Jonathan Ortmans

Building One Global Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Month: May 2015

Sparking US Government Engagement in Global Entrepreneurship

The President’s White House celebration of global entrepreneurship a few days ago had lots of panache and plenty of heavyweights. I sat with founders of famous brands old and new like Steve Case (AOL) and Brian Chesky (AirBnB). We were joined by rock stars in the field like Mark Cuban of Shark Tank and Julie Hanna of the Kiva crowdfunding platform. It was a great display of American ingenuity and the creative spirit that our nation is known for around the world.

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The Quantitative Dimensions of Diversity

This week we look at a fourth indicator of entrepreneurial vibrancy in a given ecosystem: diversity.  It marks the final commentary on the recent Kauffman report.  Comments are welcome.

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Building Ecosystems Starts With Creating More Connections

Whether you use dated expressions like “it isn’t what you know but who you know” or you are deep into “networking theory,” we all know the importance of having communities to turn to for advice or validation. But how important is what Dane Stangler and Jordan Bell-Masterson call “connectivity” in their Kauffman Foundation report offering policymakers a framework for evaluating and measuring entrepreneurial vitality?
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