From Heptathlete to Programmer then CEO & Founder of Jimmy Beans Wool: Laura Zander Entrepreneurship / Stories / TEDx

You know there’s something special about a person that graduates with a masters degree and enters a PhD program at the age of 21. Constant never ending improvement and hard work are the strengths on which Laura Zander relied to work full-time in College while running the heptathlon in track and studying pre-med and criminal justice. Laura thrived in the learning environment and all but defended...

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The Eternal Learner with a Mission to Invest in Women: Lauren Klein Entrepreneurship / Stories

Since the first day I met Lauren Klein, she’s been investing in women. I walked into the Starbucks off of South Meadows a couple years ago and randomly spotted Lauren and Ashley Jennings working together quietly. I didn’t realize it at the time, but the sale of Girlmade was going down. Lauren and Ashley were in the final stages of reviewing a term sheet. Girlmade, the business...

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Tahoe Boy turned Republican Politician and Small Business Owner: Pat Hickey Politics / Stories

After a few years writing columns and reporting on Nevada politics, someone finally asked him how much longer he would keep criticizing before he did something about it. That was the point at which Pat Hickey ran for office. He had just finished a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Nevada, Reno and jumped into his first Nevada State Assembly race in 1996. After...

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Marmot Properties are Bullish on Reno Entrepreneurship / Stories

After the economic crash of 2008, they lost their jobs just like millions of other people, but with MBA’s in their back pockets, starting a business together put a floor under their risk. The three Raydon brothers analyzed the economy of every decent sized city in the interior western United States. They left out the coast and didn’t look further than Denver. After thorough research,...

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