In Oklahoma City, Entrepreneurs Aim to Create the Next Cool Startup Scene

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In America's heartland, the race is on to show that not all cutting-edge products have to come from Silicon Valley

The Flaming Lips and Economic Development

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

As many of you know I’ve participated in the annual State of Creativity Forum in Oklahoma for several years. It’s in just a few weeks, so register, and make plans now to arrive in Oklahoma City for the March 31st one day event.

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Kevin Durant Could Teach Businesses a Thing or Two

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Kevin Durant, former star of the Oklahoma City Thunder, announced that he would be leaving the city where he made his name to play for the Golden State Warriors, and people had some feelings about it.

Why Kevin Durant's Golden State Warriors Deal Is a Smart Finance Strategy

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Earlier this week, the NBA player announced his plans to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder tojoin theGolden State Warriors as a free agent. Here's why hestands to make millions more through the new deal

This NBA Star Is Changing How Nike Markets to Men

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Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook has passion for fashion--and entrepreneurship

If You Can’t Explain What You Do In A Paragraph, You’ve Got A Problem

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I was in Oklahoma City earlier this week with the entrepreneurs at the Blueprint for Business accelerator (it’s a member of the Global Accelerator Network ). Here’s an email exchange that I had in the past 24 hours with an entrepreneur. Remember, I try to answer all of my emails and be responsive to any inquiry – this was a random one (which I get between 25 and 100 a day).

Sales Lessons From 13 Year Old Who Sold 22,000 Boxes of Girl Scout Cookies

Hunter Walker

When making the rounds in Oklahoma City, Francis wears her troop uniform and passes out business cards. She recently addressed a university’s entire business department and will be the July speaker at Oklahoma’s Professional Sales Association. I’ve got a term sheet waiting for this girl as soon as she’s ready! How To Sell The Most Cookies (via NYTimes). Smile. ‘‘No

Thunder look to advance; Hornets, Blazers try to even series

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — With the ebb and flow to the NBA playoffs, momentum can quickly shift

State of Creativity Forum is an Innovation Accelerant

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

I’ve been involved* these past two years with a creativity conference in Oklahoma, now called the State of Creativity Forum. Even the governor, Mary Fallin, was there to support the notion that creativity and innovation is how Oklahoma moves forward.

Leadership Lessons From Kevin Durant's MVP Acceptance Speech

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The superstar forward for the NBA''s Oklahoma City Thunder revealed during his Most Valuable Player acceptance speech that behind every great leader is an even greater mother. Kevin Durant, a forward for the Oklahoma City Thunder, was named the NBA''s Most Valuable Player on Tuesday. Beautiful fans of Oklahoma City: I can''t say enough about you guys. This city, all it wants is for us to be ourselves.

Durant's 26 points lead Thunder past Hornets

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Kevin Durant scored 26 points to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Charlotte Hornets 109-95 on Wednesday night for their sixth straight win

Westbrook gets a 'T' for hitting official in head with ball

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

AP) — Russell Westbrook said he has "no idea" why he was assessed a technical foul for hitting a game official in the head with a ball during the first quarter of Oklahoma City's 123-112 loss to the CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP)

How Not to Get Lost in the Content Creation Wasteland

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Think of it like this: let’s say you live in Oklahoma City, and you plan to drive to Los Angeles, somewhere you’ve never been. How Not to Get Lost in the Content Creation Wasteland written by Guest Post read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing.

Westbrook leads Thunder to win over Hornets

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook scored 29 points to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 98-75 victory over Charlotte on Friday night, snapping the Hornets'' season-high four-game win streak

Kevin Durant ruled out vs. Hornets because of foot soreness

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

AP) — Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant is sitting out the Thunder''s game Saturday night against the Charlotte Hornets because of soreness in his right foot CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP)

Durant scores 29 points, Thunder beat Hornets 109-90

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AP) — Kevin Durant had 29 points and 11 rebounds, and the Oklahoma City Thunder pulled away in the second half to beat the Charlotte Hornets 109-90 on Saturday night CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP)

SpareFoot Donates Storage Space to Tornado Victims


Austin-based SpareFoot, the self-storage marketplace, will donate a month of storage space to people in Oklahoma affected by the devastating tornadoes in the Oklahoma City area. just to the South of Oklahoma City, on Tuesday. A massive tornado tore through Moore, Okla., It wreaked havoc leveling entire neighborhoods, businesses and schools and left two dozen [.] The post SpareFoot Donates Storage Space to Tornado Victims appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

The 5 Best Cities to Start a Business

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To gauge the health of small-business lending in each city, NerdWallet analyzed business loans made by community banks in 2012. 5 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. 4 – Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Westbrook nets 33, Thunder top Hornets 110-103 minus Durant

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

AP) — Russell Westbrook had 33 points and 10 assists, Serge Ibaka and Enes Kanter also had double-doubles and the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Charlotte Hornets 110-103 Saturday CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP)

Smells Like Money: The Business of Waste Management

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Today in Oklahoma City, Okla, Keith and Cheryl own three separate companies that manage and dispose of a variety of waste, from hazardous and commercial waste, to the treatment of industrial waters and grease trap cleaning.

Welcome To The Fall Semester

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My fourth book, Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City comes out at the end of the month. Amy and I are traveling all over the United States like nomads – San Francisco, Boise, Oklahoma City, St. I love this time of year. I get up at 5am, catch up on email (holy s**t – is it already 6:37?), write a blog post, go for a run, and then have a completely jam packed day full of working with amazing people.

Resetting My Priorities

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After a week at home I hit the road again around the release of Startup Communities and spent almost all of October on the road, reaching Boise, Oklahoma City, Chicago, Des Moines, San Francisco, Seattle, Detroit, Boston, Montreal, Toronto, Lexington, and Louisville. If you’ve been following along at home, you know I’ve had a tough fall. It started with a bike crash in Slovenia, followed by a few weeks in New York where I physically felt awful.

After 20 years: Updating the Berkus Method of valuation


Valuations are higher in Silicon Valley, Silicon Beach, New York and the North Carolina corridor than in Oklahoma City, Kansas City or Miami. Well, it had to happen.

The Build 100 List of Sustained-Growth Companies

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PROFILE COMPANY SITE England Logistics Location:Salt Lake City, UtahYear Founded:1997Industry:Logistics & Transportation2013 Head Count:2992012 Revenue:$400,000,000 INC. PROFILE COMPANY SITE H&H Shooting Sports Complex Location:Oklahoma City, OklahomaYear Founded:1981Industry:Retail2013 Head Count:1272012 Revenue:$22,229,848 INC. We began the Build 100 project by collecting data on more than 100,000 U.S. midmarket companies (those with 85 to 999 employees).

Kenai – RIP

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I had my bags with me as I was heading out for an overnight trip to Oklahoma City. Our beloved dog Kenai died yesterday at 10:20 am. He was at our house in Eldorado Springs with Amy and our other dog Brooks. It was sudden and unexpected – he went quickly and painlessly. He was 12. My last moment with him was the day before when I left the house to go to the office. He always followed me to the door whenever I left town (he knew what my Filson bag meant).

[Video] The Inner Net


Here’s one of them – it’s a spoken word poem video production and performance by Oklahoma City-based poet David Bowden, whose style is in the tradition of Beat Poets of the 1950’s and Slam Poets of the 1980’s.

Story Behind The Replacements SHTF Bootleg

Mark Birch

This show from Oklahoma City in 1984 however was different as Replacements sound guy Bill MacLeslie explains in his account from the show that evening. Story Behind The Replacements SHTF Bootleg : Most bootlegs of The Replacements were terrible because either the sound was awful or the band was awful. While the Replacements were not quite in top form, the sound is actually pretty good for a lowly tape recorder placed up in the balcony of the venue.

Is This the World's Most Creative Manufacturer?

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The IDSA, New York City chapter, had come to hear Kaufman talk about his buzzy and fast-growing company, a burgeoning font of product development. How the renegade design company Quirky uses the power of community to develop, make, and sell a torrent of useful objects.

How Complying With Obamacare Can Boost (Yes, Boost) Business

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An Oklahoma salon owner has found that the new healthcare law can yield unexpected benefits All too often, when we hear about the expected impact of ObamaCare on business--how the cost of providing benefits will have to be passed on to customers, say--it’s in general terms.

A Win for Hobby Lobby in High Court Case Could Cost You Big

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affiliate are part of a family-owned enterprise with 14,000 employees, based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. A Supreme Court Case could turn your business into the legal equivalent of an individual, making you personally liable for your business'' actions.

Start Praying Now for a Ruling Against Religious Belief Exemptions

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affiliate are part of a family-owned enterprise with 14,000 employees, based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The Supreme Court will soon decide if your business has the same rights as a person, which could be a legal nightmare for you.

SpareFoot Donates Storage Space to Tornado Victims

Austin Startup

Self-storage marketplace SpareFoot is offering relief to those affected by the devastating tornadoes in the Oklahoma City area. The Austin, TX-based company will donate a month of storage to businesses, families and individuals who need temporary space to store and protect their belongings in the aftermath of the tornadoes. Editorial aid SpareFoot

The SBA Caps Off National Small Business Week by Honoring Outstanding Entrepreneurs

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Deidre Ebrey, the director of Economic Development and Marketing for the City of Moore, Oklahoma, received the Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery by a Public Official. In May 2013, a tornado ripped through Moore, a suburb of Oklahoma City. Cerbone-Teoli, owner of Manducatis Rustica, an Italian restaurant in Long Island City, NY, received the Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery by a Volunteer.

COVER FRIDAY: Takin’ Care of Business performed by The.

Mark Birch

The name of this infamous bootleg from a show in Oklahoma City in 1984 says it all. COVER FRIDAY: Takin’ Care of Business performed by The Replacements - When you went to a ‘Mats show, it was always a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde gamble. You could get the moderately less drunk version of the one of the greatest rock bands ever, or you could get…well, let’s just say it wasn’t pretty. That is when their shows would usually devolve into half-baked and half-finished covers.

Building Bridges in Oklahoma

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

It’s in Oklahoma City - - but make no mistake — this is now an international event. The theme this year is Building Bridges, and it is an apt one for a diverse state like Oklahoma. So, I hope to see you in Oklahoma.

Flush With Funds, Lyft Pushes Through Two-Dozen Launches

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Lyft, the community-driver platform known for its spunky attitude and pink mustaches on drivers'' hoods, is launching in 24 different midsize American cities Thursday, from Albuquerque to Virginia Beach. The pink mustaches are coming to 24 new markets, from Jacksonville to Spokane.

Cornering the Granite Market in Brazil

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Over the course of the last eight years, the three have targeted second-tier markets, opening up distribution centers in cities like Austin, Oklahoma City, Little Rock, Memphis, and Birmingham, Alabama. Importing granite is gamble.

What You Can Do, in the Face of the Boston Bombings

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In Oklahoma City, a powerful explosive in the Federal Building in 1995 killed 168 people and injured almost 700. There will be more video cameras and, like many European cities, fewer trash cans in the streets and in the train stations.

The LeanLaunch Pad at Stanford – Class 7: Revenue Model

Steve Blank

Veritas , the team building a low cost residential wind turbine wind turbine for cities and utilities.Last week the team pivoted and their wind turbine is now embedded into street and highway light poles. In Oklahoma City, Oklahoma it was the city engineer and director of public works.

Pitching America’s mayors

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Austin Mayor Steve Adler The event was kicked off by Austin Mayor Steve Adler and MCed by Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett. This allows cities to be proactive instead of reactive as they manage their roadways.