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  • WEF report: US no longer Top in Tech

    03/28/2007 10:38:40 PM PDT · by AKSurprise · 16 replies · 236+ views
    Flame of Freedom ^ | 03/29/07 | Andrew Surprise
    Here’s something humorous for you. A new World Economic Forum report has stated that the United States is no longer the global engine of technological innovation, but instead has been relegated to 7th place, behind Denmark, Sweden, Singapore, Finland, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. The report authored by a Paris business school measured 122 economies around the world. The ruler for these measurements: “technological advancements in general business, the infrastructure available and the extent to which government policy creates a framework necessary for economic development and increased competitiveness”.Caution breeds stability where infrastructure is concerned. More infrastructure can always be created if...
  • The Exceptionally Entrepreneurial Society

    11/28/2006 6:19:56 AM PST · by Tolik · 15 replies · 866+ views
    tcsdaily.com ^ | November 27, 2006 | Arnold Kling
    If the United States is exceptional because of our entrepreneurial culture, then our natural allies may not be in Continental Europe, in spite of its democratic governments and high levels of economic development. Instead, we may have more in common with other nations of the Anglosphere, as well as such entrepreneurial outposts as India, Israel, and Singapore. "The movement that built the first national democracy was not triggered by an uprising of the masses; nor was it led by intellectual theorists. It was led by entrepreneurial men of means...In fact, starting a business develops precisely the traits that make...
  • From Indian business schools to the top of the world's boardrooms

    08/25/2006 4:54:14 AM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 2 replies · 326+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | Published: August 24, 2006 | By Mary Jane Credeur and Ashok Bhattacharjee
    ATLANTA When Rajat Gupta could not find a decent job in India after earning a degree in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi in 1971, he did what many of his compatriots did. He moved to the United States. ...(SNIP)... "There is a huge demand for Indian executives," said Rana Talwar, the former chief executive of Standard Chartered. ...(SNIP)... Part of what makes Indian graduates desirable is their willingness to move for a job, said Ajay Banga, chief executive of Citigroup's $18.3 billion Global Consumer Group International in New York. "My boss said 'Ajay, you've got...
  • Sweet smell of World Cup for sale [bags of soccer stadium air for sale]

    06/29/2006 7:02:48 AM PDT · by bwteim · 24 replies · 333+ views
    Reuters via The Australian ^ | June 29, 2006 | Reuters
    A CHINESE entrepreneur who once tried to sell land on the moon is hoping to cash in on China's obsession with the World Cup by offering fans bags of stadium air. Li Jie, who describes himself as chief executive of the Lunar Embassy to China, is selling his "World Cup air" for 50 yuan ($8.60) a bag. "The air was packed at the World Cup venues while the workers were cutting the grass before matches," Mr Li told the Beijing Daily Messenger. "You can still smell the grass." Mr Li suggested soccer enthusiasts unable to make the trip to Germany...
  • Russian Young People are Shaking Off the Old Ways

    06/12/2006 11:16:27 AM PDT · by G. Stolyarov II · 264+ views
    PanAsianBiz ^ | June 12, 2006 | Dr. Bill Belew
    "You can never be optimistic about anything in our country because it will likely end up badly," is the sentiment of the old-timers in Russia. Youngsters who do NOT remember the Soviet times do not share this sentiment-- nor do they have the aversion to capitalism that their parents and grandparents no doubt have. Young girls wear spike-heeled boots and tread carefully to keep the mud off. They also manage bank branches that specialize in giving small loans to entrepreneurs. Start-ups were few and far between just a few years ago-- bank portfolios have tripled and clients doubled in some...
  • Musharraf Markets Pakistan at Silicon Valley Conference

    06/03/2006 8:24:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies · 366+ views
    Daily Times ^ | Sunday, June 04, 2006
    President General Pervez Musharraf said on Saturday that high growth and friendly policies had made Pakistan an ideal destination for world entrepreneurs. He said that the country’s economic reality was far better than “distorted perceptions”. In a keynote address to OPEN Silicon Valley’s annual business moot in California through videoconference, Musharraf said the country was shaping up through the construction of Gwadar Port. He said that a network of infrastructure was in place to serve as trade and energy corridor for the landlocked Central Asia, South Asia, the Gulf region and China. “Pakistan today is in an altogether different league...
  • Is the Next Silicon Valley Taking Root in Bangalore?

    03/21/2006 3:18:43 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 6 replies · 395+ views
    New York Times ^ | March 20, 2006 | SARITHA RAI
    Bangalore's flourishing outsourcing companies, including Infosys Technologies and Wipro, have attracted worldwide attention with their global clients and tens of thousands of workers. Less known are the many technology start-ups, like Read-Ink, that have taken root here in recent years. The new firms are drawn by the region's big pool of engineering graduates, many of whom have expertise in esoteric new technologies. That advantage, coupled with labor costs much lower than those of Silicon Valley, is starting to turn Bangalore, long a center for lower-end outsourcing services, into a center of higher-end innovation. Some of these firms are self-financed, others...
  • Entrepreneurship (in Ireland) now near US level

    11/25/2005 10:41:49 PM PST · by Murtyo · 4 replies · 405+ views
    RTE News (Dublin, Ireland) ^ | November 25, 2005 15:28 | RTE News
    A report from cross-border trade group InterTradeIreland shows that there are 324,000 entrepreneurs on the island of Ireland. "Entrepreneurship in Island of Ireland", published in conjunction with Enterprise Ireland and Invest Northern Ireland, shows that 253,000 are based in the Republic and 71,000 in Northern Ireland. These figures include owner managers of existing companies and new entrepreneurs. 'These figures show a very high level of owner managed businesses on the island with 9% of the adult population involved,' said Dr Eileen McGloin of InterTradeIreland, one of the report's authors. She said this figure was one of the highest in the...
  • Ukraine leader's son in new controversy

    08/03/2005 12:05:28 PM PDT · by jb6 · 4 replies · 381+ views
    AFP ^ | Wed Aug 3,
    KIEV (AFP) - Controversy has enveloped the son of Ukraine President Viktor Yushchenko for a second time in a week, amid reports that the 19-year-old owned the copyright to the lucrative trademarks of last year's "orange revolution." ADVERTISEMENT The new scandal erupted as the legal chief of Yushchenko's campaign tried to put to rest a controversy that flared last week, after local media reported that Yushchenko's eldest son, Andriy, appeared to be living beyond his declared means. "Andriy Yushchenko has author's rights to all political brands that were used during the 'orange revolution,'" Mykola Katerynchuk was quoted as saying during...
  • It's India Above China in New World Order (a prescient article)

    07/14/2005 8:22:12 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies · 1,022+ views
    Harvard Business School ^ | 07/28/03 | Martha Lagace
    It's India Above China in New World OrderHBSWK Pub. Date: Jul 28, 2003 Can India overtake China? That's the title of an influential new article in Foreign Policy magazine. A Q&A with authors Yasheng Huang of MIT and Tarun Khanna of HBS. by Martha Lagace, Senior Editor, HBS Working KnowledgeComparing India and China is to embark on an old puzzle that has fascinated smart people for centuries. The newer question of economic leadership, however?Which country will overtake the other in the foreseeable future?" —is an urgent and important one, according to a provocative article in the July-August issue of...
  • If You Can Make It in Silicon Valley, You Can Make It . . . in Silicon Valley Again

    06/07/2005 11:10:45 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies · 665+ views
    New York Times ^ | June 5, 2005 | GARY RIVLIN
    One evening this spring, Marc Andreessen, the first outsize icon of the Internet era, caught a glimpse of his former life while mingling at the San Francisco launch party for Current, Al Gore's new 24-hour cable station. In 1994, when Andreessen was only 22, he and a high-tech veteran named Jim Clark created the Internet-browser company Netscape Communications. Two years later, there he was on the cover of Time, sitting barefoot on a golden throne, dressed in jeans and a rumpled black polo. The magazine cast him as the king of the ''golden geeks,'' a group that popularized the formerly...
  • A leaner, meaner Polish economy

    05/08/2005 11:57:13 PM PDT · by twinself · 13 replies · 456+ views
    Warsaw Business Journal ^ | 9th May 2005 | Andrew Kureth
    The party now favored to win parliamentary elections wants to make Poland a "cheap state," and has outlined an ambitious economic plan that it believes could pull GDP growth up to seven percent per year. Law and Justice (PiS), the current leader in both the parliamentary and presidential polls, has outlined its economic plan which, if realized, could save the Treasury billions, eliminate state involvement in over a thousand companies, and make setting up a business in Poland possible in just three days. Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz, PiS' economic point-man and current leader of the Parliamentary Treasury Commission, told the Polish-Swiss Chamber...
  • Unauthorized rally underway in Minsk (Belarus - Former Soviet State)

    03/25/2005 11:40:05 AM PST · by anymouse · 24 replies · 1,218+ views
    Interfax ^ | Mar 25 2005
    Members of Belarussian opposition parties and movements and entrepreneurs have joined an unauthorized rally in downtown Minsk to show their support for previously arrested opposition activists and entrepreneurial movement leaders, an Interfax correspondent reported. Minsk special-operations police force head Yury Podobed has estimated the number of people rallying on Minsk's Oktyabrskaya square at from 300 to 400.
  • Longleaf Partners Funds Annual Report ("a true

    03/24/2005 12:20:36 PM PST · by baseball_fan · 3 replies · 161+ views
    Longleaf Partners Funds ^ | December 31, 2004 | O. Mason Hawkins & G. Staley Cates
    snip..."One day's discussion revolved around the quality and durability of our security analysis. Could the lack of new names over the last year mean either that our appraisals were too conservative or that we had too few people looking? To help answer the question we identified the best businesses we would love to own around the globe from a qualitative perspective, divided those among the research team, and did fresh appraisals. Our list came to around 200 names, and interestingly, we found that they were trading on average at approximately 100% of value. This exercise led to several conclusions. First,...
  • Meet Joe, and Not Joe Black

    09/23/2004 12:14:21 PM PDT · by LS · 18 replies · 553+ views
    self | 9/23/04 | LS
    In response to s silly liberal story about an average American named Joe, this is a more realistic view of Joe: Joe gets up in the morning and drinks makes coffee that was brought to America by private entrepreneurs from Brazil; the water he puts in his pot is now furnished by cities, but at one time was furnished by private companies/waterworks---and either way, clean water was not available to INDIANS who lived in malarial swamps and who did not have the science to clean water in any event. He takes his medicine, which was researched and developed by private...
  • On Israeli technology and American outsourcing

    09/09/2004 12:03:25 PM PDT · by anotherview · 6 replies · 468+ views
    Israel, Zionism, Politics, and Aliya (blog) ^ | 9 September 2004 | Caitlyn M. Martin
    Thursday, September 09, 2004 On Israeli technology and American outsourcing I saw an interesting piece on Israeli television (IBA News in English, via satellite) claiming that Israel is the second most important technology center after Silicon Valley in California. The statistics cited were startling. The number of new technology startups in Israel is roughly 25% of the number of those in the United States. In addition, the amount of venture capital invested in Israeli technology startups is also around 25% of thet in the United States. What makes these numbers so amazing is that Israel is a tiny nation of...
  • DFU PHONE INTERVIEW: Bill Zachary, one of the founders of W KETCHUP

    08/16/2004 9:50:20 AM PDT · by doug from upland · 11 replies · 741+ views
    W KETCHUP DOT COM YOU DON'T SUPPORT DEMOCRATS. WHY SHOULD YOUR KETCHUP? I just had a delightful conversation with an American entrepreneur. He is both hated and beloved. If you are a supporter of sKerry, he is a member of the dreaded vast right wing conspiracy. Bill Zachary and three of his pals, admittedly after a few drinks, had a great idea a fews months ago at a barbeque. They saw the Heinz ketchup bottle and wondered --- why are we supporting this? We need our own ketchup. Alas, W Ketchup was born. Isn't American ingenuity marvelous? The company...
  • President Emphasizes Minority Entrepreneurship At National Urban League

    07/23/2004 9:45:17 AM PDT · by ConservativeStLouisGuy · 46 replies · 2,224+ views
    White House Website ^ | 7-23-04 | President George W. Bush
    10:35 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Thanks for the warm introduction. It's really good to be here. You know, Marc, you're right, the National Urban League is a vital and important part of the American scene. And I think the reason why is, not only is the mission important, but the people involved in the Urban League are dignified, decent American citizens. And I am honored to be in your presence. I see some friends like Willard who is -- I don't know if you remember, Willard, but we were on the porch of the governor's mansion in Texas. I'm not...
  • Illinois Tool Works: The Essence of Innovative Business

    05/16/2003 10:38:42 AM PDT · by G. Stolyarov II · 1 replies · 353+ views
    The Rational Argumentator ^ | May 16, 2003 | G. Stolyarov II
    Recently I have had the privilege of embarking upon a guided tour of one of Illinois Tool Works’ 600 mini-companies, a strap manufacturing plant near the company’s headquarters in Glenview, Illinois. Signode Strap, a product invented within a firm owned by ITW, is the most prevalent of its sort in the market. It is furnished of entirely recyclable materials (pop bottle remnants) into gargantuan plastic sheets that are conveyed through rollers at phenomenal temperatures of over 300 degrees Fahrenheit. I was able to observe the plastic rolled into colossal coils, then unwound again to be sliced into uniform strips, while...
  • Innovation Catalyst Initiative - Presentation To NASA Advisory Council

    09/23/2002 8:35:17 PM PDT · by anymouse · 2 replies · 233+ views
    NASA Headquarters ^ | September 11, 2002 | Dr. Scott Pace – Deputy Chief of Staff
    Presentation To NASA Advisory Council Innovation Catalyst Initiative Dr. Scott Pace – Deputy Chief of Staff Jet Propulsion Laboratory Pasadena, CA September 11, 2002 ------ Commercial Innovation is Important To fulfill Space Act mandates & to effectively implement its Vision & Mission, NASA needs commercial partners to: - Translate NASA funded technology into commercial products that contribute to economic growth - Join in developing new technologies and products that support NASA missions - Explore market-driven research opportunities that exploit the unique environment of space The President’s Management Agenda calls for - Increased dependence on private sector for functions not inherently...
  • Black girls get a magazine of their own

    08/13/2002 8:56:57 AM PDT · by Tancred · 72 replies · 2,321+ views
    Blackvoices.com ^ | August 13, 2002 | Emilie Ostrander
    Black girls get a magazine of their own Tue Aug 13,11:25 AM ET By Emilie Ostrander How does a 13-year-old start her own magazine? "First step is to lay down all your ideas and what you want to accomplish. Second is accomplishing it," says Kenya J. of Atlanta. Kenya recently started Blackgirl, a new magazine for girls. Blackgirl is not an ordinary teen magazine. Kenya says she wanted a magazine that was more than just entertainment news. "I wanted to read about history and culture and style," Kenya says. "What brings us to our style today? I wanted a magazine...
  • ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND PHILANTHROPY

    07/11/2002 7:53:16 AM PDT · by PeterPrinciple · 4 replies · 613+ views
    Kaufman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership ^ | September 1996 | Raymond W. Smilor
    1 ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND PHILANTHROPY September 1996 My dad worked for the Ford Motor Company at its engine plant on Brookpark Road in Cleveland, Ohio, for 38 years before he retired a few years ago. He did his job, as directed by management and approved by the union, every working day for each of those nearly four decades. In return, he was assured a good wage, benefits and job security. He was among the last of a breed of workers in America. I recall what that kind of work was like. I did it for a while as I worked my...
  • Entrepreneurship activity in the United States declined last year; strong rebound expected

    07/11/2002 7:05:29 AM PDT · by PeterPrinciple · 28 replies · 358+ views
    Ewing Marion Kaufman Foundation ^ | 05/05/02 | Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership and Babson College
    WASHINGTON, DC - May 14, 2002 - Interest by would-be entrepreneurs to start new businesses declined last year as the economic recession and lingering effects of the dot.com crash dampened enthusiasm for launching risky new ventures. The trend is expected to continue for the near term with a strong rebound later in the year, according to the "Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) 2001 National Entrepreneurship Assessment for the United States of America," conducted by Babson College and the Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership. Results of the study were announced today at a luncheon meeting of the Congressional Economic Leadership Institute, hosted...