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Has Entrepreneurship Become Cool?

Mark Marich

Has entrepreneurship become cool?

Of course we like to think so, but it's nice to see that The Economist feels the same way.

About twice each month, the self proclaimed "authoritative weekly newspaper focusing on international politics and business news and opinion" publishes 'special reports' that provide an in-depth focus on a specific topic. In the March 14, 2009 issue, entrepreneurship was under the lens for the first time with "Global heroes: A special report on entrepreneurship."

Of special interest to policymakers in the U.S. will be the section, "The United States of Entrepreneurs" that leads with the following: "For all its current economic woes, America remains a beacon of entrepreneurialism."

Coincidentally, that was a message that we just covered a few weeks ago.

However, the issue also goes on to highlight tremendous strides being made by India and China who are creating millions of entrepreneurs (in "The more the merrier"), as well as thriving entrepreneurial cultures in Israel, Denmark and Singapore (in "Lands of opportunity").

Not surprisingly, the Kauffman Foundation had a significant hand in shaping the special report. The author, Adrian Woolridge, visited the Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City in Fall '08, as he was beginning to plan the section. He spent two days with its senior leadership developing ideas and themes, as well as identifying key experts and practitioners. In addition, Woolridge traveled to India and Singapore with Carl Schramm, president and CEO of the Kauffman Foundation, for stories that highlighted progress in those countries.

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