Utah Receives Top Marks for Being Small Business Friendly

In a recently released survey, Utah was listed as one of the friendliest states for small businesses. Since the survey began, back in 2012, Utah has been voted in the top by the state’s own business owners each year. The survey, performed by Thumbtack.com, in association with Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, gets their data straight from the horses’ mouth. They talk to the business owners themselves to get their rankings.Utah is ranked one ...</p><a class= Continue Reading →

Entrepreneur in Embryo – Utah Education Starts them Early

Utah CTEEntrepreneurs and high school – Would you naturally think these go together? Utah thinks so. With the state’s rise to prominence in the startup world, the public school system is running to keep up. Utah’s rich heritage of large tech companies have spun off hundreds of new tech startups over the past two decades.  This yielded a fertile crop of highly skilled workers including programmers, CTO’s, marketing experts and ...

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UVEF – New Pre-Revenue Category for “Top 25 Under 5” Awards

Top 25 lo res logo OREM, Utah – May 15, 2014 – In its Silver Anniversary year, Utah Valley Entrepreneurial Forum (UVEF) today announced the prolific organization is now accepting nominations through June 17th for the 2014 “Top 25 Under Five” Awards. Top 25 Under Five spotlights outstanding Utah entrepreneurs and emerging companies from across the state. Award recipients will be recognized at ceremonies on July 10th.

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1 Million Cups, a Kauffman Labs entrepreneur initiative, launches in Provo, Utah

One Million Cups, a Kauffman Labs initiative bringing together a community of entrepreneurs;  launches the 25th such city in Provo, Utah.

PROVO, Utah – Local community organizers and entrepreneurs, with the assistance of Kauffman Labs, are set to launch the 25th city of its kind here in Provo, Utah.  The launch will be held on Wednesday, January 29th from 9:00 to 10:00 am, at Camp 4 in the Startup ...

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Snapchat Exposes Soft Underbelly of Online Security-Lessons for Entrepreneurs

Snapchat’s amazing growth to 20 million users is fueled by the disenchantment of young people who don’t like the invasion of their beloved Facebook by older users–especially mom and dad. They want their privacy. They also want to erase the permanancey of their online conversations, creating a safer place to play with friends on the Internet. However, Snapchat’s recent revelation of the theft of 4.6 million user profiles has vaporized the “aura of awesome” around this pre-revenue entrepreneurial startup.

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Mark Cuban – “What’s going on in Provo?” Shark Tank

Mark Cuban of Shark Tank fame invested in Kisstixx, a company I consulted with when they were a client in the Orem CEDO business incubator where I served as board member. I blogged about the Kisstixx party commemorating that event at the time. Good times for Utah entrepreneurs.  Recently, Utah entrepreneur  Garrett Gee, founder of SCAN, appeared on the show. Garrett was an UVEF Apprentice back in 2010 when I was chairman of the Utah Valley Entrepreneurial Forum ( Continue Reading →

Kauffman Foundation – Center of KC Entrepreneur Awesome

With similar motives, Kauffman Foundation – 1 Million Cups of Kansas City  and Utah Valley Entrepreneurial Forum (UVEF) have both advanced the cause of entrepreneurs and startups.  Founded in 1989 by local tech leaders, UVEF was among the first three Utah organizations born to support the states growing startup ecosystem. Kauffman Foundation was established in the mid-1960’s by the late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman, founder of Marion Laboratories.

For decades, ...

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Amy Rees Anderson Headlines Winners List at UVEF Awards for Entrepreneurs

Amy Rees Anderson, REES Capital founder and managing partner, has been named the Utah Valley Entrepreneurial Forum’s (UVEF) 2013 Entrepreneur of the Year.  Rees was among five honored as winners for its 2013 Annual UVEF Awards. The annual event recognizes Utah companies and leaders for innovation, business growth and contributions to the entrepreneurial community. The room was packed for the awards luncheon held at the Zion’s Bank Tower ...

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Senior Software Engineer / Computer Programmer – I found one!

Since my first days working in tech companies, there has been a shortage of great computer programmers in the U.S.  Even more so here in the Silicon Slopes of Utah.  So, the hundreds of technology companies here are on the hunt for senior programming help in every tech fishing hole.  New entrepreneur startups and investors say that a great software engineer is the hardest person to find for the A-Team.

Finding one is like catching that 10 pound large mouth bass ...

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Entrepreneurs Face Fear, Failure and Keep Going!

Entrepreneurs, like everyone else face fear on a regular basis. Domo CEO Josh James, who sold his company Omniture for $1.6 billion once confessed to being curled up on the floor at home, overcome by the magnitude of his perceived failure. With a kick in the pants from his awesome spouse, he eventually found his footing and his legendary success. So, what makes the successful entrepreneur able to face down fear of failure?

Some say an entrepreneur must develop a ...

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