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Aug 10, 2016
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Recent headlines signal breakfast has been sizzling at U.S. restaurants. But Smith School experts warn that profitably pivoting to meet the demand is not a sure thing for restaurateurs. "Like any other innovation, consumers get used to it and start to lose interest," Smith School professor Janet Wagner says. Dingman Center entrepreneur-in-residence Harry Geller shares three questions that...

Jul 20, 2016
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Startup founders looking for customers eventually run out of friends and relatives. "Once they get past that first handful of contacts, they don’t know how to get in front of the market in a bigger way," says Liz Sara, founder of consulting firm Best Marketing. She shares three keys to success in episode 4 of Bootstrapped, a Smith School podcast series. Read...

Jun 22, 2016
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Electric car maker Tesla Motors describes its bid to acquire full-service solar power systems provider SolarCity as a move destined to create the “world’s only vertically integrated energy company offering end-to-end clean energy products to our customers.” But Smith School management professor Brent Goldfarb says such a move is destined to fall flat. He explains his rationale....

Jun 08, 2016
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The Fontainebleau in Miami Beach provided a suitable venue for the National Parking Association’s most recent convention for at least two reasons. Besides the luxury accommodations, the buzzing nightlife at the hotel creates one of the hardest valet parking jobs in the country. “You need 45 runners on a midnight shift,” says former University of Maryland football player Sam Medile, an angel investor and serial entrepreneur who made...

Jun 02, 2016
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Venture capitalists are stars in Silicon Valley, picking and choosing among potential tech giants and riding startups to riches (if they're lucky). But venture capital isn't for every startup, and the pursuit of VC can be a trap, points out Elana Fine, executive director of the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship, at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business....

May 23, 2016
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Weekly Washington Post columns featuring Smith School experts.

May 17, 2016
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In late April, the Robert H. Smith School of Business hosted the Smith Entrepreneurship Research Conference (SERC), an annual conference designed to highlight important entrepreneurship-focused research papers. The invitation-only conference, which is attended by prominent researchers and rising stars, helps researchers determine best practices in linking researchers’ findings to practitioners’ goals. SERC discussions are focused on relevant social, economic and organizational issues in the entrepreneurship field.

May 11, 2016
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The Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business has launched a startup podcast called Bootstrapped. The podcast features founders, investors and serial entrepreneurs from the Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia startup scene. While the podcast covers many aspects of startup life, the heart of the show focuses on funding from both the founder and investor perspectives, thus the name, Bootstrapped.

May 11, 2016
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Michael D. Dingman, benefactor and namesake of the Dingman Center of Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, was on campus May 5, 2016, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the center and honor and recognize the school’s vibrant community of entrepreneurs.

Apr 27, 2016
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Economist and former World Bank official Antoine van Agtmael coined the phrase “emerging markets” 35 years ago, but now says the trend behind the concept is shifting. In a new book, "The Smartest Places on Earth," he writes about “brain belts” — cities reinventing themselves with new technology. Smith School Executive-in-Residence William Longbrake shares insights....

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