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Ceaseless uncertainty in Washington and mixed signals from economic indicators have not dampened the outlook of new business owners, who express rising confidence in their prospects in the third-quarter 2013 Kauffman/LegalZoom Startup Confidence Index. Released by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and LegalZoom, the Index reports that entrepreneurs’ confidence climbed to 86 percent, setting a new high for the study, which was initiated in first quarter 2012.
During my years at the Kauffman Foundation I have seen firsthand the effect that education can have on the development of entrepreneurs and their companies. The entrepreneurs with whom I have worked have taken the lessons they have learned and applied them to great effect in their endeavors as founders. These entrepreneurs benefited from opportunities to learn critical skills, and from gaining an understanding of crucial decisions or junctures that often can derail entrepreneurial businesses.
It looks to be a fairly quiet week on Capitol Hill. Members of the House are out of town, back in their congressional districts for a constituent work week. Meanwhile in the Senate, the America COMPETES Act—which funds government research and development initiatives and STEM initiatives—is up for reauthorization and will be the focus of a hearing by the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. The health insurance marketplace also gets a look from a couple of committees.
See who made this week's 6 to follow in entrepreneurship
Last week, we hosted Ice House Facilitator Training here at the Foundation. We had people come from across the country and the international community to be trained in how to facilitate an entrepreneurial mindset to members of their community. I had the chance to sit down with one of the facilitators, Rob Elwood, and learn about his reason for coming to this training, and how he sees it benefiting his community in Annapolis, Md.
While exploring Seattle’s startup scene for the sake of our most recent ID8 Nation, I quickly discovered that the Emerald City's entrepreneurial ecosystem, which recently has received comparisons to Silicon Valley, is all its own.
At a Life Science Ventures Summit hosted by the Kauffman Foundation, Huffington Post writer Jennifer Hill led a discussion focused on the players in entrepreneurship (0:11:57 – 0:14:52). The panel included Nick Franano, Avi Roop, Geoff Clapp and Sofie Qiao.
Intellectual property is one of the toughest subjects for life science and digital health entrepreneurs to understand. From dealing with the tech transfer office to hiring an attorney to filing a provisional patent, IP is a common stumbling block for early-stage entrepreneurs.
Lately, there's been a lot of talk about these people we call millennials. Namely, the current generation, Generation Y, those "entitled, narcissists who still live with their parents", according to Keith Wagstaff. From complimentary to derisive, countless writers have deemed it their duty to predict exactly what this generation will add or (as most reports warn) detract from our current society. But the truth is, nothing has been said about the "Me, me, me generation" that hasn't been said about every generation before them.
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