Jonathan Ortmans

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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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Entrepreneurship Law Website
Ortmans Jonathan
7/29/2009
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The Kauffman Foundation now offers “e-Law,” an online community and tool devoted to expanding legal entrepreneurship curriculum and education. The eLaw website is made up of two sections. The public section contains current information for lawyers, CPAs, engineers, scientists, and the general public regarding legal...

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Exploring Women's Participation in STEM Education
Ortmans Jonathan
7/27/2009
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In a hearing last week, the House Committee on Science and Technology’s Research and Science Education Subcommittee examined current research findings, best practices, and the role of federal agencies in increasing the interest of girls in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in primary and...

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Health Care Reform Should Not Tax Employers
Ortmans Jonathan
7/20/2009
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I was alarmed last week to see the House introduce a health care overhaul bill with a measure to punish certain businesses that do not provide health insurance. Companies with payrolls exceeding $400,000 will have to pay a penalty equal to 8% of payroll. Companies with payrolls between $250,000 and $400,000 a year would pay between 6 and 2 percent, and only those with less than $250,000 would be exempt.

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