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Denver Builds a Rail System to Grow on for the Mile High City

Feb 20, 2014

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.

4 Negotiation Tips You Learned as a Kid

Feb 18, 2014

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”?

Will Europe Challenge the U.S. in Startup Dominance?

Feb 21, 2014

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.

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back? Austin Two-Steps With Tech Startups Again

Feb 13, 2014

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.

The Businessman Behind the Monuments Men

Feb 7, 2014

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.

Dell’s Secret Weapon: Entrepreneur-in-Residence Ingrid Vanderveldt

Feb 6, 2014

Dell wants to help the disruptors. In fact, Dell wants to be one of the disruptors. The company its founder calls “the world’s largest startup” is going back to its roots. The recent “Beginnings” ad shows the humble starts of companies like Under Armour, Skype, and Dropbox that have become part of the American vernacular. The ad concludes with Dell itself, launched in a humble dorm room in 1984.

On Cloud Nine: WalkMe is a Cloud-based Startup Success Story

Feb 3, 2014

Seeing his mother struggling to complete a task while online banking one day gave Eyal Cohen an idea. Why not create pop-up balloons that would provide step-by-step-instructions?

With that, WalkMe was born. The cloud-based startup launched in 2012 as an interactive online guidance system for businesses to simplify their customers’ online experience.

Is Your State One of America's Energy Leaders? (Infographic)

Jan 31, 2014

Thanks to surging production in the country’s oil and gas shale regions, the U.S. is importing significantly less oil and bolstering its energy independence. The Energy Information Agency expects U.S. crude imports this year to average 6.7 million barrels a day, down by nearly a million barrels a day from 2013 averages. The decline comes amid a boom in oil and gas production in places such as North Dakota, where monthly output has nearly quadrupled over the past four years.

Forget a Mentor. Find a Sponsor if You Want to Succeed

Jan 27, 2014

Have you found your sponsor yet?

Not a mentor, a sponsor. Sure, a mentor is important in helping to define your dream and understand your world. But it’s a sponsor that’s the dream-enabler, says Sylvia Ann Hewlett, a scholar, author and president and CEO of the Center for Talent Innovation (CTI). A sponsor is key for really fast-tracking your career, she says, connecting you with the right people and supporting your ascent.

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