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Turning Ideas Into Companies at LSU

Look around the entrepreneurial landscape and you’ll notice how research universities play a central role in helping to foster the creation of high growth companies. Most thriving economic regions have at least one strong top tier research institution. We are excited about the opportunity to help educate the University faculty, staff, and administration about the importance of intellectual property in helping spur ec
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I am What I Am Because of Who We All Are

Ubuntu is term used to describe a philosophy and the name of an open source operating system. As a Linux-based operating system, Ubuntu powers tablets, phones, computers, servers and cloud services. Startup companies around the world utilize Ubuntu OS as the technological foundation for their ventures….it just works and it is awesome and it is free. As a philosophy, Ubuntu roughly translates to “I am what I am
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Bring Your (J)A Game!

I love sports. I’ve dressed up, painted up, screamed, cheered, high-fived, celebrated and agonized over the unpredictable bounce of a ball handled by a bunch of strangers I would never know. That’s me. Go team go! As I sit here and think about how I choose to show my support to those that put in long hours needed to succeed on the field of play, I realize that I don’t show the same enthusiasm to those that put in a s
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A good product is not enough

In today’s complex business environment, having a superior product or service is not enough to distinguish a company from its competitors, nor can advertising alone command the attention and loyalty of customers. What’s needed is a consistent and genuine message that communicates the company’s core values, beliefs, and purpose. On November 18th @ 3:00PM at Tin Roof Brewing, speaker, author and marketing expert Winnie
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Purpose and Conscious Capitalism

I often tell people that I have started a venture capital firm on the foundational premise that the purpose of business is not to create shareholder value. Re-read that sentence… you can probably imagine the responses I get and blank stares as if I have no idea of what I’m talking about.   The statement is provocative and meant to provoke people to listen and to think about what I’m actually saying. Yes, in orde
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FIRST YOU HAVE TO SWOT

Starting out in business, many entrepreneurs run so fast that they have trouble slowing down and putting pen to paper regarding their ideas, concepts, and direction – their business blueprint – before it’s too late and disaster has struck. Doing so is essential to long-term business success. This is common. There are always excuses to get out of writing a business plan.   Putting words on paper and thinking thro
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Pitchin’ ain’t easy… or is it?

So you have been chosen to “pitch” your company at a local pitch competition. The audience is mixed with angel investors, other entrepreneurs, and community people who want to support the ecosystem. The organizers have given you five minutes to tell your story to a group who may or may not have had a couple of drinks. You panic and wonder: What have I said “yes” to? Don’t worry, pitching really only comes down to thr
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Failing Greatly

Failure. The word itself evokes a feeling of shame, anxiety, and ultimately fear. There are so many areas of our lives where we experience failure: at home, at work, in our relationships, with our families, with our friends, and many times within ourselves. Often we are so focused on not failing that we miss the opportunity to aim for success. Our society does not reward failure, and you won’t find many failures docu
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Why It’s Important to Support our Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Many of us tend to think of other regions when asked to name places with thriving entrepreneurial ecosystems – Silicon Valley, Boston, New York, Austin, Minneapolis and Raleigh.  The same is true for investors. Did you know that the top 10 metros account for over 77% of venture capital spending across the United States?  This type of capital funds innovative new companies, which attract top talent, which cultiv
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What’s your BREW?

From pumpkin spice lattes to Gameday IPAs, fall brings about thoughts of BREWs of all kinds. Hopefully, for many of you, one of those is Baton Rouge Entrepreneurship Week (BREW). This celebration of innovation, creativity, and, yes, entrepreneurialism is traditionally observed in conjunction with Global Entrepreneurship Week which falls this year on November 11-18. While BREW has played host to several popular educat
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