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Cleantech VC Funding Takes Temporary Hit
Marich Mark
4/20/2009
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The venture capital industry is not immune from the current economic downturn. It appears that VCs, like many of us, have paused to assess the impact on their portfolio companies.The first quarter of the year saw a drop in venture capital investment. The level of...

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Entrepreneurs 1 -- Pirates 0
Marich Mark
4/17/2009
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Through the Policy Dialogue on Entrepreneurship we like to talk about the importance of creating an entrepreneurial ecosphere to stimulate economic growth. We also believe strongly that an essential element of that is a culture that recognizes opportunities and is willing to accept risk...

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E=R... Canadian-style
Marich Mark
4/2/2009
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I saw this tweet yesterday afternoon from @unleashingideas: "...long term, economic growth will be generated from private sector, innovation and entrepreneurship..." PM Harper That's an awful big message to pack into 140 characters or less. It refers to a recent interview that Canadian Prime Minister...

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House Republican Budget Plan
Marich Mark
4/6/2009
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For several weeks, Republicans in the US House of Representatives have been soundly criticizing President Obama’s proposed FY2010 budget as fiscally irresponsible. But, without a detailed budget plan of their own, Republicans were unable to present a comprehensive alternative. Last week, House Republicans unveiled their...

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How to Revive Health Care Innovation
Marich Mark
4/6/2009
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The Obama economic recovery plan includes significant funds to help spur innovations, such as electronic health records, in the health care industry. Program managers in Washington would be well-advised to check out a new book, The Innovator’s Prescription: A Disruptive Solution for Health Care, from...

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Improving Collaboration and Efficiency in Science Programs
Marich Mark
4/29/2009
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Today, the House Committee on Science and Technology approved three bipartisan bills which share the common themes of strengthening inter-agency coordination processes andmaking government smarter. There was no major disagreement in today’s full committee markup; the bill with all proposed amendments was moved to the...

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Innovation in Japan?
Marich Mark
4/29/2009
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Japan’s economy has been in the doldrums for some time, and things are getting worse in the current downturn. If they hope to jumpstart growth, Japan’s leaders need to embrace a new approach to innovation. A new report from Harvard Business School researchers suggests that...

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New Benchmarking Reports: Cyberstates and Rich States, Poor States
Marich Mark
4/10/2009
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Two new national economic benchmarking reports were recently released.The annual Cyberstates study, produced now by TechAmerica, examines national and state trends in technology industry (primarily information technology-related sectors) employment and growth. Despite glum economic news, the technology industry had a pretty good year in 2008,...

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Read Any Good Books Lately?
Marich Mark
4/27/2009
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Twice each year since 2003, we highlight a number of new books that cover topics related to entrepreneurship, business trends, and the like. Our “Summer Books” issue is coming out in June, and we’re looking for your suggestions of books that have been published in...

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Small Businesses Leery of Obama’s Agenda
Marich Mark
4/27/2009
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A new survey sponsored the City Business Journals Network finds that many small business owners are wary of the economic policies of the new Obama Administration.The survey was based on interviews with 301 business owners (42% Republicans, 34% Independent, and 16% Democrats) across the US.Of...

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