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Mark Marich

Massachusetts Tops List of 'New Economy' States
Since 1999, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation has ranked U.S. states on their ability to adapt to steady economic evolution. The term 'new economy' may not carry as much meaning as it did when the State New Economy Index was created, but the list uses 25 indicators divided into five categories -- knowledge jobs, globalization, economic dynamism, digital economy and innovation capacity. As it has in each of the previous five editions of the Index (1999, 2002, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2012), Massachusetts claims the top spot. [More]
Mark Marich
on June 23, 2014
Is India the Most Entrepreneurial Country?
A new report takes a look at entrepreneurial activity, attitudes and experiences in 33 countries -- ranging from economic powerhouses to emerging economies -- and points to India as the most entrepreneurial. Perhaps somewhat counterintuitively, the Global Entrepreneurial Report from the Oracle Capital Group points to a collection of developing nations as the most entrepreneurial. In fact, the U.S. is the "only large developed economy to appear in the top ten." [More]
Mark Marich
on June 23, 2014
Category:  Global 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

Trade policy and its impact on innovation in the U.S. gets a look on both sides of Capitol Hill this week. The House Judiciary Committee examines trade secret protection while the Senate Finance Committee explores trade rules to "level the playing field for U.S. companies and workers." Immigration is the topic in a couple committee hearings but they are focused on the problem of unaccompanied minors crossing the border rather than on anything related to high-skilled entrepreneurs -- which gives you a pretty good idea of where the immigration debate stands. Other topics covered by hearings include: digital health care, data mining and privacy, music licensing in a digital world, small energy businesses and more.

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Mark Marich
on June 23, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Today we take a look at a handful of relevant stories compiled from the last week including the factors that make it easier to launch a startup today than ever before, the economic impact of accelerators to the state of Michigan, the UK public's attitudes toward innovation, bitcoin investing and a rash of new languages for web developers.

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Mark Marich
on June 23, 2014
Category:  General 
Survey Suggests Streamlining Regulations Over Cutting Taxes

For each of the past three years, small business owners throughout the United States have been surveyed to assess how 'friendly' their states are toward entrepreneurs and small firms. And each of those three years, Utah, Idaho and Texas have appeared in the top five. Those three states were joined by Virginia and Louisiana in receiving A+ ratings in the latest Small Business Friendliness Survey from Thumbtack.com and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. In contrast, small business owners have placed California and Rhode Island in the bottom five each year. Those two states and Illinois were the only ones to receive an "F" this year.

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Mark Marich
on June 16, 2014
Category:  General 
Regional Data Drive

June started with a lot of activity to improve measurements. At the global level, the “Metrics from the Ground Up: Measurement in Action” gathered members of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) in Washington, DC, to discuss common challenges and solutions for metrics and evaluation. Members include investors, capacity development providers, researchers, and entrepreneurs who represent organizations on the forefront of innovation and rigor in impact evaluation.

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Mark Marich
on June 16, 2014
Category:  Global 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Today we take a look at a handful of relevant stories compiled from the last week including explosive growth in education and crowdfunding, finding impactful federal research and development, legislation that would help biotech firms acquire capital and entrepreneurs bypassing venture capital for crowdfunding.

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Mark Marich
on June 16, 2014
Category:  General 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

The week ahead appears to be a fairly quiet one in terms of congressional committee hearings related to entrepreneurial growth. In the House, the Judiciary Committee takes a look at antitrust law and net neutrality while the Small Business Committee examines procurement reforms. In the Senate, the Energy & Natural Resources Committee will talk about harnessing "a game-changing resource" a day after it is expected to approve the Keystone XL pipeline bill while advanced manufacturing and biotech jobs get a look from the Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee.

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Mark Marich
on June 16, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Exploring the Impacts of Changing the Definition of 'Accredited Investors'
Last week, we highlighted the dialogue going on over the definition of an accredited investor and whether or not the SEC would raise the financial thresholds used for that definition. This week, the Angel Capital Association is hosting a webinar to examine the potential changes -- and it estimates that proposed SEC changes could eliminate as much as 60% of accredited investors. [More]
Mark Marich
on June 09, 2014
Startups Finding the Funding Sweet Spot

When it comes to raising capital for a startup, more is not always better. If you are looking to maximize the return on an exit though, there are a couple of "sweet spots" identified in a new report by Exitround,  which bills itself as a "private, anonymous marketplace for buyers and sellers of technology companies from the small to mid-market."

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Mark Marich
on June 09, 2014
Category:  General 

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