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Startup Communities

By Michael, published November 29, 2012, at 12:30 PM in Staff Picks

In the foreward to Brad Feld's most recent book, Startup Communities, Steve Case begins: During the past three decades, startups in the United States have created 40 million American jobs, all the net job creation in the country over that period. As we recover from a deep recession, our ability to innovate, build iconic companies, put people back to work, and inspire the world will once again be determined by whether entrepreneurs continue taking chances on a dream to start a business. This point demonstrates the importance of Startup Communities.

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Wild Company

By Michael, published September 24, 2012, at 7:40 PM in News & Opinion

Experience is the best teacher. I learn with my hands. If you find yourself saying things like these, perhaps you'll find Mel and Patricia Ziegler's story about the birth of Banana Republic to be an interesting item.

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KnowledgeBlocks

By 800-CEO-READ, published May 21, 2012, at 8:34 PM in Staff Picks

We're very pleased to announce the official opening of KnowledgeBlocks, a subscription-based service and online resource that gives readers access to quality content and business resources, a way to save, organize, and customize the information that is important to them, and engages business authors and thought leaders to help solve business problems and build new knowledge. Among the key features of the site, subscribers have access to the following: Explorations: Every month we publish three business book explorations that examine a narrow subject within a broader business topic. Each begins with a featured book and then branches out in unexpected directions, introducing you to author insights via podcast or interview, other related must-reads, curated links, and brief analyses that will help you build your business knowledge.

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World Changers and Fortune

By 800-CEO-READ, published April 4, 2012, at 7:54 PM in News & Opinion

John A. Byrne, former executive editor of BusinessWeek, editor in chief of Fast Company, and associate editor at Forbes, put out a great book in December with Portfolio called Game Changers: 25 Entrepreneurs Who Changed Business as We Knew It. It's a really intriguing read, especially great for those who love biographies and personalities.

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The Milwaukee Leatherworker

By 800-CEO-READ, published March 28, 2012, at 9:05 PM in News & Opinion

I don't have a book for you today, but a video. From Milwaukee filmmaker Brian Artka, it profiles David Mitchell, the owner of the Mitchell Leather Factory and retail shop on Water Street here in the Third Ward of Milwaukee—just a few blocks away from us. A part of downtown once known for its factories (the building we're in was once a hosiery manufacturer), David is the last representative of the neighborhood's manufacturing culture.

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LeaveSmarter: Carol Roth

By 800-CEO-READ, published November 22, 2011, at 10:18 PM in News & Opinion

Business Strategist and Deal Maker Carol Roth visited Milwaukee last week for our LeaveSmarter series, sponsored by M&I Bank/BMO Financial Group, and Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek. For those unfamiliar with Carol's work, she comes from the investment banking industry, having raised over a billion dollars in venture capital, as well as completing multi-millions of dollars in mergers and acquisitions for her clients. Her philosophy is solid, but straight-truth, as she calls it, "Tough Love For Business.