Top 10 PDE Stories from 2013
A lot has happened over the last twelve months in terms of the entrepreneurial economy. Twitter went public with the most-talked about IPO of 2013. Moving the other direction, Dell went private as Michael Dell emerged victorious in a very public and contentious battle with activist investor Carl Icahn--and then claimed Dell as "the world's largest startup." There were also major entrepreneurship gatherings in Brazil (Global Entrepreneurship Congress) and in a number of other countries -- like Malaysia, Libya and Kenya -- that don't immediately come to mind when one thinks "startup hotbed."
Now that 2013 is largely behind us, we take a look at the 10 most popular PDE posts from the last year at entrepreneurship.org. In fact, it's a post on one of those emerging hotspots that tops the list.
1. It's Time for Startup Africa -- April 8
Chatter about the promise of Africa is not new. Outside economists have been reminding us about relatively high GDP growth rates; China conspiracy theorists keep us informed about who is buying up the continent’s natural resources; and global aid agencies are constantly rewriting their strategies. What is new is the rise of a new generation of Africans that is actually making things happen.
2. U.S. Women Top New Entrepreneurship Index -- July 1
Female entrepreneurs in the United States benefit from more than just their own personal strengths and aspirations—they also benefit from an environment that is more open to women-led startups than any other country in the world. A new index released last month in Turkey at the Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network conference compared 17 countries across 30 indicators that foster high-potential entrepreneurship. For those hoping for a silver bullet issue to focus policy efforts, there isn’t one..
3. 10 Actions for Government to Promote Entrepreneurship -- October 24
What is going on in Canada? A couple of weeks ago, we pointed out a recent Forbes study that ranked Canada as the ‘best country for business.’ Apparently Forbes weren’t the only ones impressed with the US neighbors to the north as another study emerged last week with Canada on top.
4. Scaling Up Female Entrepreneurship -- August 5
America needs all the talent it can get at home to spur job creation and economic growth. Recently, we have given a lot of attention to the untapped potential of immigrant entrepreneurs. Today, I take a look at other data and ask what we can do to enable more women in America to achieve their full potential as entrepreneurs.
5. North Dakota 'Most Enterprising' State -- May 20
If you are looking for a job, you may want to consider looking in North Dakota. According to a new survey by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the job growth rate in North Dakota is far beyond that of any other state. As policymakers across the country work to foster strong entrepreneurial ecosystems, Enterprising States: Getting Down to Small Business takes an in-depth look at the priorities, policies and programs of the 50 states that are vital for job growth and economic prosperity.
6. America's Loss Is India's Gain -- January 28
This week we can expect President Obama to speak to immigration reform and a new immigration proposal to be unveiled in the Senate. I have discussed in this blog the importance of creating a U.S. Startup Visa for high skilled immigrants—but only in the context of America’s loss. We take a look today on what America's loss in terms of brainpower and innovation skills means for one nation—India.
7. MIT Most Highly Regarded University Innovation Ecosystem -- April 8
Ask an expert which university has the leading university-based technology innovation ecosystem in the world and you are likely to hear them say “MIT.” A ranking of 120 universities that demonstrate a “decisive impact and significant contribution in the field of entrepreneurship and innovation” has pointed to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as the world leader.
8. Malaysia in the Limelight -- July 15
Pressing ahead with its plan to build an entrepreneurial economy, Malaysia’s Ministry of Finance will host the fourth Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) on October 11-12, 2013. With the expected participation of U.S. President Barack Obama and other heads of state, the summit in Kuala Lumpur is set to be a milestone for Malaysia’s quest to become an entrepreneurship hub. I met with the planners in Kuala Lumpur recently to discuss progress.
9. A Growing Entrepreneurship Data Chest -- March 11
The greater availability of data on entrepreneurship is one of the main drivers behind the rush to build better startup ecosystems around the world. By revealing weak areas in a country’s entrepreneurship ecosystem and enabling cross-country benchmarking, more data is yielding important insights for better economic and regulatory policymaking.
10. Global Prospects for Startup Legislation in 2013 -- January 14
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Every year, reports from the World Bank, the OECD and numerous private sector researchers tell us that nations are improving their regulatory environment in terms of reducing the complexity and cost of regulatory processes for starting a business. However, comprehensive reforms to stimulate startup creation are still relatively hard to find. Will the ever-intensifying global race to build strong startup ecosystems from the bottom-up change this?