7 Education Stories Guaranteed to Inspire You

Here are seven inspiring education stories that are guaranteed to get you pumped up.

7 Education Stories Guaranteed to Inspire You

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The Sparty Spark: Can Lansing Become an Entrepreneurial Hotbed?

Lansing, Michigan is still in the very early stages of its evolution, with entrepreneurs setting the stage for future economic success.

The Sparty Spark: Can Lansing Become an Entrepreneurial Hotbed?

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How One Small Business is Transforming Schools Into Lean Educating Machines

It’s no secret that America’s school districts are often underfunded and over budget, causing roadblocks for many students to get the education they need. With this challenge in mind, Byron Headrick, fully trained in LEAN Six Sigma – a methodology that seeks to improve performance by systematically removing waste –and his wife Sherri Headrick, a NASA outreach specialist and former professor, in 2009 founded LEAN Frog Business Solutions, which works with school districts to minimize their financial burdens and make their operations more efficient by employing proven business principles. From the outset, Alabama-based LEAN Frog wanted to create lasting change in America’s school districts, starting with the company’s first client. In three months, LEAN Frog, the 2016 Southeastern Regional Finalist, took a local school district’s $17 million in debt and turned it into a $3.5 million surplus. Dedicated to transforming public education in the southeastern United States, LEAN Frog has […]

How One Small Business is Transforming Schools Into Lean Educating Machines

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Nothing Rocky About Denver’s Entrepreneurial Rise

Denver is quietly becoming a haven for tech entrepreneurs and workers. Lauded as one of the best places to live in America—thanks to its great schools, attractive climate and beautiful landscapes—the city is attracting an influx of talent that is eager to take advantage of the city’s inclusive and supportive startup community and relatively low cost of living. For locals, the city’s rise comes as no surprise. “I’ve known the secret for a while, but new people discovering the city’s startup strengths for the first time think our tech resources, community and investments are something new,” says Kristen Stiles, cofounder of Sitter.me, a Denver-based venture with a mobile application that helps parents find local babysitters. While those outside the state may still think tech innovation is the sole province of Silicon Valley and Silicon Alley (a nickname given to New York City’s tech scene) Denver is home to both established […]

Nothing Rocky About Denver’s Entrepreneurial Rise

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NASA through the ages: Spin-off technologies invented by the space agency

NASA may play an important role in space exploration and aviation innovation, but it’s also a driving force behind several everyday technologies. Here’s a look at some of today’s most-popular and formative products that were developed with help from the space agency. Mylar Mylar is a shining example (pun intended) of an innovative piece of NASA technology that is now used in several everyday consumer items. The product was invented in the 1950s to protect NASA spacecraft from the sun’s heat and keep them insulated, according to PBS, and it has since been used on manned space flights as well as thousands of satellites and even the iconic Hubble telescope. In addition to its continued use as a spacecraft insulator, the material is used to insulate computers (and other kinds of electrical systems) as well as balloons. Anyone who has ever participated in or watched a competitive running event will […]

NASA through the ages: Spin-off technologies invented by the space agency

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How NASA is helping
small businesses blast off

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden Jr. has spent his career looking up at the stars. The leader of America’s space agency served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a pilot and later as an astronaut with NASA. His space flights included piloting the Columbia and Discovery space shuttles, and he helped launch the Hubble Space Telescope, which recently broke a cosmic record by measuring the farthest galaxy ever seen in the universe. At the U.S. Chamber’s 2016 Aviation Summit, Bolden discussed how the 101-year-old agency is turning “science fiction into science fact” and revolutionizing the aviation industry. “We’re on the cusp of a new era in aviation; an era where innovation will be cleaner, greener and safer,” he told approximately 700 industry officials in attendance. “An era that will see more of our people working in STEM [science, technology, engineering and mathematics] careers, an era that will see our children and […]

How NASA is helping
small businesses blast off

True innovation

IP 101: What you need to know about intellectual property

As the world celebrates World Intellectual Property Day on April 26—an annual event established by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in 2000—intellectual property defenders have a victory to celebrate. Earlier this month, the U.S. Senate approved a trade secrets bill known as the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA). The bill would afford companies better protection for their commercial secrets—which along with copyright, patents and trademarks are often collectively known as intellectual property. The DTSA now awaits approval by the House of Representatives, where it has strong bipartisan support. The White House has also voiced support for the bill, saying that protecting trade secrets is key to promoting the “innovation that is the engine of the nation’s economy.” Intellectual property theft is a major issue for American businesses. This type of crime costs the United States about $300 billion a year, according to a report by the Commission […]

IP 101: What you need to know about intellectual property

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7 Business Lessons From Mixbook CEO Andrew Laffoon

When Andrew Laffoon was in fifth grade, he didn’t act his age. “I started coding when I was 10, and I was kind of known for taking electronics apart and putting them back together. I was basically the kid who liked to stay inside, code on the computer, and play with electronics,” he recalls. While his innate intellectual curiosity might not have won him any middle school popularity contests, it is one of the reasons why he is so successful now as the chief executive officer of Mixbook, the photo service company he co-founded. Originally designed to let users create customizable physical photo albums, Mixbook has evolved over time to offer card- and calendar-printing services. It has also unveiled innovative product offerings such as Mosaic, a simple-to-use mobile app, and Montage, a web-based service that streamlines the photo book-building process. You’ll Also Like: How Whitepages Thinks Like a Startup For […]

7 Business Lessons From Mixbook CEO Andrew Laffoon

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