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Message to the Incoming Class: It’s All About the Startups
Ortmans Jonathan
10/11/2010
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The past few months have brought a new series of reports dissecting the job creation phenomenon by new firms, timely at a time when so much of the economic discussion lately in the U.S. has focused on strategies to recover the roughly 8 million jobs lost during this past recession. We already knew that research has firmly established that new firms—those no more than five years old—over the past three decades have been responsible for virtually all of the net new jobs created in the U.S. economy (see 2009 reports “Jobs Created from Business Startups in the United States,” and “Where Will The Jobs Come From?”).  As the nation debates this leading up to the mid-term elections in the United States, let’s further examine U.S. job growth and its relationship to startup companies.

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More VC Leadership at the SBA
Ortmans Jonathan
5/27/2009
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Last Thursday, President Obama announced his nomination for the position of Chief Counsel for Advocacy at the Small Business Administration. The nominee, Winslow Sargeant, is a managing director in the technology practice at Wisconsin-based venture firm Venture Investors LLC. The first thing that comes to...

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National Boundaries are Porous for Global Entrepreneurs
Jonathan Ortmans
3/24/2014
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I have just returned from the Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC) where this year over 5,000 people gathered from 153 countries to talk about starting and scaling new firms.  Of note this year was the fact that the gathering was held in Moscow at a time of  geopolitical tension around Crimea. Given that the Olympics in Sochi attracted less than 100 nations, the GEC last week provided clear evidence of the powerful role entrepreneurs now play on the global stage.

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New World Bank Data on New Business Creation
Ortmans Jonathan
10/14/2010
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While the global financial crisis impacted almost all new entrepreneurs, it began in developed countries and hit their entrepreneurs harder. As a result, in richer countries, new business creation dropped sharply amid the crisis. In contrast, new business registrations in many low-income countries didn't change much. These are the findings in The 2010 World Bank Group Entrepreneurship Snapshots, which presents data collected about newly registered companies in 112 countries and was released recently.

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Old Hands and New Starts in Britain
Jonathan Ortmans
9/30/2013
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Being born in Britain might explain my bias, but I find myself asking again whether we have overlooked the important leadership role of royalty in providing help from the top for bottom-up startup communities. I recently spoke with the Prince of Wales at St. James Palace in London and while he is from a different generation, I heard a man with his heart and mind fully in step with today’s unemployed youth and the path they must beat to create their own future as entrepreneurs.

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Patent Reform Passes: Who Won?
Ortmans Jonathan
6/27/2011
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Last week, a patent reform bill, the America Invents Act (H.R. 1249), passed the House of Representatives. On March 8, the Senate passed a similar patent bill (S. 23) by a broad margin. There is no doubt our patent system is broken with backlogs and litigation, but the bill’s net effect on innovative entrepreneurship is still unclear.

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Perspectives on IPOs
Ortmans Jonathan
7/27/2009
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Entrepreneurs making a decision about obtaining angel versus venture financing should consider a new research finding that there are substantial differences in how angel investors and venture capitalists approach initial public offerings (IPOs).The Center for Venture Research at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) presented...

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President Obama Visits Indonesia On Eve of Schramm Launch of GEW 2010
Ortmans Jonathan
11/15/2010
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“In business, the only certain thing is failure. Especially when you operate in a place like Indonesia,” Sandiaga Uno said earlier this year during his visit to the U.S. for President Obama’s Summit on Entrepreneurship. After being laid off during the financial crisis in Asia in the late 90s, Uno decided to try entrepreneurship to pay off credit card debt and put food on his family’s table. He is now the renowned co-founder of Saratoga Capital, the first private equity firm in Indonesia focusing on natural resources that grew from four workers to about 15,000 employees.

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Press Conference on the Health Insurance Reform
Ortmans Jonathan
7/31/2009
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Yesterday at a press conference at the Capitol, Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship Chair Mary Landrieu, D-La., Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin, Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., discussed the effects skyrocketing health care costs on small businesses and...

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Rebound in VC Cleantech Investment
Ortmans Jonathan
8/5/2009
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In the second quarter of 2009, VC investment in cleantech companies reached $572 million, an increase of 73% in terms of capital, with 48 financing rounds, a 100% increase in number of transactions compared to the first quarter of this year, according to an Ernst...

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