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CMU grad gains insight into the entrepreneurial brain

While still a graduate student at CMU, Saras Sarasvathy began a huge project--interviewing 45 highly succesfull entrepreneurs about hypothetical business problems in order to discover the ways these types of minds think.  Sarasvathy's research finds that entrepreneurs tend to display high-functioning effectual reasoning.  Her findings provide several other strategies that make for adept business innovation.

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Burgh Living looks at the Penn Avenue Arts Initiative

Burgh Living launched its new "Burgh Watching" video series this week, starting with an exploration of the Penn Avenue Arts Initiative in Garfield.  The video features interviews with local artists and Councilman Patrick Dowd, and offers unique insight into the project that has helped transform many abandoned buildings into galleries and studios.

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Pamela's P & G Diner wins National Best Chain on Main award

Everyone's favorite pancakery, Pamela's P & G Diner, was awarded second place in the annual "Best Chain on Main" competition.  The contest, created by the Commercial District Advisor and Local Initiative Support Corporation, selects winning regional and National chain stores from all over the country based on their ability to pave the way for commercialization and to sell delicious food and cool clothing. 

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Salt of the Earth is "daring and comforting"

The Week Magazine recently gave glowing praise, pulling here and there from The Post-Gazette, to Kevin Sousa's new Salt of the Earth restaurant in Garfield.  Unfortunately, The Week requires a subscription to view its contents, but fortunately for you Pop City is running what they wrote below:

"This bold new spot has "permanently altered the expectations for what a restaurant, and a singular chef, can accomplish in Pittsburgh," said China Millman in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Kevin Sousa, who made his name creating "experimental" fare for a very small dining room at a downtown hotel, has fully lived up to the grand expectations that grew as he readied his modern and airy new space. There are several styles of seating available, but you'll want to sit at the high stools along the counter overlooking the kitchen: They give you the "best possible view" of the inventive ways that Sousa and his staff combine "cutting-edge and classical techniques." Octopus tendrils are slow-cooked and then browned, resulting in textures that are "fluffy and creamy, with crisp, almost caramelized edges." Sweetbreads with crisp edges are perfect for "mopping up" a fenugreek gravy, which calls to mind a finely spiced Indian curry. Combine all this with the top-notch service, and Sousa and his team have created a dining experience that was well worth waiting for. Salt of the Earth is "both daring and comforting," both "challenging and welcoming." 5523 Penn Ave., (412) 441-7258"

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Google puts $6 billion on the table for Groupon

It's not news that Mt. Lebanon native and Groupon founder Andrew Mason has recently been in talks with Google regarding the sale of his company, but this morning the tech and business world went wild over the news that Google has apparently offered up to a whopping $6 billion for the young company.  Mason had previously rejected offers from Yahoo for $2 million, which many analysts saw as a bold move.  Boldness pays off, as the 29-year-old Mason is about to be a very wealthy man.

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An extensive, generalization-free exploration of all this Pittsburgh reinvention business

Not that we don't love all the great press about Pittsburgh, but sometimes the big national stories about our city's transformation from steel hub to everything that it's become tend to recycle the same rhetoric about revitalization and cite the same shining examples of urban progress, when we know there's  so much more that goes so much deeper.  Hey, we still have a steel industry! That's why we congratulate the folks over at Changing Gears for producing this five-part series that uses written, audio, and visual media to cover neighborhoods, industries, big and small players, and a more penetrating than usual gaze into the crystal ball on the "can Detroit be the next Pittsburgh?" question.  The result is a fairly comprehensive, enjoyable, but serious look at what Pittsburgh has done, is doing, and can do. 

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Espresso your personal business vision

If you've ever dreamed of opening your own cafe, opportunity is knocking. Twice!  The Union Project, the awesome community center in a former East Liberty church, is seeking proposals from anyone interested in inhabiting their cafe space, which closed last year, with their own fresh business ideas.  Proposals are due Dec. 3, so if you're still testing the entrepreneurial waters, The Waffle Shop is hiring a manager. 

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Kauffman Foundation recognizes CMU as a leader in commercialization

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, a private foundation dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship and innovation recently awarded Carnegie Mellon University with $100,000 for the school's commitment to helping commercialize student created innovations and nurturing young entrepreneurs.  CMU was one of only three schools to receive the award.  The money will be used to support CMU's Project Olympus Commercialization Fellows Program, a new business incubator designed to help connect young entrepreneurs to the resources they need.

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ANSYS makes two top tech performer lists

The Pittsburgh area software innovators over at ANSYS have been well ranked on two prestigious tech company lists.  Recently,
ANSYS jumped up 70 spots from its 2009 placement on Deloitte's Technology Fast 500 list.  Additionally, the company was ranked 96 on the competitive Software 100 list.  Both lists were compiled based upon growth and innovation.

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Crafty Pittsburghers revolutionize the means of scarf production

American Craft Magazine interviewed Burgh-based Society for Contemporary Craft exhibition coordinator Kati Fishbein about the organization's current "DIY: A Revolution in Handcrafts" exhibit.  Fishbein discusses ways in which the activist ideologies rooted in the DIY craft movement are quickly seeping into the mainstream craft world, and points to Pittsburgh crafters like Handmade Arcade and I Made It Market as innovators in the socially conscious indie craft scene.

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The equilibrium of paradox: A view of Pittsburgh from a Chicago blogger

"The equilibrium of paradox" was how master photographer W. Eugene Smith defined Pittsburgh in his three years documenting the city in the 1950s, due to his notion that Pittsburgh was a town of multitudinous identities.  Chicago culture blog Gapers Block suggests that Pittsburgh, perhaps more than ever, continues to function as a place that is capable of infinite, simultaneous meanings, and accepting to those who would try to start something new here.  The article lists a wide range of recent organizations, green buildings, and young businesses that are transforming the character of Pittsburgh once again, but points out how there isn't now, nor was there ever, a penetrating cohesion to all of these new developments. 

P.S. Thanks for the shout out to "alternative leaning" Pop City in the fourth paragraph.

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Continuing the conversation about fueling startups

Pittsburgh gets it.  Startups, especially tech startups, are the city's and the nation's future.  But with job growth having gone stagnant throughout the summer, Harold Miller calls young entrepreneurs, investors, and smart people the region over to arms.  Miller's got a solid game plan to ensure Pittsburgh's future as an international hub for new technologies.  Citing recent data that suggests new businesses are the biggest contributor to job growth, Miller says we need to nurture innovative research and development, get our universities to focus research on what could potentially be profitable, provide more seed money, and convince the wealthy to share large sums of money with tech-savvy visionaries.  If you were at Pop City's recent "Fueling Startups" event, or if you missed it, this is a must read.

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LinkedIn Acquires Pittsburgh tech startup mSpoke

Founded in 2006, Pittsburgh based tech company mSpoke has generated a great deal of buzz with its advanced recommendation technology, which helps deliver more relevant information from the web to consumers.  The company, which has deep ties to CMU, has generated so much buzz, that they have been acquired by social networking giant LinkedIn.

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New CMU accelerator program provides a "bootcamp" for student startups

A pilot summer program at CMU designed to help Tepper School of Business grad students create startup companies has received high recommendations from its first batch of participants.  The program, which spans three months, offers an intensive crash course in the art of creating a business, as well as  stipends, for five student lead companies. 

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Pittsburgh makes list of best cities for entrepreneurs

Entrepreneur compiled a list of 50 of the best cities for aspiring entrepreneurs, which were organized into ten lifestyle categories.  Pittsburgh was at the top of the list in the "Recovery and Rebirth" category, which cited Pittsburgh as a prime example of a place where small businesses can make a big difference.

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