Misc

Washington Post: Mexico embraces a great American export: Entrepreneurial spirit

In case you haven’t noticed, this past week was Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW). What started off as a modest effort to inspire entrepreneurship has evolved into a massive global movement. According to the Kauffman Foundation, more than 7 million people will participate in entrepreneurship events across 130…

Washington Post: How the Aakash tablet bounced back

Internet-connected tablets, as I’ve explained before, have the potential to positively impact billions. Cell phones improved commerce and changed society by allowing, among other things, the poorest villagers in the developing world to connect with one another. The Internet will catalyze the next leap forward…

Washington Post: Why Apple needs to lose the Samsung appeal

I have to admit, I’m a huge Apple fan. I’ve bought practically every Apple device ever made. I am usually one of those in line the first day Apple releases a new product, and I own Apple stock. That said, I hope that Apple…

Washington Post: Is NASA’s InSight too little too late?

NASA’s Curiosity rover has already completed its greatest mission: to reignite excitement on Earth about space flight and science. The Mars Science Laboratory has generated a renewed thirst, worldwide, for more knowledge about our galaxy and beyond. Now, the InSight Mars lander is scheduled to launch in 2016….

Forbes: Innovation Works Best When Government Does Least

This post was co-authored with Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran, who is an award winning correspondent for The Economist and currently the magazine’s China Business Editor. It seems like a really difficult time to be an entrepreneurial innovator in America. The venture capital industry has grown…

Washington Post: Ethics in the age of acceleration

A 63-year old Vietnam veteran who was rendered completely disabled during service to his country was able to travel again because of a custom-made mobile-assistive device. But in October 2009, as he travelled from Miami to San Juan, Puerto Rico, the 450-pound device was…

Foreign Policy: Insourcing

America’s real outsourcing crisis isn’t the one Obama and Romney are arguing about. It’s the talented immigrants who are prevented from setting up shop in America. The U.S. presidential election quickly seems to be turning into a battle of “who-outsources-least.” President Barack Obama has taken…

Washington Post: Don’t get tangled in the IPO yarn

In 2009, during the tumult of the economic downturn, SAS CEO Jim Goodnight decided that, despite the risks, he would not downsize his company. Goodnight announced that there would be no layoffs at any of SAS’s roughly 400 worldwide offices. The company implemented hiring…

Washington Post: The Gangsters of Silicon Valley

President Obama has been touting patents as a way to create jobs and increase U.S. competitiveness. “These are jobs and businesses of the future just waiting to be created,” he said of patent applications last September, “somewhere in that stack of applications could be the…

Washington Post: My Wasted Day on Capitol Hill

With the economy still in the doldrums, our political leaders are desperate to find ways to boost economic growth. Innovation and entrepreneurship are among the most obvious pathways to a solution. Both were the subject of a hearing held by the U.S. Senate Committee…

Washington Post: In Latin America, a new day is dawning

Guns. Drugs. Poverty. These three words sum up the view too many people in the U.S. have of Latin America. Fueled by media reports of massacres in Mexico, Maoist rebellions in Peru, and grinding poverty in the hillside favelas of Brazil, this view of Latin America is ingrained…

BusinessWeek: Want More Startups? Learn From Chile

The foreigners will take our jobs away! Only the Nicaraguans will come! You can’t build a Silicon Valley without venture capital. These were just a few of the arguments from opponents of a government program I helped create in 2010 to boost local entrepreneurship…

Washington Post: In Chile’s slums, a lesson in how to make apps for social good

How many of the hundreds of thousands of mobile phone applications seek to do truly great things, such as lift people out of poverty or improve health care for the poor? The App Economy, to date, has largely touched the lives of those living…

Bloomberg BusinessWeek: Silicon Valley and Hollywood: Rivals or Kindred Spirits?

On an evening under the stars on the Fox Studios lot last week, a panel I emceed addressed a question that seems to recur in both creative and technology circles. Namely, how has Hollywood affected Silicon Valley? The pat answer for lots of technologists…

Washington Post: Why the next Mark Zuckerberg may come from Brazil

Silicon Valley has led the world in innovation and entrepreneurship because of its culture of information sharing and mentoring. No other region in the world is like it. But things are changing. In my travels to countries like India, China, and Chile, I’ve witnessed…

TechCrunch: Hollywood’s Role In Innovation… And SOPA

Silicon Valley may be a garden of innovation, but many of the seeds were sown by Hollywood. Earlier generations of innovators were inspired by shows such as Star Trek, Lost in Space, and The Jetsons; later generations, by films such as Aliens, Terminator, and Avatar. Hollywood brought science fiction…

Washington Post: America, keep rewarding your dissidents

Ever since I became an academic six years ago, I have been one of the biggest critics of U.S. competitiveness policies. I documented, for example, that we had our data wrong when it came to India and China’s advantages in engineering education and R&D, that we…