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Thom Ruhe
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Thom Ruhe is director of entrepreneurship for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. In addition to managing a joint venture between the Foundation and the office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship within the U.S. Department of Commerce, he likewise oversees collaborative projects between the Foundation and other innovative groups such as Invent Now (parent organization of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Camp Invention and the Collegiate Inventors Competition), the Angel Capital Education Foundation and the Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative. Ruhe also curates the online content/resources and communities for Kauffman’s flagship resource for entrepreneurs: www.entrepreneurship.org.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Ruhe was the founding chief marketing officer for JumpStart, a nonprofit economic development organization and seed stage investment fund created to invest in and accelerate the growth of high-potential, early stage companies in Northeast Ohio.

Before JumpStart, Ruhe served as president of Optiem LLC, where he led the growth of a nascent marketing practice to a nationally recognized interactive marketing, communications and public relations agency. Earlier in his career, he held positions in technology integration, marketing, finance, sales, and management. His experience spans founding several entrepreneurial endeavors as well as working with Fortune 500 companies.

Thom is a 1988 U.S. Air Force ROTC graduate of Bowling Green State University with a degree in management information systems, and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Plant A Fish Foundation.

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Let's Shrink the Growing World of Entrepreneurship

(1) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 4:54 PM

There's nothing like a global economic crisis to bring the world together. Devastating economic events that started in the late 2000s showed the world, once again, that the welfare of one nation is linked to the welfare of others.

Long understood to be the engine of the U.S. economy,...

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Community Is the New Currency

(1) Comments | Posted April 30, 2013 | 2:26 PM

In her book, It Takes a Village: And Other Lessons Children Teach Us, Hillary Clinton famously (or infamously, based upon your politics) advocated for a society that assumes shared responsibility for raising children. The book became a New York Times Bestseller and a conservative lightening rod to denounce what the...

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Ice House Entrepreneurs: The Myth Of The Million-Dollar Idea

(5) Comments | Posted September 12, 2011 | 1:00 PM

Too many people think of entrepreneurs as Web Wunderkinds who stumble upon some million-dollar idea in their college dorm room.

The more common experience for entrepreneurs is the discovery of a simple idea that is not necessarily unique, yet often overlooked.

Take Brian Scudamore, an unemployed high-school dropout,...

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Ice House Entrepreneurs: From Disabled Veteran To CEO

(1) Comments | Posted August 24, 2011 | 2:44 PM

Before writing the foreword for Who Owns the Ice House, I wanted to better understand the eight life lessons the authors wrote about and subsequently architected an incredible entrepreneurship training program around. In particular, I scrutinized the sequence they chose to use in laying out a prescription for a self-directed...

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Ice House Entrepreneurs: Battling Hardship With Entrepreneurship

(3) Comments | Posted August 16, 2011 | 3:28 PM

The market gyrations of the past few weeks, brought on by the avoidable debt ceiling debacle, reacquainted everyone with the risk and uncertainty associated with today's economy. And while policymakers scramble to make sense of the market volatility and rationalize our credit downgrade, many Americans have been left to fend...

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