Jonathan Ortmans

Building One Global Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Month: June 2014

From the Entrepreneurs’ Garage to the Dinner Table

Entrepreneurs around the world are driving a new agricultural revolution to address the world’s dual food security and environmental challenges through sustainable agriculture technology, or “AgTech”. We need many more of them.

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What’s Ahead for China’s Entrepreneurs?

When China implemented its first economic reforms in 1978, the government accounted for more than 90 percent of GDP. By 2005, public sector contributions to GDP represented less than 50 percent. Does this mean entrepreneurs are thriving?

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Entrepreneurs De-Escalate Tensions with Iran

While no direct discussions have occurred yet between Washington and Tehran on coordinating efforts to stabilize matters in Iraq, the United States and Iran clearly have shared interests in weakening the al Qaeda-linked militia that continues to take control of much of western Iraq.  I recently met with  Mohsen Malayeri, cofounder of the Iran Entrepreneurship Association and CEO of Khavarzamin, who is the driving force behind building stronger entrepreneurship communities in Iran to learn more about our new relationship with Iran fueled by entrepreneurs.

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A Startup Nations Network for Policymakers

Sharing the premise that all boats rise on an incoming tide, a small group of startup policy advisors has emerged to find smarter ways their governments can help new firms start, scale, create jobs and fuel economic growth. I take a look at why Startup Nations emerged and the potential impact it can have in fostering smarter decision-making on behalf of new entrepreneurs.

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Silk Way Renaissance in Kazakhstan

Since its independence in 1991, Kazakhstan has moved decisively to be among the top 50 economies in terms of the ease of doing business and overall economic freedom. On May 23, I joined President Nursultan Nazarbayev of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Prime Minister Dato Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak of Malaysia and Muhammad Yunus, professor of economics, founder of the Grameen Bank and laureate of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 in Astana for a discussion about future prospects in Kazakhstan for entrepreneurs.

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