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A New Year’s Resolution
Ortmans Jonathan
1/4/2010
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Since the economic crisis broke out, capitalism has been under the microscope. Many have blamed evil businesses and market forces for the financial meltdown, and have lost confidence in private-sector engagement strategies for recovery. Luckily, in this country many more have experienced the positive impact of entrepreneurship either directly and indirectly. In a March 2009 survey, 63% of respondents said they “prefer giving individuals the incentives they need to start their own businesses as opposed to allowing the government to create new jobs directly.” A look at the role of new businesses in the economy reveals that it is not a matter of rejecting capitalism but rather of allowing more entrepreneurs into the economy.

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A Note on Bayh-Dole
Ortmans Jonathan
2/22/2010
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Last week PDE posted a note about an idea to improve the effectiveness of university technology transfer in the U.S.

There seems to have been some confusion following this about the nature of the breakthrough idea to improve the U.S. model for commercialization of university-developed technologies. In...

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A Path to Prosperity
Moutray Chad
4/6/2011
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A couple years ago, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) kick-started the conversation on deficit reduction with the release of “A Roadmap for America’s Future.” Since then, a number of organizations from varying ideologies have put forward their proposals to fix the nation’s fiscal crisis. The most notable of these were the recommendations made by the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, which was led by Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson, in “The Moment of Truth.” While many of the recommendations differ, all sides tend to give Congressman Ryan credit for advancing his outline and stimulating the dialogue.

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A Plan for Saving Capital Markets
Marich Mark
5/8/2009
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The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) has recently released its recommendations to restore liquidity in the American VC industry and create a vibrant IPO environment once the overall economy stabilizes. The NVCA’s recommendations rest on four pillars: ecosystem partners, enhanced liquidity paths, tax incentives, and...

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A Progressive Agenda for Fostering Entrepreneurship
Marich Mark
6/27/2011
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Last Monday, I pointed out the latest issue of Democracy: A Journal of Ideas that featured ways government can promote firm formation and growth.

This week, the authors take center stage at the National Press Club for a panel discussion on "From the Ground Up: A Progressive Agenda for Fostering Entrepreneurship." The symposium covers a broad range of priorities. From promoting minority business ownership and enacting smart immigration reform to teaching entrepreneurship in our schools and encouraging innovation clusters, progressives can unite behind an agenda that promotes entrepreneurs.

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A Reflection on the Jobs Summit
Marich Mark
12/11/2009
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A Renaissance in Entrepreneurship Policy in the Middle East
Ortmans Jonathan
11/21/2009
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Throughout the Arab world, policymakers have been paying attention to the power of entrepreneurship. Hundreds of initiatives are being launched to encourage youth to innovate, learn marketable skills and start their own enterprises. The United Arab Emirates and the Arab Republic of Egypt rank among...

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A Rousing Welcome for Startups in Rio
Jonathan Ortmans
9/17/2012
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I recently returned from Brazil, the world’s sixth largest economy, where President Dilma Rousseff, a former Marxist revolutionary, is using pro-growth incentives such as lower interest rates, proposed tax cuts and infrastructure investment to fuel her nation’s quest for sustained economic growth and help more Brazilians stand on their own two feet. That Rio will host the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in March 2013 is obviously important for Brazilians. It might be more important for the rest of world.

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A Seemingly Simple Concept: Cost Matters
Marich Mark
7/20/2009
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Until late 2008, Tom Sullivan served as the Chief Counsel for Advocacy at the Small Business Administration. While he is now back in the private sector, he is still championing the cause of entrepreneurs and small business owners everywhere.  In a recent blog post...

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A Shift in Mandate: Federal Bailout Funds for Small Businesses
Marich Mark
10/15/2009
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It seems like some policymakers have decided to invest directly in the most powerful job creators, small businesses. The Washington Post unveiled this morning that there are a few plans under discussion in Washington to boost job creation and the recovery by making bailout funds...

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