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Entries by Steve Mariotti from 08/2013

The Fate of the Helmet: When a Brain Injury Lasts a Lifetime

| Posted 08.01.2013 | New York

Citibike represents, in theory, a wonderful effort and one that will bring efficient means of exercise and transport to many New Yorkers. What's a shame, though, is that the bicycles come without helmets.

An Entrepreneur in Flint, Michigan: Lessons from the Life of Billy Durant

| Posted 08.04.2013 | Detroit

I used to carry a picture of Billy Durant, a man I never met, in my wallet for years. Looking at the image, I recalled the courage of this great entrepreneur and the guts it took for him to be innovative and build one of the most important automobile empires in world history.

Learning From Luigi Difonzo, the Master of Screenplay Dialogue at Harvard

| Posted 08.05.2013 | Books
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To study with him in his screenwriting class was the reason I went to Harvard in the summer of '86. Luigi DiFonzo was a towering hulk of a man, as big as a prize fighter.

An Interview With a Leading Social Entrepreneur and My Friend, Poonam Ahuwalia

| Posted 08.06.2013 | Impact

For years, I have been lucky enough to learn from my friend who is at the forefront of the social entrepreneurship movement. Poonam Ahluwalia is the Executive Director of YouthTrade and the YES Campaign. The following is an interview with Poonam.

Meeting Diana Ross -- An Artist Entrepreneur

| Posted 08.07.2013 | Entertainment

In the late '50s, Berry Gordy founded Motown Records and discovered Diana Ross, the lead singer for The Supremes. Little did I know, that 30 years later after she had sold millions of her albums, this legendary artist would reinvent herself and become a very successful entrepreneur.

The NYSE Helps to 'Combat' the US Veteran Unemployment Rate: An Interview With Ashley Parker-Roman

| Posted 08.09.2013 | Impact

Through 2012, the unemployment rate for former service members who are veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars -- about 2.6 million men and women -- was 9.9 percent. i=It means a great deal to help those who have served our country with a smooth transition back into civilian life.

Driving For Profit: A Profile of an Entrepreneur With a Car Service -- Angela Tebon

| Posted 08.12.2013 | Small Business

The beauty of entrepreneurship is that it allows the passionate individual to both build a career based on doing what he or she loves and, simultaneously, support complementary passions. Angela Tebon perfectly exhibits such a passion and it shows in everything she does.

The Entrepreneur and the Roman Bookstore

| Posted 08.13.2013 | Small Business
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As I turned onto Via del Moro, I found it: The wonderful English bookstore I had come in search of, the Almost Corner Bookshop. I was looking for a history of the city and, as I browsed, started getting to know the store's 35-year-old owner, Edoardo Shina.

Going Home: The NFTE Business Camp in Newark

| Posted 08.14.2013 | New York

It was like going home again when on Friday, August 9, I went to Newark, New Jersey, to visit the NFTE program at Rutgers University. My mind full of memories of some of our first entrepreneurship programs taught at this very site, I walked into this legendary school.

How Giving Back Can Heal -- The Story of One Entrepreneur: Kevin M. Burke, Founder/Owner of Centuria

| Posted 08.16.2013 | Impact

Kevin Burke has gone into several classrooms in the D.C. area to tell at-risk kids his story. In the process of doing so, he's uncovered a gem: helping kids like himself heals his soul.

A Community Finds a New Way: Crown Heights and the Entrepreneurial Spirit

| Posted 08.19.2013 | New York

Crown Heights Young Entrepreneurship Program provides resources and, most importantly, a place for young businesspeople and entrepreneurs to meet. Rabbi Werde's vision is that every young person in his community will have the resources necessary to pursue business aspirations.

The Mob Museum: The Connection Between At-Risk Youth and Organized Crime

| Posted 08.20.2013 | Crime

The voices that I was most fascinated by were those at-risk youth who would become the muscle of the mob -- not unlike the at-risk teenagers who are sucked up by the drug industry.

The Economic Philosopher's Outcast: Mises

| Posted 08.21.2013 | Business

Mises witnessed firsthand rampant government spending, overwhelming debt, and inflation in both Germany and Austria. The results of similar economic policies are threatening major urban centers around our country.

One Entrepreneur's Journey From Prison to the Art World: Catherine Rohr's DEFY Program and Lädy Millard

| Posted 08.26.2013 | Arts

Lädy Millard started painting at a young age. She attended the High School of Art and Design, and went on to graduate from FIT, which helped her get a job in the highly competitive fashion industry. But after the tragedy of 9/11, she felt called upon to do something different.

An Entrepreneurial Insight Into Language Education: Lessons From Sarah Farzam

| Posted 08.27.2013 | Business

Sarah first got the idea for Bilingual Birdies while hanging out with her two nieces in a West Village park. She was struck by the number of mothers, babies and nannies speaking a variety of languages around her.

Imani Drayton Wins NFTE Newark's Summer BizCamp Competition

| Posted 08.28.2013 | New York

On August 16th at Rutgers' Newark campus, the newest cohort of NFTE students presented their business plans from the last two weeks of BizCamp, an accelerated program to teach students the fundamentals of business.

The NFTE Startup Summer Program Integrates the Lean Startup Methodology Into Its Curriculum

| Posted 08.30.2013 | New York

NFTE's Startup Summer is an elite program developed by the New York-Metro team with the purpose of getting actual businesses started by NFTE graduates. Two young Startup Summer entrepreneurs talked to me about their experiences so far.