FROM THE EDITOR
Entrepreneurship: US Becomes a Startup Nation
A recent study finds that the cost of new ideas is rising, that more and more resources are required to produce breakthroughs, This data has led some to conclude that an era of economic revolution is over. Not so, says The Economist, citing the latest annual update from the World Economic Forum. Its ranking of global economic competitiveness records an upward tick for the US, from third to second place (behind only Switzerland). The WEF finds serious strength in American entrepreneurship and its culture of innovation. And an upcoming report by the Kauffman Foundation will state that high-growth entrepreneurship is booming—and across the country, not just on the two coasts. Easier access to risk capital, falling barriers to entry, and supportive local governments are making startups a truly national past-time.
John Howell, Editorial Director
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News & Blogs
There’s a lot we don’t know about what EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is up to these days, as he recently spent $25,000 of taxpayer money to have a “cone of silence” placed around his desk. We don’t know exactly what he’s saying, but it’s not hard to guess. Especially since a freedom of information request revealed who he is whispering to--fossil fuel executives, on a regular basis.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Wireless social tech wizards have a new chance to win hundreds of thousands of dollars in prizes from the Vodafone Americas Foundation. The organization recently announced the 10th edition of its annual Wireless Innovation Project (WIP) in the context of SOCAP17 in San Francisco.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) In the US right now, less than 25 percent of schools teach computer science-related courses. Yet in less than five years, there will be one million more jobs requiring computer science skills.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – There is a growing trend among large companies to include corporate responsibility information in their financial reports. The vast majority (78 percent) of the world’s top companies (G250) now do this, indicating that they believe CR data is relevant for their investors.