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 iowaI had an awesome time in the last 24 hours, especially last night hanging out for three hours with 20 or so entrepreneurs at StartupCity in Des Moines. I started my talk off today by showing a video that the Kauffman Foundation just did for Startup Communities.

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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Does Your Small Business Need Workers’ Compensation Insurance?


by Veronica Baxter. Perhaps. Statutory workers’ compensation laws are particular to each state, but in general, businesses having employees that are not large enough to self-insure must carry workers’ comp insurance.

Q2 of Austin Buys Social Money for $10.6 Million


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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Why Entrepreneurs Need To Keep Up With Changing Regulations


For example, when ReShonda Young joined her family’s Iowa-based delivery company, Alpha Express Inc., by Kelvin Simmons , a partner at Nexus Group. The modern tech leader will encounter his or her share of proverbial hoops and barriers.

No Logical Relation Between Employment And Health Care: Kenneth Arrow


from Williams College and an MBA from the University of Iowa. by Cara Wick, President of Wick Financial. As healthcare makes headlines, I wish more people listened to Nobel Prize-winning economist Kenneth Joseph Arrow. Born in New York City in 1921, at 51, Mr. Arrow was the youngest person ever to receive the award.

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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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.

What Your Nonprofit Board Should Know About Pay Equity  

Board Effect

Volunteer Iowa offers a few executive compensation policy samples to help you get started on the path to pay equity. . As you accept a nonprofit board position, you may already know that executive compensation is one of the board’s most important duties.

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


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. Reports of financial instability in New York quickly carried between cities by the new telecommunications medium, the telegraph , which spread more fear than information.

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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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An Exclusive Interview with Paige Pearce, World Champion Archer

Rembrandt Communications

A winning archer since the age of 13, Paige travels the world competing and just returned from various tournaments in France, Iowa, Montana, and Rome. As seen on Little PINK Book. Recently, we caught up with world champion athlete, Paige Pearce. Paige broke her first state record in archery at 10 years old and was hooked. She went on to break 14 national records and qualified for the U.S. Archery Team. There, she won her first gold medal in 2008 at the Junior World Championships.

An Exclusive Interview with Paige Pearce, World Champion Archer

Rembrandt Communications

A winning archer since the age of 13, Paige travels the world competing and just returned from various tournaments in France, Iowa, Montana, and Rome. As seen on Little PINK Book. Recently, we caught up with world champion athlete, Paige Pearce. Paige broke her first state record in archery at 10 years old and was hooked. She went on to break 14 national records and qualified for the U.S. Archery Team. There, she won her first gold medal in 2008 at the Junior World Championships.

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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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.

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. Google today launched Google for Entrepreneurs both at google.com/entrepreneurs and of course Google+. The company is using its 14th birthday this month as an excuse for the timing of the launch.

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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. My weekend blog post routine includes posting links to a handful of tools or great content I ran across during the week. I don’t go into depth about the finds, but encourage you check them out if they sound interesting.

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


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. Take a moment to take stock of your body and your posture. I bet you look something like this (above, source: Hello Doctor ). When in reality, you should look more like this (below, source: Greatist ): Let’s get real.

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Onward And Upward: Your Relocation For Work Guide


Did your dream job make an offer? It’s everything you want it to be – except it’s in another city, state, or even country altogether. Around 11% of all job seekers in 2018 relocated. The next person to make the big move could be you! Relocation for work is a serious business. In addition to the obvious advantages of the new position, there are social, professional and tax ramifications tied to relocating for a job. It can be exciting as well as stressful.

What You Need To Know About Master’s In Medicine


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. A Master’s in Medicine degree is a medical program that allows fresh science graduates to fulfil their medical dream.

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5 Important Things to Consider in a Startup Location

The Startup Magazine

For example, you’ll have to pay them a lot more in New York City than in the capital city of Iowa. Many startups begin in basements and home offices, but many of those businesses expand well beyond the confines of their original home. If you’re feeling a little pinched for space, or your startup is rapidly expanding, it’s time to find a new startup location. The question is, where should you go? Photo by Lorenzo from Pexels.

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. They often ask whether they have to move to SF, NY or LA to get financed. I have the same response always, “Where do you want to live? Where do you want to build your community, your relationships, your family?”

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


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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Chrissy Weems Discusses How She Dominated the Direct Sales Industry in a TED Talk

The Startup Magazine

Chrissy Weems attended a TEDx Talks event at Davenport, Iowa to share the story. Inventive entrepreneurs will always look for effective ways to reach out to the consumer. Direct selling is a simple yet effective way to sell goods and services.

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Leading Virtual Teams To Better Collaboration


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. It can also impact other’s perception of your leadership skills. This same concept also applies when people communicate in person or over the phone.

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


If you live in the Iowa, you do not need to prepare for a hurricane. by Walt Capell, founder of General Liability Shop . The fact that September is disaster preparedness month is getting swept up in the news cycle because of the vast amount of natural disasters taking place throughout the United States. It is not just occurring in the United States, but also in several neighboring countries throughout the Western Hemisphere.

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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. Meet some of the incredible female entrepreneurs who have volunteered to work with the girls in Latinitas by serving as mentors, career presenters, and judges at our 2017 Startup Chica Conference.

Build, Buy Or Build To Buy


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. I gave a presentation at a legal technology conference last week. Afterward, I met the CIO from one of our law firm clients who was in the audience.

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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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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. Often in direct cooperation with their Jewish cousins in terms of innovation and business prowess in the 20th and 21st century, Israeli Jews are often thought of as the stronger, tougher, less respectful cousins of the American Jew. But facts change, and so do stereotypes.

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SXSW Pitch Finalist: Votem

Austin Startup

Pete Martin , founder of CEO of Votem , and classic rock drummer The Forrest Four-Cast: February 20, 2020 Paging Iowa elections officials! Votem promises to make voting more accessible, to restore trust in elections, and to serve election management bodies and their constituents.

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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Audience Segmentation: Where Do You Start?


How much does someone change when they move from Wisconsin to Iowa? As Peter Drucker famously wrote, “The aim of marketing is to know the customer so well the product or service fits them, and sells itself.” ” In conversion optimization , we talk about the importance of knowing our customers a lot. But we rarely talk about the process of strategically segmenting our audience so that our products and services can sell themselves. ??????

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. It's a story that just hit a milestone--a $4mm round of venture funding that I'm ecstatic to say Brooklyn Bridge Ventures just led.

Transcript of Cultivating Compelling Communications for Your Business

Duct Tape Marketing

So I live in Iowa, and at the time I was doing a design company, graphic design. I’m going to bring a speaker in, I’m going to call it the Iowa Creativity Summit. So I invented, I mean, it’s the dumbest name ever, but the Iowa Creativity Summit.

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. You can live in a tent in a cornfield in Kansas and do business. Or, you can kick back on some beach in Tahiti and sip drinks with those little umbrellas in them, while doing a face to face (ahem, Skype) business deal with a guy in Russia.

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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. If you didn’t read that yet it might be worth having a quick skim as a primer.

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. Recently I wrote a post arguing to make the definition of a Startup more inclusive than that to which Silicon Valley, fueled by Venture Capital return profiles, would sometimes like to attach to the word. Today I’d like to talk about what startup communities outside of Silicon Valley look like, how they emerge and what makes them take hold.

How politicians are embracing social media in this 2010 campaign

Austin Startup

I predict the Iowa Republican caucuses will see very lively social media wars and that neither Republicans or Democrats will leave any stone unturned in the general election as it relates to online communications. With a spirited gubernatorial race just days after the Oct. 28 October Innotech, it seems only natural that a major focus on social media would be how Governor Rick Perry and Bill White are using this communication tool.

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. I have never been more optimistic about the impact that the tech startup community is having on cities in America or about the role that cities outside of San Francisco / Silicon Valley can play in our future.

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. For whatever reason, I always related to this tough group of teenagers who felt like societal outcasts just because they were born on the wrong side of town. I was reminded of the book the other day when attending the Unconference. The Unconference is a Boston-based technology conference put on by the MassTLC that has no agenda.