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on August 25, 2014 Source: Policy Dialogue on Entrepreneurship


As PDE prepares to expand in the fall and to move to, we look back today at ten of the most popular posts to date as we say farewell to Post a comment and let us know what you thought.

Today marks the 600th edition of PDE News. For 600 weeks, we have blogged about different issues, geographic communities and constituencies within the world’s entrepreneurial ecosystems while discussing how smarter policies could make the path easier for the entrepreneurs they are trying to nurture. Perhaps not being as smart as some of you prolific authors out there, this has been my way of contributing to the thought leadership on these important questions.

The policy landscape has changed since we began informing you six years ago. We have covered the shift of focus from the national level to the local level; the race to the top between countries and then between cities; the shift in focus from SMEs to new and young firms; the way policymakers have obsessed with unleashing more startups to then explore ways to allow more of them to scale; the regulatory lens for traditional startups to entire new business models like the sharing economy; from the fiscal incentives for startup investors to the regulatory changes demanded by the rise of crowdfunding, and so much more.

Ahead of next month’s announcement about an exciting new chapter for PDE, here are some highlights of the work we shared with our readers on

  • 600 Monday newsletters
  • 65 national entrepreneurship ecosystems examined across all continents
  • Over 20 policy areas covererd, including:
    • High-skill immigration;
    • Capital gains taxes;
    • Payroll taxes;
    • Health care innovation;
    • Regulation to set up a new business;
    • Entrepreneurship education;
    • Crowdfunding regulation;
    • Physical infrastructure; and
    • University intellectual property commercialization.
  • More than 20 government policy advisors on startups identified and recognized.

What did you enjoy hearing about? Below is a collection of 10 of the most popular PDE posts on over the years:

  • Succeeding Through Failure
    April 13, 2009
    “Lizard King” John Bello describes his first entrepreneurial venture as a miserable failure. Despite the popularity of other geo-based drink brands such as Nantucket Nectars and AriZona iced tea, South Beach Beverage Co. didn’t resonate with consumers, not even in the upscale Florida community that shared its name. Within two months, Bello knew the $2 million startup investment was heading, well, south.
  • The State of Entrepreneurship in Malaysia
    April 19, 2010
    As we start the countdown for the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship, I want to take the opportunity to highlight a nation where entrepreneurship is starting to bloom: Malaysia. Although not yet a start-up economy, the desire for entrepreneurship and innovation are there, along with a growing number of public policies to support them-- a good recipe to put the economy on the entrepreneurial path.
  • Cities Take the Lead
    January 6, 2014
    While we are seeing more attention to addressing the paucity of useful national entrepreneurship data globally, efforts to develop comparable city-level information have been less of a focus with only a handful of global city rankings. How are city leaders now moving beyond dated “cluster and technology park” thinking to appeal to entrepreneurs and investors?
  • Colombia's 'Bulletproof' Entrepreneurs
    January 24, 2011
    Colombia is the fifth-largest economy in Latin America in terms of GDP. The country boasts one of the best coffees in the world, rich natural resources, abundant gold and emerald production, and a relatively educated populace. And despite its international reputation for drug cartels and violence, the latest Doing Business 2011 ranking suggests things could be improving. Colombia is ranked number 39 among 183 countries in terms of the ease of doing business.
  • Entrepreneurship Data Analysis in 2013
    December 16, 2013
    In my final post of 2013, I summarize my top of mind developments in the world’s entrepreneurship data chest. Next year will herald a new era in evidence-based programming and policymaking as practitioners and policymakers alike—now committed to new firm formation—demand better data and analysis around what entrepreneurship promotion efforts are working and what is hype.
  • Tunisia's Tipping Point
    January 18, 2011
    Last Friday, as I was meeting with Nazeh Ben Ammar, president of the Tunisian American Chamber of Commerce, Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, now the former president of Tunisia, was fleeing his country. As my guest awaited word on when the airport would re-open and Lufthansa would be permitted to return him home to his family in Tunis, we talked about his country, entrepreneurship and a new generation of youth in the Arab region. 
  • Entrepreneurs Called to Disrupt Education
    July 28, 2014
    Skill shortages are a roadblock for high-growth enterprises in many startup ecosystems. Below, I look at how entrepreneurs around the world are tackling this challenge, and how the research community has begun to measure their success ahead of the upcoming GEC2, a global gathering focused on smarter policies for entrepreneurial learning which I will co-host with President Ivo Josipović of Croatia September 22 – 26, 2014.
  • From the Entrepreneurs’ Garage to the Dinner Table
    June 30, 2014
    Entrepreneurs around the world are driving a new agricultural revolution to address the world’s dual food security and environmental challenges through sustainable agriculture technology, or “AgTech”. We need many more of them.
  • China's Chance
    February 14, 2011
    I report in today from Shanghai where preparations are underway for a major global summit on entrepreneurship at the end of March. The recent events in Egypt have put a spotlight on the role of a younger, well-educated generation of entrepreneurs peacefully channeling expressions of economic freedom. China has been miles ahead in reconciling a strong government with messy entrepreneurialism and offers some useful lessons for Arab nations as they grapple with enabling, rather than blocking, their citizens under the age of 25.
  • Startup Visa Act of 2011
    March 16, 2011
    America needs more startups, especially those that might someday grow into high-impact, high-growth firms.  Despite adding more than one million net new jobs in 2010, the U.S. has over 7 million fewer nonfarm payroll employees today than at the end of 2007 when the recession began.  Research from the Kauffman Foundation and others support this notion, with startups accounting for most of the net new jobs in the economy and adding new vitality to the marketplace. 

Although we are saying goodbye today to our place on, I hope you will stay tuned for important news about our graduation to You will see a new look, an expanded thought leadership team and more exciting new things to come for those who follow policies that smooth the path for new firms to start and scale.

But before we go, especially if you never posted a comment before, let us know what you thought by posting a comment today. Thanks!

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