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Khan Academy Launches Entrepreneurship Series
Wendy Torrance
9/25/2013
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Our founder, Ewing Marion Kauffman, once said: "It's your right to be uncommon if you can. You seek opportunity to compete. You desire to take calculated risk, to dream, to build, yes, even to fail, and to succeed". He was talking to entrepreneurs: those people who create new ventures, building visions into reality. Indeed, entrepreneurs are uncommon in many ways. They create something from nothing. They see problems (and solutions) that others might not. They take personal and financial risks.

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Lean Entrepreneur: How I Built My Startup in 48 Hours
Jennifer Kearns
8/23/2013
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As Kauffman Labs helps grow and educate the entrepreneurial community through programs, events and workshops, we came across an aspiring gentleman with an idea. Nodir Abdullayev (Bek) has just recently found out about the entrepreneurial community in Kansas City and has made strides to become engaged since finding his first event through Kauffman Labs. Learn how Bek's first experience made him go from an aspiring entrepreneur to lean entrepreneur.

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Lessons From Failure: Borrowing Tools From Your Neighbors
Diana Kander
8/12/2013
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Adam Berk had a vision of creating an online library where neighbors could borrow tools and electronics from one another. Why buy a fancy camera you only needed to use once for a big trip? Why invest the money in physical tools for a home remodeling project if you are never going to need them again? Adam and his best friend Dave spent 5 years creating this utopian community, neighborrow, powered by a new form of currency. Their business model was to eventually white label the product and sell it to large apartment buildings and others who wanted to facilitate a borrowing community. But they never achieved their vision. 

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Liberty, Security, Responsibility
McGeoy Michele
4/23/2001
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After selling her first company, a newly wealthy software entrepreneur felt that writing checks to charity wasn't enough. So, she set up a nonprofit that runs a business employing disadvantaged young people. Then she joined an organization advocating economic fairness in society. Now she's providing for her daughter's education and learning about investment strategies.

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Making Cakes to Hire People
Walls Julius
12/1/2004
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Julius Walls has the priviledge of leading a company that exists to give back.

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Making Work/Life Balance Work in Your Entrepreneurial Company
Hawkins BJ PhD
12/8/2003
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How do you know when it's time for life after entrepreneurship? Selling the most important asset in your life - the one you've poured heart and soul into - shouldn't be tied to the day Social Security kicks in. It should be a process started three to five years before the final event, as the planning for life after entrepreneurship is equally as important as your first business plan.

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Managing Your Company's Approach to Work and Life Issues
11/1/2005
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As an entrepreneurial company grows and adds layers of management, it can and should consider policies that address work and family issues or risk inconsistency across departments, writes the founder of a human-resources services firm.

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Medical device startups find a resource in Minneapolis incubator
Parmar Arundhati
7/18/2011
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Medical device startups can benefit from the services offered at the Sister Kenny Research Center in Minneapolis in their quest to commercialize products. Read more to find out what the research center has to offer.

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Mentoring Is for Entrepreneurs, Too
Helzberg Barnett Jr
8/1/1997
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Entrepreneurs should cultivate relationships with outsiders who can offer support and advice, even though "mentoring," as it's often called, is typically considered an instrument of corporate career-building. In this insightful article by an entrepreneur who founded a non-profit organization to pair owners of young companies with seasoned business owners, the author advises entrepreneurs to seek help from peers as well as superiors and from several outsiders rather than a single guru.

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Mentoring Secrets for Women
Farris Denise
10/1/2002
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A helping hand from a beloved family member gave this author a gift more precious than a paycheck: the time and attention she needed to rebuild her career -- and her belief in herself.

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