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Women-Owned Firms Underperforming
Marich Mark
2/9/2009
Blog Resource
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Last week, we highlighted an effort to promote entrepreneurship among women. According to new research from the Kauffman Foundation, women owned 6.5 million privately-held firms that generated $940 billion in sales and employed 7.1 million people in 2002. And they also underperformed relative to male-owned firms...

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Entrepreneurial Thought Leader Lecture
Siebel Tom
2/11/2009
VideoSeries Resource
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Tom Siebel is Chairman of First Virtual Group, a diversified holding company with interests in commercial real estate, agribusiness, global investment management, and philanthropy. Siebel was the founder, chairman, and CEO of Siebel Systems, which merged with Oracle Corporation in January 2006. Founded in 1993, Siebel Systems became a global leader in application software with more than 8,000 employees in 32 countries, over 4,500 corporate customers, and annual revenue in excess of $2 billion. Prior to Siebel Systems, Siebel served as CEO of Gain Technology and held various management positions at Oracle. He is a frequent industry spokesman and the author of three books, including Taking Care of eBusiness and Cyber Rules, published by Doubleday, and Virtual Selling, published by the Free Press. Siebel is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he received a BA in history, an MBA, a MS in computer science, and a PhD with honors in Engineering.

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Big Ideas from "Green" Entrepreneurs?
Marich Mark
2/11/2009
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The World Bank is looking for a few bright ideas from the next generation of "green" entrepreneurs. It is sponsoring an international essay contest for 18-25 year olds to share ideas for youth-led solutions to challenges posed by climate change. The challenge casts a...

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A “Competency Model” for Entrepreneurship?
Marich Mark
2/16/2009
Blog Resource
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If you think entrepreneurship is as much an art as a science, you might have some second thoughts about a “competency model” for entrepreneurship. But, the model does offer a useful way to understand the various skills that entrepreneurs need to succeed. Developed by the...

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Do Business Plans Matter?
Marich Mark
2/16/2009
Blog Resource
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Given all the attention paid to business plans as precursor to business start-ups, you would think that there would be strong evidence that such plans lead to better business outcomes. Somewhat surprisingly, the linkages aren’t quite so clear.New research sponsored by the US Small Business...

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Energy Discovery-Innovation Institutes
Marich Mark
2/16/2009
Blog Resource
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The quest for clean and green energy is generating a lot of interesting ideas and policy proposals. The latest comes from a group of researchers affiliated with the Brookings Institution that recommend the creation of a nationwide series of Energy-Discovery Innovation Institutes. The institutes would...

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Patterns of Recovery from the Recession
Marich Mark
2/16/2009
Blog Resource
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What do past recessions--and subsequent recoveries--tell us about how companies will recover from the current economic downturn? A new McKinsey Quarterly article sifts the historical evidence. Researchers examined the past four recessions, and found that, contrary to popular belief, the current recession is not...

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Entrepreneurial Thought Leader Lecture
Hennessy John
2/18/2009
VideoSeries Resource
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Dr. John Hennessy has been President of Stanford University since 2000. He became a Stanford faculty member in 1977. He rose through the academic ranks to full professorship in 1986 and was the inaugural Willard R. and Inez Kerr Bell Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from 1987 to 2004. A pioneer in computer architecture, in 1981 Dr. Hennessy drew together researchers to focus on a computer architecture known as RISC (Reduced Instruction Set Computer), a technology that has revolutionized the computer industry by increasing performance while reducing costs. In 1984, he used his sabbatical year to found MIPS Computer Systems Inc. to commercialize his research in RISC processors. Dr. Hennessy is a recipient of the 2000 IEEE John von Neumann Medal, a 2004 NEC C&C Prize for lifetime achievement in computer science and engineering, and a 2005 Founders Award from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Hennessy earned his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Villanova University and his master's and doctoral degrees in computer science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

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NYC Among Those Looking for 'FastTrac' to Recovery
Marich Mark
2/19/2009
Blog Resource
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In times of recession, entrepreneurial activity can experience an uptick as displaced workerslook to make their own opportunities. As the unemployment rate increases across the country, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other community leaders are turning to the Kauffman Foundation's FastTrac program to train these...

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A New Look at American Competitiveness
Marich Mark
2/23/2009
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At a time of historic economic downturns, many American observers may console themselves that the American economy, despite its many challenges, still remains a global leader in entrepreneurship and innovation. After all, prestigious analysis like the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report continue to rank...

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