Policymakers adopted messaging and narratives around the importance of enabling “access to financing” long before the more recent policy efforts to support new firm formation. However, although the world of early stage capital has been transformed of recent by the introduction of crowdfunding and the merging of traditional types of angel and venture investing, we still know very little about the impact of recent policy interventions and whether they have increased access to financing for promising new ventures. Read More >
U.S. policymakers continue to debate immigration reform as many try to figure out a way to enable immigrants to start businesses in the United States after satisfying certain funding, employment, and other requirements. Meanwhile, India, the country that sends far and away more entrepreneurs to the U.S. than any other, has a new policy that might help keep more of that startup talent at home.Read More >
With members of Congress returning to Washington after the Fourth of July festivities in their home states and districts, technology seems to be the theme of the week ahead. Read More >
The recent ruling by the California Labor Commission the declared an Uber driver was an employee rather than an independent contractor sent shockwaves through the sharing economy – with policy implications that will reverberate for quite some time. Lisa Gansky was at the forefront of the sharing trend when she founded Ofoto, a photo-sharing service launched in 1999, that was bought out by Eastman Kodak and eventually folded into Shutterfly. Read More >
Members of Congress are back home this week for a state/district work period during the Independence Day recess. They will return to Washington next Monday. Read More >
Aspiring entrepreneurs take different paths to launch their first startup. Some wait until they near retirement. Some drop out of college hoping to become the next Mark Zuckerberg. Others don't even make it that far. For those who decide to pursue an MBA as a first step, a new study from the Financial Times outlines the top programs for entrepreneurs -- with seven of the top 10 in the United States. Read More >
As members of Congress look ahead to the Independence Day recess next week, most talk on Capitol Hill this week will focus on trade and looming spending battles. In the meantime, there are several scheduled committee hearings to note.Read More >
Last week, we highlighted the fact that entrepreneurial optimism in the U.S. was rising slowly. According to a recent study by EY, that isn't necessarily the case elsewhere in the world. Which country has the highest confidence in its own economy as well as the global economy? China. Read More >
In 2014, over 190,000 US entrepreneurs and small businesses exported to consumers on at least four continents. That is an absolutely astounding figure when you consider that the US Commerce Department reports that less than 1 percent of all businesses in America export. For the first time in history, nearly every entrepreneur and small business can use technology to reap the benefits of trade on a global scale, an opportunity traditionally open to only the largest multinational corporations. We are entering the age of micro-multinationals. Read More >
The latest data from the Small Business Economic Trends research being done by the NFIB Research Foundation shows optimism slowly moving in the right directionRead More >
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