Category Archives: Economic Development Policy

Patent Reform 2011 – A Sword with Two Very Sharp Edges (part 1)

David Kappos is President Obama’s “Patent Czar”.  He has helped create and guide patent reform legislation through the US Senate last week by a score of 95-5.  The US hasn’t had such a significant overhaul of the patent system in … Continue reading

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Guy Kawasaki on the VC model

Guy Kawasaki is an outspoken guy who helped Apple develop its fanatical following and has successfully built his own brand.  He was on a panel in the UK recently at an event called “Learning Without Frontiers”.  In the video, he … Continue reading

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SBIR/STTR…Defense of a Government Acronym (part 2)

Last week, I wrote Part 1 of this post that provided a little background on the SBIR/STTR program.  This federal government legislation is in the process of being revised and, hopefully, readopted.  It basically assures that ~2% of all federal government … Continue reading

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SBIR/STTR…Defense of a Government Acronym (part 1)

Many of you may not be familiar with SBIR/STTR.  The quickest explanation is that there are two ways that your federal government invests in advanced technology.  One way they do so is by owning their own laboratories.  The National Renewable … Continue reading

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The Private Sector Can Save Detroit

I’m certainly oversimplifying the world, but two articles today helped clarify for me today why the private sector is still the best way to save America and Americans.  When the semiconductor industry was beginning to heat up in the 1960s … Continue reading

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It’s Not Where You’ve Been, But Where You’re Goin’.

One particular line in Vivek’s excellent article rang true for me reagarding the immigration policy in place currently.  “These workers can’t start companies, justify buying houses, or grow deep roots in their communities.”  As a person who has worked with … Continue reading

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