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Entrepreneurship Rhetoric vs. Action in Washington

Venturebeat.com had an interesting guest column last week by Jeff Bussgang, a General Partner at Flybridge Capital Partners.  In “Who will champion entrepreneurship in Washington?” Bussgang reflects on President Obama’s speech on Iraq, where he declared that “Our most urgent task is to restore our economy and put the millions of Americans who have lost their jobs back to work…We must unleash…innovation…and nurture the ideas the spring from our entrepreneurs.”

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Mark Marich
on September 13, 2010
Category:  General  Growth & Poverty 
Start-Ups Continue to “Bloom” in Argentina

In the 90s, Argentina became Latin America’s Internet center, which was a good sign of an entrepreneurial spirit among its people. Endeavor, the United States nonprofit that helps foster high impact entrepreneurship, had its first success in the developing world in Argentina just before the country’s last major financial collapse. Given Argentina’s turbulent economic history, I thought I would take a quick look at the role of entrepreneurs over the past 10 years since Argentina’s Internet startup boom.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on September 13, 2010
Category:  General  Global  Growth & Poverty 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

The US House and Senate return this week from their Summer Work Period. As of now, the following hearings are scheduled for this week... although more may be added as the day progresses. Stay tuned for updates.

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Mark Marich
on September 13, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily (Aug 30-Sept 6)

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America and its founder, Rich Bendis. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week: Innovation Cities Top 100 Index of the Global Innovation Economy (Innovation-Cities.com) ...

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Mark Marich
on September 08, 2010
Category:  General 
Does Silicon Valley Need a DC Lobby?

LinkedIn founder and venture capitalist Reid Hoffman was reported by The Hill saying that entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley could benefit from a stronger lobbying presence in Washington D.C. because their concerns are often ignored in favor of older interests.

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Mark Marich
on September 08, 2010
Category:  General  Growth & Poverty  Capitol Hill 
National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Work

On Wednesday (09/02/2010), the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship held its first official meeting in Washington, DC. This 26-member Advisory Council is part of the Secretary's Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation and its mission is to “identify and recommend solutions to issues critical to the creation and development of entrepreneurship ecosystems that will generate new businesses and jobs.” It will also serve as a vehicle for ongoing dialogue with the entrepreneurship community and other stakeholders.

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Mark Marich
on September 08, 2010
Category:  General  Growth & Poverty 
Obama Administration Weighing Tax Incentives
Several news sources reported at the end of last week that the Obama team is seriously weighing a package of business tax breaks worth hundreds of billions of dollars with the hopes of boosting employment. The Washington Post reported that under consideration are a temporary payroll-tax holiday and a permanent extension of the now-expired research and-development tax credit.
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Mark Marich
on September 08, 2010
Category:  General 
The Structural Features of Entrepreneurial Capitalism

The extraordinary contribution of jobs from new and young firms often is treated as something unique to these firms. A new Kauffman Foundation study, Neutralism and Entrepreneurship: The Structural Dynamics of Startups, Young Firms and Job Creation,reveals an important structural context in which firm formation and job creation occur that helps explain why new and young companies dominate net job creation.

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Mark Marich
on September 08, 2010
Category:  Growth & Poverty  General 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

There are no hearings scheduled for this week as the House and Senate are in recess for their Summer Work Periods. Both are scheduled to reconvene on September 13, 2010.

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Mark Marich
on September 08, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill 

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