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    My name is Penny and my job is unique: I am an improvement district worker.

    What does that mean? I get to create place, community and vibrancy.

    I am currently the marketing & communications director for the Anchorage Downtown Partnership (ADP), which is a non-profit entity that... Read More

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    When I learned recently that Alaska is last in the US in private corporate venture capital investment in early stage ventures, it was not a surprise to me.

    However, after spending a couple months in Serbia witnessing a struggling economy without private investors, I returned to see more... Read More

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    This kid, I've seen him before.

    Now I remember where I know him from. One time I was his entrepreneurship coach for about two hours. He came up with the "efficient pizza carrier" thing. I recall being shell shocked by his enthusiasm (and no, I still don't really understand the product he'... Read More

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    Throughout Alaska Startup Week, you have been reading about why startups are important. They are the source of job growth, contribute to new economic growth, and solve the problems of consumers.

    Yet, only a small number of startups are funded, and those that are funded are not always the... Read More

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    Throughout Alaska Startup Week, you have been reading about why startups are important. They are the source of job growth, contribute to new economic growth, and solve the problems of consumers.

    Yet, only a small number of startups are funded, and those that are funded are not always the... Read More

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    49th State Brewing Co.’s theater buzzed with excitement. Not because a casting producer from Shark Tank was visiting Alaska for the first time (she was, and loved it), not because of a giant blow-up shark “airswimming” above the audience (although that was pretty cool), and certainly not because... Read More

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    Think quickly, envision three successful entrepreneurs: who comes to mind? If Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, or Sergey Brin pop into your head, you aren’t alone. American culture celebrates maverick, young upstarts who upend industries while leading their companies toward unprecedented success.... Read More

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    Like so many kids, Ben Kellie wanted to be an astronaut. He may not be going to outer space himself anytime soon, but Kellie knows more than a few things about launching rockets into orbit.

    As co-founder of The Launch Company, an Anchorage-based startup, he thinks Alaska could become a... Read More

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    Exploration interest remained high in the state’s North Slope and Beaufort Sea annual lease sales held Thursday morning, which netted $28.1 million for the state treasury.

    Winning bids for the North Slope portion of the sale totaled about $27.3 million, the third... Read More

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    Gov.-elect Mike Dunleavy has made former state Division of Oil and Gas Director Corri Feige his pick for Department of Natural Resources commissioner Wednesday afternoon.

    He announced the decision Wednesday afternoon during a brief speech at the Resource Development Council for Alaska’s... Read More