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SGeorgeince 1999, we have had the pleasure of George Lipper’s weekly newsletter, his collection of stories on innovation, capital and entrepreneurs, and his observations on the trends that affect our world. George died on Saturday. He worked every day of the week, including his last day. His method was to rise at 3:00 a.m. and read 80 online publications to find the news items he thought worthy to share with you. He was a wonderful friend and colleague. He will be greatly missed.
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George Lipper 1933 – 2014.

George Lipper, 80 years old, transitioned to a new life July 19 after suffering a massive stroke. We will celebrate George’s life on July 23 at 1:00pm at Desert Vista,10360 Sun City Blvd in Sun City Summerlin Community, Las Vegas, Nevada, with reception following.

George led a life of integrity and honor. He entered the Marines fresh out of high school and served in Japan. He told stories of transporting Japanese soldiers for repatriation.
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Stories about George Lipper

Below is a list of stories and messages from readers, friends and co-workers of George Lipper, celebrating his life and legacy.

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08/01/2014 07:28 AM
CJ Rhoads
It is with a heavy heart and tears running down my face that I write this post about George Lipper. I'm now a many-time published author with hundreds of articles and several books. But in 2004 I was struggling, recovering from a traumatic head...
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07/31/2014 01:56 PM
Cynthia Gonsalves
George Lipper. How can one summarize all the stories, events, and adventures with George? There's too many. I had heard of George, but met him only a short 8 years ago. We were at one of the World's Best Technologies Showcases talking about...
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07/30/2014 01:30 PM
Andrea Anania
I had worked with George from 1991 to 1998 at Iowa Seed Capital Corporation. There are so very many stories, but I'll post my two favorites. Story 1 - George had a meeting in a state building and it was close by our office so he decided to walk....
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07/28/2014 04:43 PM
Charles DeNies
I had the benefit of working with George for the last eight years. He always displayed a great sense of humor and a commitment to doing good work that he believed in. Unlike many who work in journalistic circles, he didn't allow himself to become...
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07/28/2014 03:00 PM
Steve Grizzell
George and I knew each other for over a decade. My favorite memory of him was when we were at the National Association Venture Fund's annual conference in Detroit in 2008. George needed a cable for his computer and the closest Radio Shack was...
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07/28/2014 09:18 AM
Louise Anderson
Of the zillions of e-newsletters I get, Lipper Current is one of the most valuable, one of few that I always open. I never met George, but through reading his newsletter, feel like I could tell the kind of person he was. I was sorry to read that he...
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07/26/2014 09:36 PM
Shawna Lipper
I am The very proud daughter of George Lipper. I knew my father as a leader in business and in life lessons. He was the kind of man that always stood by me and guided me in the right direction. He was a curious may always telling me to keep on...
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07/24/2014 04:40 PM
James Burgum
I had never met George but I have read his newsletters for years. Thank you for your passion and dedication to supporting the entrepreneurs and innovators who drive our society forward.
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07/24/2014 04:29 PM
Craig Swope
George gave me my first management opportunity at KDTH in Dubuque. Others have used the word integrity in describing George. They are on target! He was also challenging, knowing that you could do more than you might think. He had a very essential...
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07/24/2014 08:13 AM
Jim Bartlett
I worked for George when he was general manager of radio stations in Dubuque, Iowa, and Macomb, Illinois. He was one of those people who, if they ever had moments of doubt, never let them show--but not in a negative, bravado-filled way. He conveyed...
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07/23/2014 10:40 AM
Dan Berglund, SSTI
While I never met George in person, I felt as though I had. I admired his work and his sense of humor while doing it. He set a very high standard in everything he did and was incredibly gracious to SSTI and me personally over the years. Our field...
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07/23/2014 10:07 AM
Bryna Lipper
My father's work and this community of economic development professionals was incredibly important to him. Each of you stimulated his curious mind until his very last day. He believed strongly in the ingenuity of the individual, but likewise...
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07/23/2014 07:28 AM
Chuck Peters
I first met George in 1994. I was coming from a large public company and was responsible for my first startup company. George was an invaluable advisor and friend during that process. He was a pioneer in the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Iowa. I...
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07/22/2014 11:17 PM
Kirk Haselton
George's newsletter was an excellent email subscription I inherited in a previous job. I continued my subscription and read it every week right up to the last issue, always looking forward to it, saving each issue for the right time to read it....
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07/22/2014 03:32 PM
Amanda Radovic
I have had the honor to call George my colleague for a number of years. Our paths would cross at company retreats and on various projects. Specifically, I remember celebrating his birthday in Las Vegas one year. He was surrounded by friends,...
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07/22/2014 02:32 PM
Cyndie Jeffrey
I met George many years ago in, of course, an online investing forum, and then discovered he and Jan lived in Des Moines, while I am in Ames. We were able to meet a few times for dinner, and I had the pleasure of having dinner with George and Jan...
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07/22/2014 12:25 PM
Mike & Julie Tharp
What to say when someone passes? All of the things you wish you would have said while they could still hear them. Based on our beliefs, they still can. George, thanks for your friendship, wisdom and humor. We enjoyed your and Jan's company. You...
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07/22/2014 10:40 AM
Katie Kramer
George and I met in 2005, when we found ourselves seated together for a company-sponsored dinner. Our task over appetizers was to answer a series of questions in an interview-like style, and then introduce the other to the full group later in the...
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07/22/2014 10:23 AM
Liz Marchi
I relied on George's writings when I first became interested in seed stage capital. You could trust his sources and his information. I particularly respect his stance on CapCo's. He was a good man who believed in fairness and a balance point of...
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07/22/2014 10:04 AM
David Sly
George was a great friend and mentor. His guidance was instrumental in the success of Cimtechnologies Corporation and we all enjoyed and respected his participation on the board. George will be greatly missed.
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07/22/2014 09:43 AM
Michael G. Smith, investor and attorney
George was always gracious and a gentlemen.
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07/22/2014 09:39 AM
How George Lipper Changed Forgottonia By Bill Edley
George Lipper and I met thirty years ago when I owned a small business and served as President of the Macomb, IL Chamber of Commerce. George owned the only radio station in the county and was Chairman of the Chamber’s Transportation Committee. ...
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07/22/2014 09:34 AM
from the Angel Capital Association July 21 2014 e-newsletter
ACA is saddened to learn of George Lipper’s passing on July 19. We looked forward every week to his Lipper Current, a weekly e-newsletter with every important story. It was just one of those emails you wanted to read every week. Lipper was a veteran...
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07/22/2014 09:16 AM
Cathy Renault
I'm so sorry to hear about George's passing. I haven't seen him in person for years, but his newsletter was the best! He always kept everything in perspective. Our whole community will miss him.
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07/22/2014 09:06 AM
Deb Markley
I opened the Lipper Current, ready to scan for interesting items to include in the Center's newsletter, and was so saddened to learn of George's passing. I met George at a time when I was working to understand the landscape of non-traditional...
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07/22/2014 08:00 AM
Fred Beste
I have a wonderful hobby in which my friends share stories and views, and I create a book from them each year. Here is what George sent to me in 1997: The search for my own roots I grew up vaguely aware of apparent differences between me...
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07/22/2014 05:02 AM
Jim Troxel
Man of the Quick Quip George impressed me as being of the Old School. By that, he was a person of unflappable integrity; a guy whose word you could trust. He was intellectually sharp, having done his homework on the subjects that interested him. ...
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07/21/2014 01:28 PM
Bill and Nancy Lord
Nancy and I first met the Lippers in 1988 when we moved from Fort Collins, CO to Des Moines, IA. I had taken a position with Iowa State University in Ames and we decided to live in the capital city to give Nancy more opportunity for a job in the...
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07/20/2014 02:52 PM
Ann Payne
Jan and George became good friends about 10 years ago while Jan found our house for us. Bill and I shared special times with them several times a year since. In my experience, above all, he cherished Jan. George enjoyed stimulating conversation, a...
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07/20/2014 02:52 PM
Bill Payne
I met George in the late ‘90s and quickly became aware of his journalism background, as well as his passion for economic development and entrepreneurism. I was instantly addicted to his NASVF newsletter and spread the word within my network about...
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