By John Mecklin – Startup companies developing new technologies need to be at the heart of plans for creating the “green” boom the U.S. needs to help transform it into a 21st-century economic superpower. But as practice has shown, successful government investment in innovation is rare and a much more complicated process than just throwing money to the VCs.
“… if you want to find best practices [in government support of entrepreneurship], you have to look outside the U.S.” For every Hewlett-Packard — nurtured with government contracts during World War II — there is a long and dark history of incompetence (and worse) surrounding government entrepreneurial-development programs.
Whenever the government passes money directly to business or the supporters of business, politics can and does intervene, and money meant to grow new industries gets passed out on the basis of legislative districts or campaign contributions rather than business potential, and the incentives turn. VCs and startups stop trying to create a great company and start focusing on prying ever more money from the government. Continue reading
By Erin McCune – For some truly compelling, thoughtful discussion of the credit crisis look back at the resources indexed here. Many of these articles, blog posts, and videos date back to 2008 but the insight is just as relevant today. http://bwbx.io/QJTg
FCC – The media landscape is changing rapidly. We’re really at a critical juncture in communications history. Why? Two major things are going on simultaneously. On the one hand, we’re seeing tremendous innovation – exciting changes — in the media world. Primarily due to the Internet, consumers are exposed to more voices and viewpoints than ever before. And they have more ways to connect with each other and make their voices heard.
On the other hand, traditional media business models are struggling or collapsing. Newspapers and TV stations have been laying off thousands of professional journalists. This has raised strong bipartisan concerns about whether our media will remain strong and independent enough to protect consumers and hold leaders accountable. That’s potentially a huge problem for our democracy.
What government policies could improve the news and information media? http://reboot.fcc.gov/futureofmedia
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The FCC welcomes civic participation, and look forward to more interaction through this website: http://www.broadband.gov/
By Samuel J. Palmisano
By a smarter planet, we mean that intelligence is being infused into the systems and processes that enable services to be delivered; physical goods to be developed, manufactured, bought and sold; everything from people and money to oil, water and electrons to move; and billions of people to work and live.
CEOs, CIOs, governors and mayors are asking:
· How do I infuse intelligence into a system for which no one enterprise or agency is responsible?
· How do I bring all the necessary constituents together?
· How do I make the case for budget?
· How do I get a complex solution through my procurement department?
· How do I coalesce support with citizens?
· Where should I start? http://bwbx.io/AFeT