Jonathan Ortmans

Building One Global Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Month: April 2015

Fluidity: How Mobility Enables Entrepreneurial Impact

A great city is “a collection of opportunities of all kinds,” said Jane Jacobs, the author of the seminal The Death and Life of Great American Cities.  In an entrepreneurial city, it is the fluidity with which these opportunities and choices can be used that helps drive entrepreneurial vibrancy.
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Gauging Impact: A closer look at Entrepreneurial Density

Last week, I wrote about a new groundbreaking report by Dane Stangler and Jordan Bell-Masterson, offering policymakers ways to better assess and measure the impact they are having on their local entrepreneurship ecosystem. The report proposes four baseline indicators – density, fluidity, connectivity, and diversity – as a starting point for evaluating and measuring entrepreneurial vitality. This week, I look at entrepreneurial density.

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Learning to Take the Pulse of an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

“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.

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Avoiding a Startup Monoculture

As the number of entrepreneurship support programs increase, whether for fluid talent and ideas or basic startup support, there is more competition for finite resources. Are we unwittingly creating a global startup monoculture? That is a question raised by Amisha Miller from the Kauffman Foundation at the Startup Nations meeting during the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Milan last month.

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