Looking Back on 15 Popular PDE Posts

aug timeNext week, we will wrap up our last official edition of the Policy Dialogue on Entrepreneurship with a look back to when it began and how it evolved through the years – and then the discussion shifts to Growthology. Since PDE launched, thousands of posts have been delivered to millions of inboxes, covering a wide range of topics and policy areas at all levels – local, state/regional, national and even global.

Below are 15 of the most read posts since PDE adopted its current format and moved to entrepreneurship.org in 2009 before settling in at kauffman.org in 2013.

Crowdfunding Rules Announced. What Next?
by Jonathan Ortmans (Nov. 9, 2015)

While the 2012 Jumpstart Our Businesses Act (JOBS) Act opened the doors for the public at-large to invest part of their income in tech startups, since then the nation has had to wait patiently for the SEC to define and approve the rules setting limitations on who could invest and how much. After healthy debate, the SEC has removed the provision that new businesses can only sell equity to “accredited investors” – individuals worth $1 million or earning more than $200,000 a year.


You Can’t Scale What You Don’t Start
by Dane Stangler (Oct. 14, 2014)

In his new book, Zero to One, the entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel talks about the importance of new companies to economic and social progress. Such progress depends on more people starting companies; more people looking for a better way to do things. Unfortunately, the latest data on this score are not encouraging.


A Hard Look at Accelerators
by Jonathan Ortmans (April 11, 2016)

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.


The Sharing Economy: Access Trumps Ownership
by Lisa Gansky (June 29, 2015)

Cities are platforms for sharing. Throughout history they have been places where we live and work in tighter quarters – increasing the frequency of bumping into others who are interesting personally or professionally. By 2050, 75 percent of the global population will be urban dwellers and all of this is happening at a time when most cities in the world are operating with a diminishing budget. These realities set up well for the age of the urban entrepreneur. 


Cities Take the Lead
by Jonathan Ortmans (Jan. 6, 2014)

While we are seeing more attention to addressing the paucity of useful national entrepreneurship data globally, efforts to develop comparable city-level information have been less of a focus with only a handful of global city rankings. How are city leaders now moving beyond dated “cluster and technology park” thinking to appeal to entrepreneurs and investors?


Cultivating an Entrepreneurial Environment
by Governor Jon Hickenlooper, Colorado (Sept. 29, 2014)

Risk-takers, prospectors, dreamers and doers have forged Colorado’s history, and I count myself as one of them. Just over 25 years ago, after being laid off as a geologist, I along with group of dreamers started the state’s first brew pub, which catalyzed the rebirth of lower downtown Denver.  As Governor, I have worked tirelessly to make Colorado the best environment for others to take risks as well - to dream, to do and to succeed.


Learning to Take the Pulse of an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
by Jonathan Ortmans (April 13, 2015)

“If you can’t measure it, it doesn’t exist,” iconic entrepreneur Bill Gates has famously said. But, when it comes to creating the conditions that allow entrepreneurs to thrive — that is, well-functioning entrepreneurial ecosystems — policymakers often wonder whether what they are seeking can be quantified.


Policymakers Must Match Resolve of Entrepreneurs
by Congressman Steve Chabot, Ohio (Jan. 6, 2016)

2015 was a testament to the strength and resilience of America’s entrepreneurs. 2016 will be a challenge to policymakers to match their resolve with bold leadership, creative solutions and meaningful reforms. As Chairman of the House Small Business Committee, I have worked with Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle to find new ways to empower America’s entrepreneurs and remove obstacles in the way of their success.


State Leadership In Boosting Startups
by Jonathan Ortmans (Feb. 13, 2012)

States have made great policy moves to inject entrepreneurial dynamism to our economy before and can do so again. The Kauffman Foundation’s State of Entrepreneurship Address delivered last Thursday offered several examples of policies states can implement to spur more entrepreneurship. Based on a collaborative study with the National Governors Association, the Kauffman Foundation issued A Startup Act for the States to guide policymakers at the state level.


Startup Activity on the Rise, but Room for Growth
by Jason Wiens (June 8, 2015)

The U.S. economy reversed a five-year downward trend in startup activity last year with a big jump in the number of new entrepreneurs. With the largest year-over-year growth in two decades, American startups are on the rebound, according to the 2015 Kauffman Index: Startup Activity.


The Golden Years Are Here at Last
by Jonathan Ortmans (October 20, 2014)

We all relish the optimistic curiosity and energy of young people testing ideas and exploring better ways of doing things. However, successful new ventures are invariably formed by teams that bring together not just disruptive thinkers, but experienced people with unique knowledge of their industry. In honor of my mother having turned 80 this year, I look today at the wise “third age” or “encore” entrepreneurs and how they are shifting the paradigm of “retirement” in our society.


Entrepreneurship Seen as Strongest Aspect of US Economy
by Mark Marich (Sep. 14, 2015)

A new survey of Harvard Business School alumni pointed to entrepreneurship as the strongest element of the national economy -- and that it is still improving. Entrepreneurship was joined by capital markets, universities and innovation as significant strengths in the U.S. What is at the opposite end of the spectrum? The tax code, politics, health care and education.


The Untapped Potential of Research Universities
by Jonathan Ortmans (Feb. 15, 2010)

Everyone surely owns an innovative product that has its roots in a university lab, or knows someone that has benefited from the presence of start-ups that formed through the dissemination of knowledge and technologies from the university to the marketplace. Universities have been the lifeblood of many vibrant economies, such as Silicon Valley, whose engine is Stanford University. A key question, therefore, is whether we are maximizing the positive economy-wide impact of these engines for knowledge, innovation, jobs and competitiveness. 


Global Prospects for Startup Legislation
by Jonathan Ortmans (Jan. 14, 2013)

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? That the White House focused on startup legislation in President Obama’s first term is significant. 


The Entrepreneurial University: An Institutional Innovation
by Jonathan Ortmans (May 26, 2009)

Entrepreneurship is increasingly recognized as central to economic growth and universities, particularly research universities, are an important component of any innovation economy. Universities have long been instrumental in developing much of the innovation that benefits our lives. A key question, therefore, is how well universities are prepared to support the transition to a more entrepreneurial economy. The various successful experiences from around the world show that shaping entrepreneurial universities requires commitment to institutional innovation.


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