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We're from the Government and We're Here to Help
Marich Mark
4/10/2009
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On a recent appearance on MSNBC, Senate Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee chair Mary Landrieu talked about easing the flow of credit and other efforts in Washington to help small businesses. Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy

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Defending Capitalism
Marich Mark
4/13/2009
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With a magnificent stumble highlighting a global recession, capitalism has been kicked numerous times while its down. There is even a new term popping up--"casino capitalism"--to paint it as too fast and too loose. But let's not throw the baby out with the bathwater.A recent...

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Succeeding through Failure
Ortmans Jonathan
4/13/2009
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“Lizard King” John Bello describes his first entrepreneurial venture as a miserable failure. Bello launched South Beach Beverage Co. in 1995. Despite the popularity of other geo-based drink brands such as Nantucket Nectars and AriZona iced tea, South Beach 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.

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A State-by-State Look at Job Growth
Marich Mark
4/15/2009
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A new study by Moody's, an economic consulting firm, is getting some attention on USAToday.com. While the 2009 forecast for the US shows a drop of 3.3%, it projects gains for 2010-2012 across all job sectors--even the sluggish manufacturing industry. In the meantime, what does 2009...

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Payne Recognized for Angel Investing
Marich Mark
4/16/2009
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Allow me to be one of the first to congratulate Bill Payne for being given the 2009 Hans Severiens Award for his contributions to angel investing. I had the chance to talk a bit with Bill at the Inc. 500 conference in Savannah, Georgia a...

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Entrepreneurs 1 -- Pirates 0
Marich Mark
4/17/2009
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Through the Policy Dialogue on Entrepreneurship we like to talk about the importance of creating an entrepreneurial ecosphere to stimulate economic growth. We also believe strongly that an essential element of that is a culture that recognizes opportunities and is willing to accept risk...

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Business Lessons from Miles Davis
Marich Mark
4/20/2009
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If you’re a jazz fan, chances are you’re also a fan of Miles Davis’ seminal 1959 album, Kind of Blue. In honor of the album’s fiftieth anniversary, a group of Harvard Business School researchers sought to tease out some business lessons from the recording.  They...

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Cleantech VC Funding Takes Temporary Hit
Marich Mark
4/20/2009
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The venture capital industry is not immune from the current economic downturn. It appears that VCs, like many of us, have paused to assess the impact on their portfolio companies.The first quarter of the year saw a drop in venture capital investment. The level of...

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In Good Times and Bad, Innovation Can’t Wait
Ortmans Jonathan
4/20/2009
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Every day—while building roads, giving inoculations, sitting at computer screens—individuals are quietly thinking: “I know a better way to do this.” Or: “I could create something new that would make this easier for everyone.”

And then they go back to work, never transforming their thoughts into action. Why does this happen, and how can we unleash these hidden ideas?

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Will We See a Revolution in Energy Technology?
Marich Mark
4/22/2009
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Today the world celebrates Earth Day. This year, advocates of policies to contain climate change probably see hope in the increased federal funding for energy R&D coming from the stimulus bill and this year’s budget.  Charles Weiss (Georgetown University) and William B. Bonvillian (MIT) remind us...

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