Jonathan Ortmans

Jonathan Ortmans serves as president of the Public Forum Institute, an independent, nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating the most advanced and effective means of fostering public discourse on major issues of the day.

Learning From Other Nations to Advance a Shared Future of Entrepreneurship

04/25/18
What is the universal language spoken by people from all over the globe? It is the language of entrepreneurship—a means to create innovation and economic security where none existed before. And last week, champions of entrepreneurship from all backgrounds, representing 171 nations, came together to share insights and learn from others about creating a world where anyone with a dream can create something new.
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Promises and Challenges of Digital Disruption

08/01/16
One of the great drivers of innovation today is the promise of digital disruption of complex and regulated industries. Digital disruption is not only behind the public sector’s move toward open government and open data, but is also the rise of civic-centered startups that are changing the rules of the game for traditional industries. It is time for a new wave of policymaking that anticipates a whole new set of issues for policymakers.

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Global Leadership for Entrepreneurship

06/27/16
While the notion that you must be in Silicon Valley to be a successful startup is thankfully less common these days, all eyes were on the region last week, and for a very good reason. U.S. President Barack Obama gathered more than 1000 international entrepreneurs and investors at Stanford University for a landmark summit that included some of the biggest founder brands in the space.
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Thinking Forward and the Gig Economy

06/06/16
The share of individuals engaged in alternative work arrangements compared to the traditional full time “9-to-5 job” in 2015 was 15.8 percent, up from 10.1 percent a decade earlier. What does this structural change in the labor market mean for the entrepreneurial economy?

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Corporations Embracing the Startup Disruptor Threat

04/18/16
As corporations identify challenges within their operations, corporate leaders are increasingly looking to young, startup entrepreneurs for dynamic thinking and innovative problem solving. There is a shifting corporate culture to expand in-house solutions to a more open and collaborative environment, and the startup-corporate connection is a mutually beneficial partnership.
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A Hard Look at Accelerators

04/11/16
In my third commentary arising from programming at the Global Entrepreneurship Congress last month, I share comments about evidence to determine the effectiveness of accelerators. While many startup success stories like Facebook did not involve accelerators, most entrepreneurs now consider them part of the start and scale journey. This has driven demand for the launch of hundreds of accelerator programs around the world, prompting us to question how differences across accelerator programs influence startup performance.
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The Rise of Angel Investing

03/28/16
The recent Global Entrepreneurship Congress brought to light new insights for policymakers as to how the world can develop more robust ecosystems for our entrepreneurs and their investors and supporters. Over the next few weeks I plan to dive deeper into some of the learnings and outputs on specific topics. Today, we look at early stage investing.
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Entrepreneurs and the Economy – A Lot to Be Optimistic About

02/22/16
It is a popular time of year to take stock of the U.S. economy and its future outlook. Beyond the annual State of the Union address in Washington, there are several private sector assessments of entrepreneurship and the U.S. economy, such as the Kauffman Foundation’s annual State of Entrepreneurship address. The question is will entrepreneurs have as big a role as before in the outlook and what do we need to know to assess how America is stacking up against its competition?
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Crowdsourcing Crowdfunding Rules

10/19/15
Crowdfunding is opening up large amounts of early stage capital for entrepreneurs. As regulators struggle to write new rules for this exploding phenomenon, they might do well to crowdsource their own questions and experiences.

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Challenging A Risk-Averse Government Procurement Culture

10/05/15
Young companies face bigger challenges when bidding for government contracts. Yet, until recently, procurement reform has been absent from the discussion table when policymakers debate the role of government in supporting startups.
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