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How "People-Problems" Can Confound Early Stage Ventures
Wendy Torrance
12/13/2013
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Some of the very first decisions founders must make early on in their ventures are crucially important to the future of the business. Many of these decisions concern the ubiquitous "people problems" that challenge even experienced entrepreneurs. When should I found? Should I co-found with someone? With whom? How should we split the equity? Bad or ill-informed choices at critical junctures could have significant consequences for startups. In fact, research has suggested that 65 percent of new firm failures were related to problems within the management team.

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Understanding the FDA perspective
Ryan Amin
12/12/2013
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Paul Yock of Stanford's Biodesign and Jay Watkins of De Novo Ventures led a discussion with Marie Johnson, Darin Buxbaum, Brian Fahey and Peggy McLaughlin on the topic of clinical and regulatory strategy at a recent Life Science Ventures Summit hosted by the Kauffman Foundation (0:25:21-0:33:52).

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4 things startups should judge VC firms on
12/11/2013
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Development partners offer value through experience
Ryan Amin
12/10/2013
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Partnerships in innovation development phases can offer a wide range of benefits in the healthcare industry where experience can simplify complex processes.

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A Lesson Learned in Travel
Thom Ruhe
12/10/2013
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I spent much of Global Entrepreneurship Week traveling. It’s one of the things I love most about my work at the Kauffman Foundation. And in that travel, I’ve learned that entrepreneurship transcends borders and languages—but it is deeply impacted by culture and policy.

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4 critical tech transfer solutions
12/9/2013
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A Look Back at Innovation Daily
Mark Marich
12/9/2013
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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.

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Decisive Action for Startups in Mexico
Jonathan Ortmans
12/9/2013
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Early in his Administration, President Enrique Peña Nieto embarked on a serious mission to fuel entrepreneurial growth by challenging Mexico to better tap into its people’s creativity and boost productivity. On January 11, 2013—less than two months after he took office—he signed a decree that created the National Institute for Entrepreneurs (INADEM). Few governments have institutionalized their commitment to building an entrepreneurship ecosystem as highly as Mexico, which now has a decentralized administrative office of the Secretariat of Economy dedicated to entrepreneurs.

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Pair of Bills Pass House
Mark Marich
12/9/2013
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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.

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US 'Nowhere Near' Top in University Research Funding
Mark Marich
12/9/2013
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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. 

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