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Seattle: Not the Next Silicon Valley and Proud of It

While exploring Seattle's startup scene for the sake of our most recent ID8 Nation, I quickly discovered that the Emerald City's entrepreneurial ecosystem, which recently has received comparisons to Silicon Valley, is all its own.

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Posted by: Thom Ruhe
on October 31, 2013
When In Rome...

I recently returned from participating in the 2nd Annual Rome Forum of the Harambe Entrepreneurial Alliance, hosted by the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.

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Posted by: Thom Ruhe
on October 16, 2013
Where the Big Data Comes From

Last month, the Kauffman Foundation announced a grant aimed at curating data on young companies from cities around the world. Our partner in this endeavor is Startup Genome; a free and open platform for collecting, curating and analyzing data about the startups, entrepreneurs, investors and community enablers in a local startup community.

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Posted by: Thom Ruhe
on October 7, 2013
Founders School: 'Just in Time' Lessons for Entrepreneurs

You don't need to spend countless hours in a classroom, or have an MBA to become a successful entrepreneur. Entrepreneurs often don't have the time or patience to sit through a semester long class or six-week course in order to retrieve the answer to a question they have now--today. They need help quickly and efficiently. And this is where our idea for Founders School started.

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Posted by: Thom Ruhe
on October 04, 2013
Straight from the Source

To me, there's no better source for entrepreneurial advice than straight from the entrepreneur. And as an entrepreneur myself, I know there's no one an entrepreneur is more likely to take advice from than a fellow entrepreneur. And herein lies the core value of a new entrepreneurship interview series launched today by the Khan Academy in partnership with the Kauffman Foundation.

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Posted by: Thom Ruhe
on September 26, 2013
Two's (a) Company, Three's a Crowd?

When considering the optimal number of founders for any new entrepreneurial adventure, the calculus extends well beyond simple formulas seemingly supported by observations of startup cohorts within specific industries. Famous technology twosomes that come to mind include David Packard and William Hewlett of Hewlett-Packard, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak of Apple, Paul Allen and Bill Gates of Microsoft, Larry Page and Sergey Brin of Google. In these examples, it is widely observed that these buddy teams complemented each other well in the early formative years of their companies.

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Posted by: Thom Ruhe
on July 30, 2013
The Most Pervasive, Pernicious Offense
I was having a beer with a friend the other night when he mentioned a startup in our community that had recently announced a “pivot” in its business model. He said that it was now pursuing a different “value proposition” in an effort to “monetize its client base.” I nearly showered him with beer while admonishing him for being a bad cliché of Valley speak. [More]
Posted by: Thom Ruhe
on July 11, 2013
My Entrepreneurial Utopia
I was in my element last weekend at the Kansas City Maker Faire. This "Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth” celebrates the things people create and the people who create them. [More]
Posted by: Thom Ruhe
on July 3, 2013
Global Scholars Graduate

What do financial planning, synthetic crude oil, and campaign building have in common? They’re the focus of three entrepreneurs who have recently graduated from the Kauffman Global Scholars Program.

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Posted by: Thom Ruhe
on June 18, 2013
An Educated Choice
As high school graduates across the country grappled with post secondary education options, I acknowledge some truths in the decision making process--thoughts that helped my son make the best choice for him. Here are my commencement speech-like thoughts...applicable to any high school graduate, and especially those toying with the idea of entrepreneurship as a career path. [More]
Posted by: Thom Ruhe
on June 10, 2013

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