Kauffman Sketchbook on Startup Communities

Feld Thoughts

I just finished up at Thinc Iowa and am heading to San Francisco for a few meetings tomorrow. Startup Communities kauffman money game sketchbook startup communities thinc iowa

Feeding the Starving in Haiti: A Message that Needs to be Viral

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

Volunteers, mostly from Iowa where the charity is based, packaged up 4 million meals last year. Tags: Inspirational Politics & Government @MftH charity Gregg Fraley Haiti Haitian earthquake crisis Iowa Mark Aeilts Meals from the Heartland starvation Meals from the Heartland (@MftH) is a charity with a simple purpose: send meals to people who are starving.

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The Feld Fiberhouse Is Now The Handprint House

Feld Thoughts

Thanks to Ben Barreth for inspiring this project with his Homes for Hackers discussion with me when we met at Thinc Iowa. The winners of the Feld KC FiberHouse competition , that I’ve done in conjunction with the Kauffman Foundation , is a company called Handprint ! Handprint is working on some amazing 3D printing and editing technology. We had plenty of applications for the competition – many of them very interesting – but Handprint really captured our imagination.

Standing Ovation Before The Speaker Begins

Feld Thoughts

A few weeks ago at Thinc Iowa I noticed the tradition they had of giving a standing ovation to the speaker when the speaker took the stage. We got a standing ovation and the end which caused me to flash back to the Thinc Iowa event and made me wonder why the tradition of giving a standing ovation at the beginning hasn’t taken off. I had never seen that before and thought it was awesome. Speakers also got a standing ovation after their talk.

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Q2 of Austin Buys Social Money for $10.6 Million

SiliconHills

Q2 Holdings, an online banking company, announced this week the acquisition of Social Money, a financial services software company based in Des Moines, Iowa for $10.6 million. The Austin-based company, traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol QTWO, said Social Money is best known for its cloud-based platform called SmartyPigproduct that assists […] The post Q2 of Austin Buys Social Money for $10.6 Million appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

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The Importance of Young People In Your Startup Community

Feld Thoughts

The book 2 Billion Under 20 has great examples of millennials from Iowa to Israel doing things similar to what Fletcher does to make their startup communities more successful. From Chattanooga to Omaha to Las Vegas, many cities in the US – and around the world – are building startup communities. An important part of doing this to attract, retain, and mentor more young people.

Build, Buy Or Build To Buy

YoungUpstarts

He has extensive professional experience as an investment banker and venture capitalist and has provided valuable strategic and operational guidance to nine fast-growing SaaS companies including Iowa-based Dwolla and BirdDogHR. by Ryan Gerhardy, CEO of Pitchly.

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My New FiberHouse in Kansas City

Feld Thoughts

This came about through meeting with Ben Barreth, who created Homes for Hackers, at the Thinc Iowa conference. I bought a house in Kansas City on Monday. It’s next door to the Homes for Hackers and KC Startup Village. It will have Google Fiber in it. I hope it becomes an integral part of the nation’s first Google Fiberhood. I’m not going to be living in it. Instead, I’m going to let entrepreneurs live / work in it. Rent free.

Join a conference simulcast near you

Startup Lessons Learned

One of the most important things we do with The Lean Startup Conference is make a livestream of the plenary talks available for free to groups around the world, supporting entrepreneurship communities everywhere. The number of hosts has grown annually, and this year, we have 200+ groups joining us on Monday, December 3. They represent more than 10,000 people total. If you're not attending the conference in person, consider meeting up with one of these groups to watch.

Life, Death And Gold: Remembering The Panic Of 1857

YoungUpstarts

from Williams College and an MBA from the University of Iowa. by Cara Wick, President of Wick Financial. The New York branch of the Cincinnati-based Ohio Life Insurance and Trust Company failed in late August 1857, felled by an embezzlement scandal.

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Why Your Computer Desk Is Breaking Your Back (And How To Fix It)

YoungUpstarts

When Shelley isn’t busy writing about home design, she’s often designing or decorating her own home in Iowa. By Shelley Little. Hello web surfer. I see you sitting there, hunched over your desk, squinting at your computer screen.

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Episode 104: Growing towards Profitability With Cory Vieth

Mike Michalowicz

Cory Vieth, 25 years old from Waterloo, Iowa, had a photography business in high school, and purchased a Computer Repair franchise called Computer Troubleshooters in 2012 after working there for 3 years. Our Guest Cory Vieth, 25 years old from Waterloo, Iowa, had a photography business in high school, and purchased a Computer Repair franchise called Computer Troubleshooters in 2012 after working there for 3 years. Also Available On. Show Summary.

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Friday Roundup: More advice on being more productive, corporate tax cuts, Silicon Forest?

Up and Running

Portland, Ore has become “Silicon Forest,” New Orleans is “Silicon Bayou,” and even Iowa is taking on the name “Silcorn Valley.” Don’t get so wrapped up in work that you forget to stay up with the current events of the business world! Amid all of the chaos, grab a cup of Joe and take a short reading break. Everyone tells you this crap, but I think this one is really useful. Magazine whipped up 14 simple ways that we can be more productive.

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Now Is The Time To Prepare Your Business For A Natural Disaster

YoungUpstarts

If you live in the Iowa, you do not need to prepare for a hurricane. by Walt Capell, founder of General Liability Shop .

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Leading Virtual Teams To Better Collaboration

YoungUpstarts

In fact, a study from the University of Iowa found that people who typed and communicated quickly emerged as leaders over their slower peers. How efficiently and quickly you communicate with your virtual team can make a bigger impact on your business than you probably realize.

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Google launches Google for Entrepreneurs to keep an even closer eye on startups around the world

The Next Web

Partners include the Idea Village in New Orleans, Communitech in Waterloo, Tetuan Valley in Wroclaw, the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship in Johannesburg and the Council Bluffs Chamber of Commerce in Iowa.

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Weekend Favs September Twenty Seven

Duct Tape Marketing

I was in Iowa this week and caught this lovely sunrise. Weekend Favs September Twenty Seven written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing.

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What You Need To Know About Master’s In Medicine

YoungUpstarts

For instance, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine specialises in tropical medicine and public health, while the University of Iowa-Carver College Of Medicine allows students to experience one-on-one interaction with the patients introducing them to various community service programs.

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Social Entrepreneurs of Grinnell | Campus Champions of Change Challenge | #socen #socinn

Campus Entrepreneurship

Check out the Social Entrepreneurs of Grinnell , a microfinance group started in 2007 on campus in Iowa. SEG provides loans locally and internationally. Pretty impressive. SEG is one of fifteen finalists in the White House Campus Champions of Change Challenge. The top five projects will go to the White House for national recognition and be featured on MTV’s “The Dean’s List.” Voting is open until March 3, 2012. You can vote for them up to 3 times! Lets go #socen #socinn.

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Startup Chica Spotlight: Meet Some of Austin’s Female Founders

Austin Startup

Laura grew up in Iowa where she received degrees in computer science and english from the University of Iowa.

How to Raise Money When You’re Not in a Major VC Market

Both Sides of the Table

Just ask the people of Portland, Seattle, Boulder, Iowa, Princeton, Dallas or countless other cities that don’t have enough venture capital. I travel the country a lot. And I am often approached by entrepreneurs in cities which don’t have a vibrant VC community.

2013’s Top 10 Small Towns For Mobile Entrepreneurs

Mike Michalowicz

Walcott, Iowa. Walcott is home of the world’s largest truck stop, Iowa 80, a TruckStops of America franchisee. There is no question that technology has given us the ability to get work done. You can work anywhere, any time.

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Israelis Getting More Recognition for Brain than their Brawn

VC Cafe

He is a graduate of the Technion in Haifa, Israel, and currently divides his time teaching and researching at Iowa State, U.S.

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Live From the Startup Bus – Round 1: My Twili-O Face (I Choked) (Post #4)

Up and Running

I even practiced pitching to a complete stranger, while taking a leak in a truck stop bathroom in a town called Iowa, Louisiana. I’m sure they know all about crowdfunding in Iowa, LA.

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[US] The 10 Best Sectors That Are Boosting The Economy

YoungUpstarts

Iowa and California in particular are experiencing the benefits of this growth, with Iowa adding more than 19,000 jobs and $176.2 It seems that the dark days of the recession are nearly behind us. Businesses in a variety of sectors are bouncing back, strengthening the job market and economy right along with them. While businesses across the board are seeing a positive shift, there are several sectors that are doing considerably better than others, and we’ve identified them here.

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Why Ello Really Matters

Duct Tape Marketing

I do think the frontier feel of Ello, like many other startup networks, has great appeal for pioneers, but in order to make it you’ve eventually got to appeal to the people of Iowa. This is not a slam to my Iowa readers, it’s a nod to your ability to pick presidents!).

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Ellison Eyewear the Multi-Billion $ Sunglass Industry

Hearpreneur

At 18, he headed to University of Iowa to study dentistry. Aristotle still splits time between, Greece, Iowa, and Chicago, and refers to himself as “Greek born, city raised, and corn fed.”

The Long Economic Case for Snapchat

Both Sides of the Table

If a politician is trying to win Iowa they want their reach, immediacy & geography to all be focused. Yesterday I wrote a primer on how to use Snapchat for my peer group of “over 30” people who don’t yet “get” Snapchat. Today I want to talk briefly about why I believe Snapchat is an important media company.

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How to Start a Daycare Business

Up and Running

To get a sense of how to start a daycare business, we talked with Lindsey Roemen, owner of Lindsey’s Family Daycare in Larchwood, Iowa, and Shalonda Owens, owner of Fruitful Trees Learning Center in Columbus, Ohio, about their experiences as daycare owners. Do you love caring for children?

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Business Lessons from Trump, Sanders et al

Growthink Blog

With the Iowa Caucuses this coming Monday and the New Hampshire Primary a week later, this is crunch time in both the Democratic and Republican Presidential Nomination Races.

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How to Acquire Customers by Marketing “Heroes”

Both Sides of the Table

The book popularized the technology adoption lifecycle curve that originally came out of Iowa State University shown below. Social Proof in Action … Yesterday I wrote about the benefits of using social proof and authority in raising venture capital.

What Makes a Successful Startup Community? Is it Possible to Build One Where You Live?

Both Sides of the Table

How about in the last 12 months deals announced with Dwolla (Iowa) and Pollenware (Kansas City). This article originally appeared on TechCrunch.

Reflecting on 9/11

Feld Thoughts

We stopped somewhere for breakfast in Iowa at an I-80 roadside restaurant and had an awesome breakfast. To everyone who lost someone close to them on 9/11 – I’m sending you every bit of good karma that I can today. While I was in New York that day, I was lucky and didn’t lose anyone close, but I’ll always remember 9/11 and I think about it every time I’m in New York. I’ve always had some survivor guilt around 9/11.

The Outsiders

Seeing Both Sides

He was new to Boston, having grown up in Iowa, attended Brown and then worked in Chicago. One of my favorite childhood books was SE Hinton''s The Outsiders.

How to Kick Start Your Community’s Startup Scene

Both Sides of the Table

Or the growth of Dwolla in Iowa or C2FO being built in Kansas City? I just returned from 3 days in Cincinnati including attending the annual meeting of one of Upfront’s LPs – Cintrifuse.

Why We Need Each Other

Duct Tape Marketing

Less than twenty-four hours later I found myself in front of about a hundred small business owners of the main street variety in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Yesterday my friend Chris Brogan asked if he could write a guest post about what he’s learned growing his own business.

The Fantastical, Stupendous, Wonkariffic Tale of How Ample Hills Creamery Raised a $4 Million Venture Capital Round

This is going to be BIG.

It fits just as well into Gowanus, Brooklyn as it does Iowa, Kansas, and Wyoming. At least, that would be the title if somebody made a kids movie out of it. It just seemed like a fitting title for a company built around narrative by a founder who used to write stories for a living.

7 Habits of Highly Effective and Successful Entrepreneurs

crowdSPRING Blog

Take for example what Ben Milne and his team are doing with Dwolla , in Iowa. Some entrepreneurs invent only excuses, while other entrepreneurs are highly effective and successful. Success and failure doesn’t happen by chance.

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Your city doesn’t have a startup community? Start one!

The Next Web

After all, a great startup community can grow anywhere — from the buzzing streets of New York City to sleepy rural Iowa. Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Aaron Pitman , an angel investor and founder and partner of RA Domain Capital.

Small Business Spotlight of the Week: PVPower

crowdSPRING Blog

Driving through Iowa, Indiana or southern Illinois, they’re pretty hard to miss towering and turning on the horizon. In contrast, the only solar panel I’ve seen in real life was in Forest City, Iowa, a town I’d be hard-pressed to find a handful of people who have heard of it. Being from the Midwest, I’m pretty familiar with wind mills.

Introducing The Commitment Engine

Duct Tape Marketing

Introducing The Commitment Engine. As you can see from the image here, my third book – The Commitment Engine – Making Work Worth It is just about ready to go. And, I would like to give you a free copy! A bit more on that in a minute, but first, what’s the book about?

Startups and Wrestling

ithacaVC

Cornell ended up in second place, losing to Penn State, but beating Iowa (I think for the first time ever). Might catch your opponent in a winning move (like Bubba Jenkins did on his former teammate from Penn State – Bubba got booted off the Penn State team and transferred to Iowa State – talk about nice retribution). I spent Thursday, Friday and Saturday (March 17 – 19) at the NCAA Division 1 Wrestling Championships in Philadelphia.

The FCC is About to Harm Millions of Patients

Austin Startup

Call the FCC Here’s an example from a concerned citizen of Dubuque, Iowa. Repealing Net Neutrality and it’s impact on the American healthcare system.

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