Over the last five years, the Kauffman Foundation has developed an exciting portfolio of projects measuring innovation and entrepreneurship, and perhaps even more importantly, a great network of people interested in these subjects. Through this blog we hope to begin engaging an even broader audience of people interested in these topics. As program officer for most of the Kauffman Foundation's grants dealing with entrepreneurship and innovation data, I, E.J. Reedy, will be the main author but others will also be contributing.
A bit more about me...(from my official Kauffman bio)
"As a manager, E.J. Reedy oversees grants and conducts academic and policy research for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in the field of entrepreneurship. He has been significantly involved in the coordination of the Foundation’s entrepreneurship and innovation data-related initiatives, including the Kauffman Firm Survey and the Foundation’s multi-year series of symposiums on data, as well as many web-related projects and initiatives. Reedy joined the Foundation in 2003. Prior to joining the Foundation, Reedy was a senior analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and had extensive experience in non-profit management. Previously, he was financial director and executive co-director of the Center for Community Outreach at the University of Kansas in Lawrence."
A bit more about me that isn't on the bio...
I fell into the area of entrepreneurship and innovation data by accident. One of the first meetings I ever attended when I started working for Bob Litan at the Kauffman Foundation was a meeting of academics to discuss what Kauffman should do in the area of data. I was not an expert but soon found myself immersed in the topic and loving it. Working to conceptualize and execute the Kauffman Firm Survey was my real introduction into survey-research, and I've loved it. Over the years I have had the great pleasure to work with hundreds of grantees and contractors interested in understanding entrepreneurship and innovation better. In 2006, we reorganized some program officer responsibilities and since that time I have been attempting to leverage the past and future investments that the Foundation makes in data, as well as to be a resource for the entrepreneurship and innovation research communities around data-issues (even for people we don't fund!).