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Jonathan Ortmans

Croatia’s Entrepreneurial Impulse

Proud to have beaten the odds arising from a transition to independence since 1991 and the legacy of a war that only ended in 1995, Croatia officially joined the European Union on July 1, 2013. Last month, I accepted an invitation to visit with President Ivo Josipovic at his retreat on the Brijuni Islands and found a nation already embarking on its next mission.

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Posted by: Jonathan Ortmans
on September 09, 2013
Category:  Global 
The Right Rules and Incentives

Entrepreneurs start and grow companies in spite of government. But Chris Schroeder’s new book Startup Rising: The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East reveals a quiet, unnoticed uprising in the midst of front page uncertainty surrounding the region after the Arab Spring. The entrepreneurs leading the revolution illustrated in his book have not been waiting for government direction and resources. To the contrary, they have become the leaders.

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Posted by: Jonathan Ortmans
on August 19, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill  Global 
A Message from Taipei

Today I am opening the APEC Start-Up Accelerator Leadership Summit here in Taipei. The summit is challenging 30 startups along with 200 top executives and officials from the APEC region to re-think past assumptions about how the public and private sectors can collaborate to build sustainable startup ecosystems in the region.

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Posted by: Jonathan Ortmans
on August 12, 2013
Category:  Global 
Scaling Up Female Entrepreneurship

America needs all the talent it can get at home to spur job creation and economic growth. Recently, we have given a lot of attention to the untapped potential of immigrant entrepreneurs. Today, I take a look at other data and ask what we can do to enable more women in America to achieve their full potential as entrepreneurs.

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Posted by: Jonathan Ortmans
on August 05, 2013
Category:  General 
OECD Takes Startup Pulse

OECD data released in the July issue of Entrepreneurship at a Glance shows that startup rates remain largely below pre-crisis levels. This is particularly so in the Euro area.

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Posted by: Jonathan Ortmans
on August 05, 2013
Category:  Global 
No Absolutes in the Affordable Care Act

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of the Treasury delayed a key provision of Affordable Care Act (ACA)—the requirement that companies with more than 50 employees extend health insurance to their full-time staff. Then, the House of Representatives passed a bill extending the same relief to individuals, who under the law would start facing tax penalties if they go without health insurance next year. It prompted me to take a fresh look at progress overall.

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Posted by: Jonathan Ortmans
on July 29, 2013
Category:  Health Care 
Starting Up the Startup Act

It has been two years this week since the Kauffman Foundation took extensive research and data analysis around new firm formation, crafted a single document, and labeled it “The Startup Act.” Renaming the conversation that PDE had started earlier around how policymakers can make it easier for startups to emerge, create jobs and grow, was very effective in getting policymakers in Washington to take a look at entrepreneurship through the lens of helping new and young firms. But how far has America come in getting something done on their behalf?

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Posted by: Jonathan Ortmans
on July 22, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Malaysia in the Limelight

Pressing ahead with its plan to build an entrepreneurial economy, Malaysia’s Ministry of Finance will host the fourth Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) on October 11-12, 2013. With the expected participation of U.S. President Barack Obama and other heads of state, the summit in Kuala Lumpur is set to be a milestone for Malaysia’s quest to become an entrepreneurship hub. I met with the planners in Kuala Lumpur recently to discuss progress.

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Posted by: Jonathan Ortmans
on July 15, 2013
Category:  Global 
Spain’s Patient Prince

Unemployment rates in Spain are one of the highest in the developed world, hovering around 25% this year. Worse, for those under the age of 25 the joblessness rate is more than double (57%). On a recent visit to Barcelona, I met a Prince doing something about it.

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Posted by: Jonathan Ortmans
on July 09, 2013
Category:  Global 
Revisiting the American Story

The free flow of skilled human capital was identified as a top priority at an Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) senior officials innovation meeting I led in Medan, Indonesia, this past weekend. The approval therefore by the U.S. Senate last Thursday of its version of immigration reform legislation was met with keen interest. Why is this legislation so important for the United States?

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Posted by: Jonathan Ortmans
on July 01, 2013

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