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Rebuilding Pittsburgh's Entrepreneurial Economy Part 3: The early capital gap

Local start-ups have raised tens of millions of dollars in recent years. But a shift in the venture capital industry toward later-stage firms has created problems for entrepreneurs looking for early capital. Will that change with Pittsburgh producing more successful exits such as Knopp Neurosciences?

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Rebuilding Pittsburgh's Entrepreneurial Economy: The talent search

It's easier to recruit top talent to Pittsburgh than it used to be with Google, our great research universities and a growing roster of startups. Recent data shows that Pittsburgh employed computer and information research scientists at more than twice the national rate and nuclear engineers at more than ten times the national rate. So why look elsewhere? In the second of a series, we take a closer look at the strengths and weaknesses of our talent pool in bolstering our economy.

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Rebuilding an entrepreneurial economy: Pittsburgh's next comeback

In the first of a series of articles, read how Pittsburgh is rebuilding its reputation for innovation and entrepreneurial excellence. Despite barriers, investors and entrepreneurs agree Pittsburgh has made tremendous strides in business creation. Technology flows more freely from universities. Economic development agencies actively assist startups. And the city’s image has improved significantly in recent years.

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Photo slide show: Phipps' Center for Sustainable Landscapes

When it opens today, the Center for Sustainable Landscapes at Phipps will be one of the greenest buildings on earth. It will generate its own renewable energy, treat and reuse water capture onsite and much more. And it will look fabulous, too. See it first in this photo slide show.

Linda Lane: Keep the main thing the main thing

Linda Lane has a daunting task: shepherding the city’s school district through some of its biggest challenges in history while remaining a hands-on educator.

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How to really use social media effectively: an interview with Dr. Andrew Stephen

When a trusted grad student told us about his "brilliant and pragmatic" social media professor at the Katz Business School, we bit. In this interview, Dr. Andrew Stephen answers our many questions, from the biggest mistakes made in social media to what national companies and local groups are doing it right, and why.  

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A hotbed of innovation: What's new at Carnegie Mellon

At Carnegie Mellon, students and faculty alike are inspired to create technologies that change the world. So when a CMU grad and four-time entrepreneur returned to campus, they lined up the best and the brightest to present their ideas to him. Here's the insider view.

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A European perspective of Pittsburgh

As a New Yorker architecture critic once said, if Pittsburgh were in the heart of Europe, people would travel hundreds of miles out of their way to see it. This German blogger would agree as she chimes in with her own highly favorable impressions of Pittsburgh, from her favorite bridge to her favorite view. If you don't better appreciate your city after this, we suggest a trip to Europe (via that direct Paris flight).

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New life for old buildings: Adaptive reuse in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh is filled with outstanding examples of adaptive reuse, the re-purposing of older properties for a different use. It's cheaper than new development, with easier financing, and usually results in superior projects. From theaters to schools to hospitals, here's a rundown on what's been done and what's left to be re-imagined.

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Tech Talk: Flashgroup, made in Pittsburgh. Staying in Pittsburgh.

Who says you can't grow a startup in Pittsburgh with top-tier VC funding from elsewhere? Meet Flashgroup, and the two Carnegie Mellon computer science profs behind it.

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Tech Talk: Courting international startups

Pittsburgh offers a climate of innovation, partnership and entrepreneurial support that foreign startups cannot find in other cities, says Babs Carryer in this column. A few powerful partnerships, including the Carnegie Mellon-Portugal Program, resulted in some key Portugal startups visiting Pittsburgh last week. Here's her report on what happened and what could lie ahead.

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Pop Filter Hot Pick: Distinctively Dutch Festival launches Downtown

For the next three months, the cutting-edge culture of the Netherlands will converge on Downtown's Cultural District and arts venues around town. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is set to kick off its Distinctively Dutch Festival, packed with two dozen events, work by 75 artists, ambitious world premieres, and a festival buzz that can already be felt.

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Pop Filter Hot Pick: 10 new shows open at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts

Ten new art exhibits will converge under one roof this Friday night, when Pittsburgh Center for the Arts hosts an opening party for its latest round of solo shows. From trash-inspired sculpture made from taxidermy and body bags to mixed-media paintings that reference videos of the tsunami in Japan, the presentation showcases and impressive crop of regional talent.

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Let's Move: Tackling childhood obesity in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh leads in too many categories when it comes to the national epidemic of childhood obesity. But one local group wants to take a run at the problem. Turns out, there's much that can be done.

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Who says you can't grow a drug company in Pittsburgh?

They said it couldn't be done in Pittsburgh but Knopp Neurosciences, a startup gem, proves otherwise. Step by step, Babs Carryer explains how they grew a drug company here with all the talent needed.
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