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The Long Road to Crowdfunding

Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) moved one step further in enlarging the pool of capital available to entrepreneurs when it unanimously voted to propose regulations to allow unaccredited U.S. investors to invest in startups and small businesses for equity, as set out in Title III of the JOBS Act. I took a look at reactions to this latest step and how it compares to a couple of other nations on a similar mission.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on October 28, 2013
Corporate R&D Hits Record High, Does It Matter?
The world’s largest 1,000 public corporate R&D spenders recently hit a record high of US$638 billion ensuring life-changing innovation at every turn. Or does it?
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Mark Marich
on October 28, 2013
Category:  Global 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week.

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Mark Marich
on October 28, 2013
Category:  General 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

The pace continues to quicken on Capitol Hill this week with a number of hearings relevant to entrepreneurial development and startups in general. USAID is in the discussion on the future of Egypt and Syria and how it can support broader development (and entrepreneurs) there. Other topics covered by hearings include: a review of the JOBS Act at a year and a half, improving the US patent system, broadband adoption in the US, cyber-security, basic energy research and PPACA implementation challenges.

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Mark Marich
on October 28, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Countries Turn to Entrepreneurship to Solve Economic Woes

As the world economy continues to work its way out of the effects of a global economic crisis, countries of all sizes are turning to entrepreneurship to help drive their recovery. In a few short weeks, millions of people will participate in Global Entrepreneurship Week (Nov. 18 – 24) events, activities and competitions in 139 countries—the largest number of countries in the six years of the initiative.

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Mark Marich
on October 28, 2013
Category:  Global 
Cautious Optimism in U.S. Angel Market
A pair of reports coming out in the last week point paint a picture of a fairly stable angel investing market in the U.S. The Q2 2013 Halo Reportfrom the Angel Resource Institute and the Q1 Q2 2013 Angel Market Report from the Center for Venture Research suggest that year-on-year numbers were either fairly flat or trending upward slightly.
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Mark Marich
on October 21, 2013
Category:  General 
Kuala Lumpur Kicks Off ‘Startup’ Policy Network
Following last week’s comments on the Global Entrepreneurship Research Network, I offer a second and final post on matters arising from the government-convened entrepreneurship summit in Kuala Lumpur. The roundtable discussion among “startup policy” experts on October 12 signaled a new chapter in knowledge creation around how governments can better enable their startup communities.
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Jonathan Ortmans
on October 21, 2013
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week.

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Mark Marich
on October 21, 2013
Category:  General 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

With the federal government back in business, a couple of House committee hearings are on our radar screen for the week ahead. Financial Services examines challenges to capital formation while Energy & Commerce review the evolution of wired communications networks. Currently there aren't any hearings scheduled on the Senate side--but the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship has an archived webcast of a hearing last week featuring small business owners on the impact of the government shutdown.

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Mark Marich
on October 21, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Is Entrepreneurship Contagious?
You can file this under "the impact of networks"--or perhaps more simply, "it takes one to know one." A new paper from the Kauffman Foundation shows that there is a link between knowing an entrepreneur and being one yourself. And while "Getting the Bug: Is (Growth) Entrepreneurship Contagious?" doesn't necessarily suggest causality, it doesn't take a leap of faith to think that connecting the uninitiated to more entrepreneurs would increase the likelihood that they would become entrepreneurs themselves.
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Mark Marich
on October 21, 2013
Category:  General 

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