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'I Went to See the VC and All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt'

Victoria Silchenko | Posted 10.28.2012 | Home
Victoria Silchenko

Before you starting to talk to a VC, make sure you know what the rules of the game are.

Paying It Forward: America's Corporations & Next Generation Startups

Derek Holt | Posted 08.09.2012 | Home
Derek Holt

These visionaries not only created amazing companies and thousands of jobs, but helped improve life for people all over the world. They didn't stop there. They, like founders before them, made paying it forward to the next generation of startups a primary focus.

The Trouble With Teaching Entrepreneurship -- And Why We Need To Get Better At It

Young Entrepreneur Council | Posted 08.07.2012 | Home
Young Entrepreneur Council

But to the extent that current curricula address the subject, it tends to be done through textbooks, and teachers aren't expected to bring real entrepreneurial experiences into the curriculum. (Most couldn't do it anyway -- but I'll get to that below.) So why not change the curriculum?

Women-Owned Firms Struggle To Grow (INFOGRAPHIC)

The Huffington Post | Nate C. Hindman | Posted 07.17.2012 | Home

"Steady growth but a lack of progress" is how a team of researchers commissioned by American Express has described the state of women-owned businesses...

Harder For Women To Start Businesses Than Men, New Book Says

The Huffington Post | Drew Guarini | Posted 07.03.2012 | Home

Starting a business can be a complex and difficult process for anyone, but it may be even harder for women. A book and accompanying video recently ...

Small Businesses Remain Optimistic But Aren't Hiring

The Huffington Post | Nate C. Hindman | Posted 06.01.2012 | Home

Small businesses remained optimistic in May, but few had plans to hire more workers, according to a poll released Thursday by online payroll services ...

The Path to Sustainable Economic Growth

Job Creators Network | Posted 07.10.2012 | Home
Job Creators Network

While the year started with some hopeful employment numbers, job creation is trending in the wrong direction.

What Are The Best And Worst States For Small Businesses?

The Huffington Post | Alicia Ciccone | Posted 05.08.2012 | Home

In case you were wondering, yes, there is an ideal place to start your small business. According to a new survey from the Kauffman Foundation and Thum...

Closing the Leadership Gap

Geri Stengel | Posted 06.16.2012 | Home
Geri Stengel

Changes now, in attitudes, awareness and culture could end the stagnation of small women-led businesses and make them into the economic drivers we need.

Flyover Country? Not This Kansas City

Jason Grill | Posted 06.10.2012 | Home
Jason Grill

The City of Fountains has been praised as a great place to live, work and visit for many years, but recently it is becoming a hot bed for entrepreneurial investment, high culture and the innovations of the future.

Redesign Business for a Robust Economic Future

Geri Stengel | Posted 05.27.2012 | Home
Geri Stengel

Nice girls do fire people. If they don't do what's needed, they aren't helping the business or the employee. Being tough or, as it's called when men do it, assertive and strong, is good business if done right.

Optimism Should Be at the Top of an Entrepreneur's Checklist

Alana Muller | Posted 04.22.2012 | Home
Alana Muller

Above all, great entrepreneurs are optimistic. Their passion, their belief, their can-do attitude all lead to a positive vision for the future. In fact, you might wonder, what is better than an optimistic entrepreneur? The answer: Many optimistic entrepreneurs!

Peer-To-Peer Job Sites Inspire Micro-Entrepreneurs

Reuters | Posted 02.09.2012 | Home

(Reuters - By Darren Dahl) - Chris Mok, like many Americans over the past few years, lost his job in the wake of the Great Recession. While Wok, 46...

Kauffman Targets Entrepreneurs During Super Bowl

The Huffington Post | Alicia Ciccone | Posted 01.31.2012 | Home

Move over, E-Trade baby and Go Daddy girls. There's a new Super Bowl ad in town, and it's the first of its kind. The Kauffman Foundation, a privat...

Top Advocate For Entrepreneurs Resigns

The Huffington Post | Nate C. Hindman | Posted 01.03.2012 | Home

Carl Schramm, the president and CEO of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, a leading entrepreneurship advocacy group, is stepping down. Schramm, ...

Top 6 Reasons Obama's Economic Policies Failed in 2011

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 02.29.2012 | Home
Lloyd Chapman

Judging by his actions, it seems that Barack Obama is becoming one of the most anti-small business presidents in U.S. history. People need to stop listening to what he says and start watching what he does.

Global Entrepreneurship Week: A Smarter World By Startups

Jonathan Ortmans | Posted 01.14.2012 | Home
Jonathan Ortmans

What Global Entrepreneurship Week is showing us is that nascent entrepreneurs are already wired to think across borders and increasingly have more in common with each other than their own cultural elders.

The Apple DeathStar: How The Rise Of Apple Has Created A Bull Market In Declining Companies

Paul Kedrosky | Posted 12.31.2011 | Home
Paul Kedrosky

Apple has created a kind of interplanetary weapon that has the capacity to quickly raze entire planets -- or at least entire companies. Startups constantly forget this. While it's nice to imagine creating whole new markets, most new markets form by shrinking old ones.

Entrepreneurial Hotbeds: A Homegrown Mix Of Science And Luck

Reuters | Posted 12.19.2011 | Home

(By Deborah L. Cohen) - Nick Cronin moved to Chicago from Milwaukee to stack the entrepreneurial deck in his favor, hoping to leverage the city's impr...

It Takes a Village to Raise a Startup

Nick Seguin | Posted 12.12.2011 | Home
Nick Seguin

The classic top-down approach to job creation is deeply flawed. It's not enough to simply put more people on payroll. For the economic recovery to truly take off, we need companies that are innovative, disruptive and scalable. The most effective action governments can take to support job creation is to create conditions that support individual entrepreneurs.

Entrepreneur-Friendly Policies (Finally) Showing Promise -- But Leadership Required

Jeff Bussgang | Posted 12.03.2011 | Home
Jeff Bussgang

Despite the partisan rhetoric and bickering, the last few months have seen substantial progress amongst policy makers in the areas of helping the startup economy thrive.

U.S. Entrepreneurs Need A 'True Global Mindset'

Ted Zoller | Posted 01.14.2012 | Home
Ted Zoller

For entrepreneurs in the United States, and for all of us who support them, a wake-up call is in order. We need to work harder at learning and practicing the global game than we've done so far.

The Myth of The Million-Dollar Idea

Thom Ruhe | Posted 11.12.2011 | Home
Thom Ruhe

Founders like Brian Scudamore remind us that rather than breakthrough ideas accelerated by loads of venture capital, it is often simple solutions to everyday problems, combined with years of persistence and business-building, that lead to entrepreneurial success stories.

An Entrepreneurial Way to Rebuild America

Robert E. Litan | Posted 11.12.2011 | Home
Robert E. Litan

America can get the infrastructure it truly needs without adding to the deficit if policy makers would enable the private sector to do the job.

How Entrepreneurs Can Help The Job Market

The Huffington Post | Alicia Ciccone | Posted 11.09.2011 | Home

With the latest Department of Labor statistics revealing no net increase in jobs for the first time in 11 months, the Kauffman Foundation has released...