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Challenges and Opportunities for Angels
Marich Mark
12/19/2008
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While full data for 2008 investments are not yet in, the picture from the Angel Group Confidence Report is that total angel group investments in North America are estimated to decrease by at least ten percent from 2007. Angel groups appear to be focusing more...

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Emerging Economy Entrepreneur Predictions
Marich Mark
12/26/2008
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Endeavor, a leading non-profit that support high-impact entrepreneurs in emerging economies, has recently asked its partner companies for their views on where the global economy is heading. Like angels, venture capitalists and many others, they are feeling fairly pessimistic. The surveyed entrepreneurs are already feeling...

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Small Business and the Credit Crunch
Marich Mark
12/16/2008
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A new poll from the National Federation of Independent Business Research Foundation takes a look at how small businesses are responding to the current credit crisis. Not surprisingly, surveyed business owners are glum, with thirty-four percent agreeing that their business has been “significantly” affected, and,...

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The 2009 Franchise 500
Marich Mark
12/31/2008
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Entrepreneur magazine’s 2009 Franchise 500 has just been released. Subway takes the top spot in 2009, topping 2008’s top franchise: 7-Eleven. Subway, which operates more than 30,000 restaurants in 87 countries, has long dominated the Franchise 500 list. It has held the top spot...

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Tips on the Presidential Transition
Marich Mark
12/1/2008
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Presidential transitions are tricky things, even more so when the country is in the midst of a war and the worst economic downturn in decades. So, the incoming Obama Administration definitely has its hands full as it prepares to take over the White House in...

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Venture Capital Predictions for 2009
Marich Mark
12/26/2008
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The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) has released its annual predictions for the venture capital industry in 2009, and the findings should not come as a big surprise. Venture capitalists (VCs) expect 2009 to be a difficult year. A large majority predicts a slowdown...

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Building the Broadband Superhighway
Marich Mark
1/26/2009
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Most of the current proposals related to economic stimulus call for major investments in broadband, but how do you make these investments in a way that not only provides a short-term stimulus but also generates major long-term benefits for the economy and society. A recent...

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Catalyzing Regional Innovation
Marich Mark
1/26/2009
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Science Progress, a blog sponsored by the Center for American Progress, recently asked a number of experts to offer their thoughts on how the new Obama Administration can best catalyze regional innovation. This effort, "Regional Centers of Innovation 101," is tied with its ongoing Task...

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Comparing Global Data on Entrepreneurship
Marich Mark
1/14/2009
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As governments across the globe have become more aggressive in promoting innovation and entrepreneurship, they have also increased their demand for new data about these phenomena. Responding to this demand, two well-known data sets---the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) and the World Bank Group Entrepreneurship Survey---have...

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Digital Transformation via Economic Stimulus
Marich Mark
1/12/2009
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Invest $30 billion in America’s information technology (IT) infrastructure, and you may create as many as 949,000 jobs. That’s the bottom line number for a new economic stimulus package proposed last week by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF). ITIF researchers argue that the...

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