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Thom Ruhe

Investing In College—Is It Worth It/$50K A Year?

The once easy choice for many of going from high school to some form of accredited higher education is becoming less of a forgone conclusion simply because of the economics and by the entrance of for-profit schools of varying types; including alternative options to college altogether like the UnCollege movement and the Thiel Fellowship program. The entrance of these new players (entrepreneurs) will impact some traditional sources of higher education and certainly challenge our obedient consumer consensus that a ‘traditional’ education will best serve my progeny.

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Posted by: Thom Ruhe
on November 28, 2012
Over the Top

My airplane insomnia meant I was awake for a breathtaking view of the North Pole while on a return trip from Dubai. I had attended the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Fostering Entrepreneurship, which hosts working groups as they that postulate and catalyze priorities for the annual Davos Conference in January.

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Posted by: Thom Ruhe
on November 26, 2012
GEW Videos of the Day Canada and Malaysia

The videos for today feature Canada and Malaysia.

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Posted by: Thom Ruhe
on November 16, 2012
GEW Videos of the Day South Africa, Brazil, France, Germany

The videos for today feature ads from South Africa and Brazil and then a look back on GEW France and Germany.

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Posted by: Thom Ruhe
on November 15, 2012
Rants from the Road

I had my reservations about starting the Top of Mind video channel—mainly because there are a lot of good sources for observations and opinions on the increasingly popular topic of entrepreneurship. But we have proceeded with this effort because one of the rare privileges I have, by virtue of my position and the work we do at the foundation, is being granted access to events and thinking that are not common to many.

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Posted by: Thom Ruhe
on November 14, 2012
GEW Videos of the Day Venezuela and UK

The videos for today feature Venezuela and the UK.

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Posted by: Thom Ruhe
on November 13, 2012
Global Entrepreneurship Week 2012 Instagram Feed

See some of the great images from around the world in this feed of Instagram photos from the 2012 Global Entrepreneurship Week.

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Posted by: Thom Ruhe
on November 13, 2012
Top of My Entrepreneurial Mind

Today, the Kauffman Foundation launched a weekly (for all intents and purposes) video channel called “Top of Mind.” It’s nothing fancy; no post-production special effects, no camera wizardry. It’s just me, my iPad, and my thoughts on a host of topics that are impacting the world of entrepreneurship.

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Posted by: Thom Ruhe
on October 30, 2012
The Foundation of Any Startup Community

Founder-turned-venture capitalist Brad Feld has some spot-on ideas about what it takes to build a community rich in startup activity. He outlines those four major characteristics in his new book, Startup Communities; they’re also the subject of a recent Kauffman Foundation animated sketchbook video.

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Posted by: Thom Ruhe
on October 19, 2012
Startup Jobs Dropping

A recently released briefing paper by the Hudson Institute shows job creation from new firms at an all-time low. “The Collapse of Startups in Job Creation” paints a bleak picture where the number of new firms being created today is even smaller than two years ago when the worst of the recession ended.

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Posted by: Thom Ruhe
on October 8, 2012

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