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House Gives Vote of Confidence to Entrepreneurs
Ortmans Jonathan
6/1/2009
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As part of an effort to get our economy back on track by unleashing entrepreneurship, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill designed to provide small businesses and entrepreneurs with new and expanded assistance. H.R. 2352, the Job Creation through Entrepreneurship Act of 2009...

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How Big a VC Industry does the Economy need?
Ortmans Jonathan
6/22/2009
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In the midst of much speculation surrounding the upcoming decisions on how to best address the poor performance of venture capital (VC) in the U.S., a new study on VC opportunities and returns offers myth-busting findings. In “Right-Sizing the U.S. Venture Capital Industry,” Kauffman Foundation Senior Fellow Paul Kedrosky draws interesting conclusions on the size the industry needs to be in order to function as an economic force. In particular, he argues that the sector must shrink if VC is to provide competitive returns and secure its own future as a credible asset class.

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Rebuilding An Infrastructure Needs Entrepreneurs
Ortmans Jonathan
6/8/2009
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Cost-effective physical infrastructures provide the essential platforms for the activities of any healthy economy. Modern infrastructure should be increasingly “smart,” incorporating next-generation technologies to manage scarce resources, such as clean air and water, used in infrastructure systems. As our leaders invest stimulus funds devoted to infrastructure projects, it is important that they not overlook the role of entrepreneurs in building infrastructure that supports creative, risk-taking behavior.

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The Condition of U.S. Research Universities
Ortmans Jonathan
6/29/2009
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Four Members of Congress have asked the National Academies to assess the competitive position of our research universities, both public and private. In a letter delivered on June 22 to the Ralph Cicerone (President of the National Academy of Sciences), Harvey Fineberg (President of the...

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The Future of Clean Energy Technology
Ortmans Jonathan
6/1/2009
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The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (ACES) or the Waxman-Markey energy bill attempts to reduce carbon emissions from American cars, power plants and factories by 83 percent over the next 40 years. This pending legislation, which passed the House Energy and Commerce Committee last week in a 33-25 vote, embraces several positive concepts. Most promising is its emphasis on increased funding and infrastructure for clean energy innovation and its rapid commercialization. It is worth exploring these provisions in the bill, as well its flaws.

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A Dynamic Workforce
Ortmans Jonathan
7/27/2009
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It is inevitable that a healthy economy will create new job opportunities, while also displacing existing jobs, as successful ventures survive and grow while others fail– even in good times. The process of job creation and economic growth relies on the constant “churning” of firms. Even so, new firms are responsible for the large majority of net new jobs in the U.S. From 1980-2005, firms less than five years old accounted for all net job growth in the country. This is why we need to approach labor rules carefully.

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Access to Credit Studies
Ortmans Jonathan
7/29/2009
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The SBA's Office of Advocacy recently released “Small Business In Focus: Finance," a compendium of studies offering insights into the ways small businesses have used financing over recent decades. These insights are based on data from the Federal Reserve Board’s Survey of Small Business Finances...

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“Can Washington Power Up Inventiveness?”
Ortmans Jonathan
7/31/2009
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That was the title of the July 20 event of the New America Foundation, in which the Kauffman Foundation’s Bob Litan laid out some principles to provide a sense of direction in the heavy debate on whether innovative entrepreneurship lies in the hands of government...

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Entrepreneurial Approach to Innovation in Pediatric Devices
Ortmans Jonathan
7/27/2009
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The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation announced on July 21st that it is partnering with the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health in awarding a grant to create a Pediatric Medical Device Innovation fellowship team at the Stanford University School of Medicine. The fellowship team is...

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Entrepreneurial Population Dynamics
Ortmans Jonathan
7/28/2009
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An aging country doesn’t strike one as an entrepreneurial society, but Dane Stangler from the Kauffman Foundation put together various pieces of evidence suggesting that we are “on the cusp of an entrepreneurship boom.” In a new report, "The Coming Entrepreneurship Boom," Dane explains that...

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