go find talent to join you.

There is a myth out there about the sole entrepreneur who has the idea, starts the company and gets rich.  While there might be cases where this does happen – more frequently there is a team...

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Posted by: Lesa Mitchell
on May 23, 2011
Our energy future requires commercialization education and mentors

Yesterday the Kauffman Foundation co-hosted the Southwest Energy Summit with both ASU (host location) and the leadership team of ARPA E. We had wonderful participation from industry leaders, experienced energy VC's and university academics...

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Posted by: Lesa Mitchell
on October 20, 2010
Turning Makers Into Entrepreneurs

The 31st of July the Henry Ford Museum supported by sponsors like the Kauffman Foundation, Ford Motors Co and New Economy Initiative launched the first of what we hope is an annual Maker Faire event in Detroit. Twenty-five thousand people showed up to check out the makers who came out of their garages to share their wares at the Henry Ford Museum grounds. So why is this so special?

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Posted by: Lesa Mitchell
on August 11, 2010
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  • @WarbyParker co-founders wanted their company to be disruptive and challenge convention. Job well done. http://t.co/mm9jtWMLY3 @KauffmanFDN
  • To our new friends in Colorado Springs - thanks for these memories! http://t.co/hF42Prmmbx @PrentissEarl03 @NTOTelegraph @jasonlcampbell
  • We've come a long way in just two years. 1 Million Cups: http://t.co/h3ZRN01XlE @kauffmanfdn
  • @APPLEOFFIClAL What is the point of 'Ready to Play in X minutes' when it bounces up and down and up again!? #meaningless #AppleTV
  • @InnovateCOS Many thanks for a week packed w/ great activities ... that will lead to great things. @KauffmanFDN @elientrepreneur @breelngm

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