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Ron J. Williams uses perseverance, not lightning strikes (Video)

By SPN Team / November 7, 2012

“Being an entrepreneur can be magical,” Ron J. Williams says, “but it ain’t magic.”

Williams, the co-founder and CEO of Knodes, opened with that message and proceeded to draw the distinction between magical and magic during his talk Oct. 10 at Thinc Iowa 2012.

Williams said people tend to romanticize the entrepreneurial narrative of someone scribbling …

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Gentry Underwood takes a designer’s approach to startup problems (Video)

By SPN Team / November 6, 2012

With the ascent of Apple, the notion that an emphasis on design can drive business success has become more commonplace in recent years, Gentry Underwood says.
But Underwood, the co-founder and CEO of Orchestra, doesn’t need to look toward Cupertino to see the impact that a design-centric approach can have on a company. After all, Underwood’s own …

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From hustle to hiring, Ryan Graves discusses keys to scaling Uber (Video)

By SPN Team / November 6, 2012

Ryan Graves can trace his career at Uber back to one tweet.

Well, one tweet and a whole lot of hustle.
Graves, Uber’s Global GM and VP of Operations, spoke Oct. 11 at Thinc Iowa 2012 about helping build Uber, the San Francisco-based startup that provides on-demand car service through a mobile app, and he reflected on the lessons he’s learned in …

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In Chicago, Brian Spaly’s building a company his way (Video)

By SPN Team / November 2, 2012

Silicon Valley visitors bureaus and tourism boards in the market for a spokesperson probably won’t come calling Brian Spaly any time soon, and that seems fine by Spaly. The Trunk Club CEO is perfectly happy in Chicago, building his business.

That much became abundantly clear when Spaly stepped on stage Oct. 10 at Thinc Iowa 2012.

“I think sometimes it’s good to …

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Lesa Mitchell: We all must engage women in entrepreneurship (Video)

By SPN Team / November 1, 2012

When Lesa Mitchell stepped on stage Oct. 12 at Thinc Iowa 2012, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation’s vice president of innovation and networks sported a shirt — green, and emblazoned with “MIT” in large, white letters — that required a disclaimer. Mitchell, who gave a talk on women in entrepreneurship, explained that MIT is not her alma mater …

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Brad Feld believes you can create a startup community anywhere (Video)

By SPN Team / October 31, 2012

A revolution is brewing, and no city in the world is safe.

So said Brad Feld, a managing director of Foundry Group, in his talk Oct. 11 at Thinc Iowa 2012. Feld, who has played a major role in building the startup community in his adopted hometown of Boulder, Colo., believes that, with the right ingredients, any city in the world can become a thriving …

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Tara Hunt shares story of tough entrepreneurial lessons (Video)

By SPN Team / October 26, 2012

Tara Hunt, the co-founder Buyosphere and director of digital content at Tuxedo Agency, opened her talk Oct. 11 at Thinc Iowa 2012 with an admission. “I’m used to giving really motivational, inspirational speeches that are about kicking ass and taking names,” she said, “and I haven’t been feeling so kicking ass and taking names recently.” …

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Steve Case calls U.S. to “double down on entrepreneurship” (Video)

By SPN Team / October 25, 2012

Steve Case, the co-founder and former CEO of AOL and current chairman of the Startup America Partnership, spoke Oct. 10 at Thinc Iowa 2012 about where his entrepreneurial journey has taken him and how he hopes the U.S. will continue to nurture entrepreneurs.

“As a nation, it’s important that we double down on entrepreneurship and make sure that we have the right policies in place,” Case said.

After …

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The Thinc Iowa 2012 Video Series makes its debut Thursday

By SPN Team / October 24, 2012

Thinc Iowa 2012 emcee Antonio Neves took the stage Oct. 10 to prepare our 400-plus attendees for two days of presentations packed with inspiration, motivation and education.

Like Neves, this post is here to prepare you for the Thinc Iowa 2012 Video Series that starts tomorrow. This three-week series presents one speaker video per day. Thinc Iowa featured a diverse mix of speakers, from the co-founder of one the nation’s most storied internet startups …

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Jeremie Miller: Tech entrepreneur sprouts from Iowa farm roots

By SPN Team / October 11, 2012

Jeremie Miller can trace the roots of his startup, Singly, back to a conversation in an Iowa farm field in 2010. He stood in that field — on the farm in Dubuque County where the movie Field of Dreams was filmed — talking with one of his eventual Singly co-founders about the untapped potential in social app data.

If ever there were a snapshot that summed up Miller, it was that Rockwellian tableau.
In his talk today at Thinc Iowa, Miller told the …

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