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Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Below, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories compiled from the last week. You can also find a recap of its most popular stories from 2013.
It looks to be a busy week for hearings on Capitol Hill -- at least in the House committees. The House Committee on Financial Services examines the impact of Dodd-Frank's Volcker Rule on job creators while the Small Business Committee discusses how the SEC's crowdfunding proposal will impact entrepreneurs and small business owners. Other topics covered by House hearings include: copyright protection; peer-to-peer business; and PPACA / Obamacare. In the only relevant hearing scheduled (at the time of publication) on the Senate side, drones and the future of unmanned aviation -- along with the inherent safety and privacy concerns -- get a look from the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.
Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week:
Members of the House get a jump on the holiday season and will be in recess this week. Meanwhile, their Senate counterparts have a few hearings scheduled. A hearing on the data broker industry follows a yearlong Commerce Committee examination of how data brokers collect, compile, and sell consumer information for marketing purposes. Also, patent trolls get another look this week, courtesy of the Judiciary Committee, which is also exploring the impact on small businesses from a recent decision by the 5th U.S. Court of Appeals to allow companies to require employees to sign contracts forbidding them from initiating class arbitration against the company.
A lot has happened over the last twelve months in terms of the entrepreneurial economy. Twitter went public with the most-talked about IPO of 2013. Moving the other direction, Dell went private as Michael Dell emerged victorious in a very public and contentious battle with activist investor Carl Icahn--and then claimed Dell as "the world's largest startup." There were also major entrepreneurship gatherings in Brazil (Global Entrepreneurship Congress) and in a number of other countries -- like Malaysia, Libya and Kenya -- that don't immediately come to mind when one thinks "startup hotbed."
Now that 2013 is largely behind us, we take a look at the 10 most popular PDE posts from the last year at entrepreneurship.org. In fact, it's a post on one of those emerging hotspots that tops the list.
Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week.
In last week’s This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy post, we talked about a couple pieces of legislation to make it easier to start and scale new firms that were getting a close up look and vote from the House Rules Committee. Both of them—the Innovation Act (H.R. 3309) and the Small Business Capital Access and Job Preservation Act (H.R. 1105)—passed the House last week and are now on their way to the Senate.
Despite an abundance of world class research institutions like MIT and Stanford, the United States lags far behind many other nations in terms of funding university research. In a recent study by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, the U.S. finished 24th out of 39 countries in government funding and 27th in terms of business funding.
Still perceived by many to be the choice of currency for shady black market dealings, Bitcoin is starting to gain legitimacy as a valid form of digital currency. A disruptive innovation that has led to a number of startups and even its own Silicon Valley accelerator, Bitcoin has already succeeded in challenging the long-held notion that governments control the supply of money. And now it has a Foundation making the rounds on Capitol Hill.
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