When LeBron James seized the national stage to declare his intention to depart for the bright lights and sun of Miami, the 2010 media spectacle known as “The Decision” encapsulated one of the biggest challenges facing the Rust Belt city inside of one (excessively long) 75-minute broadcast.
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We're live at Austin's South By Southwest (SXSW) festival. The event, which turns 21 this year, has witnessed the launch of FourSquare, Gowalla, and the iPad2. It's where Elon Musk famously declared, "I want to die on Mars, but not on impact."
We will be keeping a running feed of news, fun facts, and highlights from the event that you can check out below.
How do we empower girls and women around the world? The answers do not come easy, but five influential women, all of whom will be speaking at the Chamber's Corporate Citizenship Center International Women's Day event at the United Nations next week, have done inspiring work in making the world a better and safer place for women. Here are some of our favorite quotes.
In America’s start-up culture, immigrants play a vital role in launching and sustaining new companies. But the broken U.S. immigration system is stifling that dynamic—an ominous sign for the nation’s ability to compete on the global stage.
Jafar Abbas has noticed a distinct change in attitude among his students. No more yelling out the window, fewer obscenities, and much less negativity in general.
The more positive tone is a good sign not just for the class, put potentially for society. Abbas isn’t an instructor in just any classroom — he’s teaching teenage inmates at New York’s Rikers Island.
Over 150 years ago, a group of gold prospectors from Lawrence, Kansas hunkered down on the banks of the South Platte River in the shadows of the Rocky Mountains to pan for specks of gold during the Pike’s Peak Gold Rush.
Today, a brave new group of prospectors are staking out claims on Denver’s tech landscape and making a name for themselves in this thriving and cheerful metropolis of 2.5 million. But it’s not gold these thirsty upstarts are after, it’s another type of posterity.
When discussions began nearly a decade ago in Denver of creating a modernized transit system to address the metropolitan area's sprawling growth, the business community braced for the kind of divisive debate that can derail major infrastructure projects.
But then something surprising happened. Local businesses, developers, environmentalists, residents and their elected officials got together and worked through their differences to create the conditions necessary to build a rail network that has brought widespread benefits to the Mile High City.
FreeEnterprise.com got to know Red Frog Events when the active entertainment company won the Chamber’s DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year award. The infectiously fun Chicago-based firm has created events including the Warrior Dash and Great Urban Race—it has also created an enviable company culture. Who wouldn’t want to work where there’s a treehouse, a fire pit (complete with s’mores supplies), and a business card deeming you “Master of Monkey Business”?
For Christopher Steiner, being accepted into Y Combinator, Silicon Valley’s oldest incubator, was like winning the lottery. “Everybody wants to get into Y Combinator, but there’s only a 2 percent acceptance rate. It really changed the trajectory for our company,” said the journalist turned entrepreneur who co-founded Aisle50 with Riley Scott in 2010.
When Mimi Fisher bought a discount card to support her local high school’s football team, she never imagined she was buying the ticket to fulfilling her longtime dream of earning a college degree.
In my guest bedroom/office, there’s a framed newspaper cover hanging in a place of pride and prominence. It’s the July 22, 2000 edition of the Austin American-Statesman, Austin’s only daily newspaper. The cover story on Lance Armstrong’s marketability in light of his second Tour de France win was written by yours truly.
In the movie The Monuments Men, a Hollywood “A List” of actors including George Clooney, Matt Damon, John Goodman, and Bill Murray don the roles of soldiers racing across Europe searching for art stolen by the Nazis.
This little-known story would’ve remained hidden to the general public if it wasn’t for the work of Robert Edsel, author of three books on the subject: Rescuing Da Vinci: Hitler and the Nazis Stole Europe’s Great Art; The Monuments Men; and Saving Italy: The Race to Rescue a Nation’s Treasures From the Nazis.