Jonathan Ortmans

Building One Global Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Month: September 2009

Rockstar Entrepreneurs Don’t Come to Washington

If you have ever been around somebody trying to start or grow a business, you know that entrepreneurs don’t have time for much else,especially not for going to Washington to help keep policymakers up to date on how to encourage high growth entrepreneurship in America—not hurt it. When I first worked on Capitol Hill for a member of Congress on the Ways and Means committee in 1988, none of the emerging companies had offices in Washington.  HP had an informed voice in Eben Tisdale, but he was the exception. Google, started in 1998, only established an office in Washington, D.C. in 2005 when it was already a stable, successful company and then only reluctantly.So the question dawned on me; with entrepreneurs absorbed by the entrepreneurial process, who represents entrepreneurs in Washington?  Continue reading

Seed Capital, Entrepreneurs and Economic Recovery

Last week, I participated in the NASVF Annual Conference inOklahoma City where experts discussed again how to ensure that credit crunches do not negatively impact start-up performance. Continue reading

Matching Youth Unemployment with Entrepreneurship

Youth unemployment rates are soaring worldwide. That rate recently reached 15% in the UK, a record 25.5% in the U.S., and much higher numbers in other countries whereeconomic growth and opportunity have long failed to keep pace with thegrowing number of young people entering the labor force. However, youthunemployment rates don’t have to translate into catastrophe for thatgeneration and those it sustains. The very victims of the situationmight actually benefit from it if policymakers can incentivize them tofollow their dreams.  In the U.S. alone, four in ten youngpeople ages 8 to 21 have or would like to start their own businesssomeday.  These two statistics spell opportunity to me. Continue reading

Entrepreneurs As a Solution to Policy Challenges

In the past few months, we have highlighted through articles and factsheets how public policy can make the path easier for entrepreneurship and innovation. With the Policy Dialogue on Entrepreneurship, we hope to emphasize not only how policies can foster entrepreneurs, but also how entrepreneurship can directly be part of the answer to so many public challenges. Continue reading

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