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Who Do You Trust? Government or Entrepreneurs?
Who will lead us out of this recession? The answer seems fairly clear for a majority of the American public. A new survey by the Kauffman Foundation shows a strong public sentiment that government should be doing more to encourage entrepreneurship. Nearly 3-to-1 (63 percent... [More]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on March 23, 2009
Category:  General 
New Programs to Support Small Business Lending
The Obama Administration seems to be warming up to an important fact: entrepreneurs will be the real drivers of new job creation and economic recovery.  The latest evidence comes from last Monday’s White House announcement of a series of measures to help address the credit... [More]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on March 23, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Innovation at Small Firms
The latest report from the Intuit Future of Small Business series takes a look at how small firms innovate. The report notes that, while small business owners are natural innovators, few view themselves in this manner. Instead, they refer to “tweaks,” “improvements,” or “experiments.” To... [More]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on March 23, 2009
Category:  General 
Innovation in Manufacturing
A new Boston Consulting Group study examines how American manufacturers view innovation. Not surprisingly, they recognize that innovation is a key to future success, but they are not happy with their own firms’ performance. Only 43 percent of surveyed executives are happy with the return... [More]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on March 23, 2009
Category:  General  Global 
Combing the World in Search of Start-up Talent
Our new generation of entrepreneurs are global in their mindsets. This week, I argue that we should approach innovation in a similar fashion, taking steps to boost R&D and the commercialization of new technologies at home, while at the same time scouring the world to... [More]
Posted by: Jonathan Ortmans
on March 23, 2009
Category:  Global 
The Power of Entrepreneurial Development Systems
Several years ago, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation provided grants to six rural regions to begin an effort to develop local entrepreneurial development systems, which were designed to provide a range of support services to aspiring entrepreneurs and existing businesses. The Aspen Institute has recently published... [More]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on March 22, 2009
Category:  Education  General 
Next PDE Briefing to Address Immigration & Innovation
The next PDE briefing on Capitol Hill will look at the much-discussed and debated issue of what to do about foreign talent as we try to jumpstart the economy. Innovation, Immigration & the Knowledge Economy is scheduled for Monday, April 6 from 11:15 am -... [More]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on March 22, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill  Immigration 
Patent Reform Debates Gear Up
Congress has been grappling with patent reform for nearly a decade.  Several reform bills have passed in past Congresses, but none have made it into law.  A new series of debates is set to begin anew in the 111th Congress.  Last week, the leadership of... [More]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on March 16, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill  Intellectual Property 
Nordic Innovation Monitor
Over the past decade, the Nordic nations have emerged with some of the world’s most innovative and competitive economies. According to the Nordic Council of Ministers’ latest Nordic Innovation Monitor, the current economic crisis may offer an opportunity to help accelerate innovation in the region.Clearly,... [More]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on March 16, 2009
Category:  Global  Immigration  Technology Transfer 
The Need for Speed
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act contains $7.2 billion to help support and expand broadband deployment across the US. A new report from the Information Technology and Innovation Policy Foundation reminds us that these critical investments are not just about allowing us to surf the... [More]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on March 16, 2009
Category:  Physical Infrastructure 

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