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Jonathan Ortmans

Jobs Act Crowdfunding Measure Goes into Effect Today
Today marks a new era in entrepreneurial finance as the measure in the 2012 JOBS Act (Jumpstart Our Business Start-ups Act) allowing “emerging growth” companies to ask accredited investors for equity investments publicly (e.g., through social media) without having to register the shares for public trading goes into effect.
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Jonathan Ortmans
on September 23, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Ecosystem Physics - Lessons from Egypt
With all the chatter around the Middle East, we welcome a guest post from Mike Ducker. Over the last two years, he has been the Entrepreneur-In-Residence for the U.S. State Department's Global Entrepreneurship Program (GEP) in Egypt, a project funded by USAID and centered on starting, growing and facilitating financing for Egyptian entrepreneurs. His observations show once more the remarkable similarities around the world in terms of how to support startups. [More]
Jonathan Ortmans
on September 23, 2013
Category:  Global 
Startup Community Warming Up in Iceland

Despite the profound impact of the banking sector collapse in 2008 on Iceland’s economy, the island nation ranks 13th in this year’s Global Innovation Index, 14th in the Ease of Doing Business rankings, and 23rd in the Index of Economic Freedom. There has been much debate and disagreement regarding the key steps that put this social-market economy on a path to successful recovery but no one denies the contribution of the more silent actors transforming the economy for the better—its entrepreneurs. I recently sat down in Reykjavik with President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson to learn about the entrepreneurs who are building what they call an “anti-fragile” entrepreneurship ecosystem.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on September 16, 2013
Category:  Global 
Croatia’s Entrepreneurial Impulse

Proud to have beaten the odds arising from a transition to independence since 1991 and the legacy of a war that only ended in 1995, Croatia officially joined the European Union on July 1, 2013. Last month, I accepted an invitation to visit with President Ivo Josipovic at his retreat on the Brijuni Islands and found a nation already embarking on its next mission.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on September 09, 2013
Category:  Global 
The Right Rules and Incentives

Entrepreneurs start and grow companies in spite of government. But Chris Schroeder’s new book Startup Rising: The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East reveals a quiet, unnoticed uprising in the midst of front page uncertainty surrounding the region after the Arab Spring. The entrepreneurs leading the revolution illustrated in his book have not been waiting for government direction and resources. To the contrary, they have become the leaders.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on August 19, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill  Global 
A Message from Taipei

Today I am opening the APEC Start-Up Accelerator Leadership Summit here in Taipei. The summit is challenging 30 startups along with 200 top executives and officials from the APEC region to re-think past assumptions about how the public and private sectors can collaborate to build sustainable startup ecosystems in the region.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on August 12, 2013
Category:  Global 
Scaling Up Female Entrepreneurship

America needs all the talent it can get at home to spur job creation and economic growth. Recently, we have given a lot of attention to the untapped potential of immigrant entrepreneurs. Today, I take a look at other data and ask what we can do to enable more women in America to achieve their full potential as entrepreneurs.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on August 05, 2013
Category:  General 
OECD Takes Startup Pulse

OECD data released in the July issue of Entrepreneurship at a Glance shows that startup rates remain largely below pre-crisis levels. This is particularly so in the Euro area.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on August 05, 2013
Category:  Global 
No Absolutes in the Affordable Care Act

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of the Treasury delayed a key provision of Affordable Care Act (ACA)—the requirement that companies with more than 50 employees extend health insurance to their full-time staff. Then, the House of Representatives passed a bill extending the same relief to individuals, who under the law would start facing tax penalties if they go without health insurance next year. It prompted me to take a fresh look at progress overall.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on July 29, 2013
Category:  Health Care 
Starting Up the Startup Act

It has been two years this week since the Kauffman Foundation took extensive research and data analysis around new firm formation, crafted a single document, and labeled it “The Startup Act.” Renaming the conversation that PDE had started earlier around how policymakers can make it easier for startups to emerge, create jobs and grow, was very effective in getting policymakers in Washington to take a look at entrepreneurship through the lens of helping new and young firms. But how far has America come in getting something done on their behalf?

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Jonathan Ortmans
on July 22, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill 

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