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Both houses of Congress are in Spring recess in observation of the Easter holiday and will return in two weeks.
The Kauffman Foundation recently announced a partnership with Lean In, a nonprofit organization founded by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg that is committed to offering women encouragement and support to achieve their goals—specifically to help cultivate more balanced teams and more female leaders and entrepreneurs.
Part of the challenge of analyzing data and research while making policy decisions is that the figures are typically based on a not-quite-so-current set of data. A new survey of owners who formed their companies in 2012 is out and it helps shine a light on the environment most startups encounter in the early stages.
In the mid-1980s, a series of technological advances gave birth to desktop publishing (do you remember Aldus Pagemaker?) and made it possible for individuals and small organizations to self-publish—at a fraction of the cost it would have through commercial printing. Fast forward about 25 years and we could be looking at the same thing happening to 3D printing. An 83-year old inventor has created an extruder that converts plastic resin pellets into filament for use in low-cost 3D printers—and he is practically giving it away.
While most attention on Capitol Hill these days centers on the budget sequester—what it means and who is to blame – there are a number of committee hearings that should be of interest. In particular, the House Judiciary Committee has a busy day planned for Tuesday—with three subcommittee hearings on American competitiveness—and another to follow on Thursday. Topics covered in those and other hearings include: immigration reform, patent litigation, the impact of health care reform on small business, wasteful spending, cyber-security and more.
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.
Women entrepreneurs in Africa and Eurasia have a new reason to have a Coke and a smile—actually, 100 million reasons. Coca-Cola and the International Finance Corporation just announced a $100 million, three-year joint initiative to provide access to finance for women entrepreneurs in emerging markets.
While it is a quiet week in the Senate for entrepreneurship and policy, House committees offer several hearings. Topics include: reducing regulatory burdens, patent litigation, STEM education, health insurance and the impact of health reform on jobs.
Each year, 552,000 employer firms open in the U.S. and a fairly stable percentage grow rapidly to become companies that ‘matter.’ According to a new paper from Kauffman Foundation senior fellow Paul Kedrosky, anywhere from 125 to 250 U.S. companies per year reach $100 million in revenues—the first of three criteria that he uses to determine if they matter. In addition to being scalable, the firms must be able to generate jobs quickly and broadly and they must be disproportionate creators of wealth (through profits and salaries as well as through equity). So where do most of these firms emerge?
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