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Italian Resolve

This week, I am on the ground in Italy where startup savvy policymakers are experimenting with new policies as fast as their startups are testing disruptive ideas. Both are racing in tandem to restore sustained economic growth to the Italian economy.

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Posted by: Jonathan Ortmans
on January 27, 2014
Category:  Global 
Angel Deals Still Down

Toward the tail end of 2013, we highlighted a couple of reports that pointed to a fairly stable angel market in the U.S. The latest from one of those reports, the Halo Report — from Angel Resource Institute (ARI), Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) and CB Insights — may suggest reason for a bit of concern. According to the report, median angel round sizes are down $180,000 per deal since Q1 2013 ($700,000 to $520,000).

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on January 27, 2014
Category:  General 
Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

Bit by bit, entrepreneurs throughout the U.S. are picking up confidence along the road to economic recovery — and they are willing to put their money where their mouth is. The latest Startup Confidence Index from the Kauffman Foundation and LegalZoom shows a greater willingness from entrepreneurs to put personal savings toward new business ventures. Personal savings as a means for funding the startup jumped from 66 percent in 2012 to 86 percent in 2013.

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on January 27, 2014
Category:  Growth & Poverty  General 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy
One of the most commonly cited — and ambiguous — laws of the internet is ‘fair use’. Some consider it a loophole to copyright protection while others — like a couple of witnesses at an upcoming congressional hearing — have called it vital to creative communities or even “the secret sauce of U.S. cultural competitiveness.”  This week, the House Judiciary Committee examines ‘The Scope of Fair Use’ and whether or not Congress needs to adjust the current formulation of fair use in the Copyright Act. Other topics covered by hearings in the House and Senate this week include: financial research, fighting the war on poverty through economic growth, the small business trade agenda and the impact of the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate on full-time jobs.  [More]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on January 20, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Below, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories compiled from the last week on developing entrepreneurial ecosystems, Bitcoin, the Series A crunch, state-sponsored VC and entrepreneurship trends for 2014. 

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on January 20, 2014
Category:  General 
Washington Wants to Reorganize to Serve Entrepreneurs
New legislation introduced this month in the Senate could turn what was anticipated to be a sleepy start on Capitol Hill for entrepreneurship advocates into a fresh look at how Washington, DC, helps entrepreneurs and new firms.
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Posted by: Jonathan Ortmans
on January 13, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Lessons in Entrepreneurial Cities from India
Last week, Jonathan Ortmans predicted that 2014 will see cities take the center stage in entrepreneurship policymaking. So we thought we should take an occasional look at how this trend is taking shape overseas -- starting with a new paper from the World Bank on India. 
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Posted by: Mark Marich
on January 13, 2014
Category:  Global 
Stanford Professor Wins Kauffman Prize Medal for Entrepreneurship
Nicholas Bloom, professor of economics at Stanford University, was awarded the Kauffman Prize Medal for Distinguished Research in Entrepreneurship for his exploration of management practices, firm organization, innovation and technology and uncertainty. [More]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on January 13, 2014
Category:  Education 
SEC Seeking Input on Crowdfunding
The Securities and Exchange Commission is looking for feedback from entrepreneurs and small business owners on a proposed rule to implement equity-based crowdfunding as required by the Jumpstart Our Business Startup (JOBS) Act. 
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Posted by: Mark Marich
on January 13, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill  Red Tape  Growth & Poverty 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily
Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Below, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories compiled from the last week. You can also find a recap of its most popular stories from 2013. [More]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on January 13, 2014
Category:  General 

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