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Startup City: Miami’s Emerging Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Miami

If tasked with naming entrepreneurial cities, a few startup stalwarts might top your list: San Francisco. Boston. New York. But, a new hub has emerged far from the sphere of Silicon Valley or the bustling Northeast. A coastal city where the startup scene is just as hot as the temperature, with an ever-increasing number of…

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Students Backing Students: The Rise of the Dorm Room Venture Capitalist

Like many of today’s most successful companies—Facebook, Microsoft, Google, and WordPress, to name a few—Rough Draft Ventures (RDV) was founded at a college. But, for Rough Draft, college is more than just the place where the idea was born; campuses are where the idea thrives. RDV is a team of students backing fellow students at…

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How Coca-Cola is Leading Women’s Empowerment in the Developing World

What does it mean to empower women? Consult the dictionary, and you’ll find the word empower means to make someone stronger and more confident, particularly when it comes to their life and their rights. Consult the United Nations, and you’ll see the words equality, advocacy, education, and training on its list of seven Women’s Empowerment…

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Growing the Maker Movement at American Field

For entrepreneur Mark Bollman, the concept of American Made isn’t a trend or a passing fad. It’s a movement. It’s about the makers, artisans, and crafters creating the highest-quality goods on the market. It’s about consumers valuing the artistry and the values behind the goods they buy. And, it’s about making purchasing decisions that have…

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Swimming With The Sharks

Shark Tank

For an entrepreneur, what could be better than pitching your business to five well-connected, deep-pocketed investors? How about pitching to those investors on prime-time television for an audience of 8 million potential customers? The popular ABC reality show Shark Tank has introduced viewers to more than 450 businesses since its 2009 premiere. PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE…

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Changing the Status Quo in Venture Capital

Venture Capital Gender Cap

Imagine you’re one of the founding executives at a promising new software company. You’ve already built and sold two other companies, gaining valuable experience and skills. Together with your co-founders, you’ve steered this company to early success—it’s enjoying sustained growth, robust sales, and a strong valuation in the marketplace. Your office space is in a…

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From Battlefield to Boss

military entrepreneurs

After more than 10 years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, the statistics and figures are staggering. Taxpayers have spent trillions. One million U.S. veterans have been injured, and 2.5 million Afghans are refugees. But not all of these statistics are sobering: in cities and towns across the country, today more than 2.4 million small…

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Slow Money Investing Takes Root

Slow Money Investing Takes Root

“We’re running out of dirt.” In this short phrase, Woody Tasch, venture capitalist, serial entrepreneur, and author, describes the environmental degradation caused by current farming methods. Many stories are familiar: fertilizer runoff contaminating waterways and wetlands; pesticides killing birds and insects; and the recent collapse of entire bee populations. Tasch’s “quiet crisis of the world…

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Mapping the Entrepreneurial Spirit

Entrepreneurial Spirit

What makes certain places more entrepreneurial than others? Why do some regions and cities have relatively high startup rates, such as Atlanta and Los Angeles, whereas others, for example greater Philadelphia, have considerably lower rates? And, how can cities foster an entrepreneurial spirit, for example the way Boston has? These are fascinating questions, especially since…

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Keeping It In The Family

Keeping It In The Family

My two sisters and I have always had the family business itch, but it took a few years—and a pregnancy—to come up with the right idea. Like many new moms, Lori, our middle sister, spent months working off the baby weight following the birth of her daughter, Charlee. The lowest point for her occurred when…

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