What CISPA Could Mean for Start-ups (and You)

The proposed bill aims to fight cyber attacks by giving the government access to customer data. But at what cost? If you recall, SOPA and PIPA were squashed just a few months ago thanks to privacy groups, technology companies, and Internet users who made a fuss over worries that the proposed legislation would usher forth a new era of Internet censorship. Now an equally maligned bill, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), has passed in the House of Representatives and will be taken up by the Senate in May. Read it here.

How To Export the Silicon Valley. RAINFOREST: An Introduction

Innovation is a key component of that virtuous process that we call "economic growth." Very often we talk about it without really knowing the meaning.What is innovation? How do you get?And yet, because there are some areas with a high innovative performance while others show much more disappointing?'s A regulatory problem, we need institutions more efficient, clearer rules? Or the theoretical paradigm that we have taken so far does not allow us to understand the real dynamics of the phenomenon? Read it here.

Bubbles, Unicorns, Outliers and Innovation in Silicon Valley and Austin

“The fact is we have to take care of each other,” he said. “There has to be a sense of yes it’s important to compete, but you also have to collaborate.”There has to be a sense of a paradox of innovation, Horowitt said. That is only accepted once it’s imitated, he said. It’s hard to spot innovation because there’s no pattern recognition when something is completely new....Read it here

Global Innovation Week: why creating Silicon-Valley like ecosystems is still an ambition

An article by Nitin Dahad.

Creating and nurturing innovation ecosystems and people who can create companies that create jobs and growth is a major ambition for many governments and development agencies around the world. What started many years ago in some countries as ‘we want to be like Silicon Valley’ has now become an international passion, with several cities around the world having created....Read it here.

Kauffman Fellows Bulletin

Be sure to check out some of the following events that Kauffman Fellows will be hosting or have a presence at:

  1. The Corporate Venturing Conference in Newport Beach, CA
  2. Global Innovation Summit in Silicon Valley
  3. March Modules - We love when Fellows from previous classes can join us at the modules. It's a great chance for the new classes to get to know you, and we can always use an extra voice in many of our sessions!
  4. SXSW 2014

Read more here.

Moral Obligation in Business Law

An article by Jeffrey Carrey.

Victor Hwang, a contributor with Forbes magazine, reveals that the importance of morality in business has become a great debate in modern capitalism. The debate centers on whether businesses should aim to do good or primarily direct their energies toward maximizing their returns within the law. As an entrepreneur, you will need to understand the relationship between moral obligation and business law to better run your enterprise. Read it here.

Reinventing Cities - Taking an Abundance Mindset to Expand Regional Vision and Impact

An article by Tamara Carleton

A sputtering economic recovery and fascination with smart city initiatives in recent years has renewed questions about how to build cohesive, vibrant entrepreneurial communities. How do leaders create cities that thrive? What does an innovation ecosystem look like within a city or region? Are certain ecosystems more suited to prosper than others? Read it here.

Latin America Catches Entrepreneurship Fever

A BBC News article by Gideon Long.

From Venezuela's oil, to copper from Chile, Argentinean soybeans, bananas from Ecuador, Mexican silver, and timber from Brazil - the vast region is blessed with a fabulous array of commodities the world wants and needs.

But Latin America has been less good at exporting ideas. When it comes to entrepreneurship and innovation, the region has a poor record. Read it here.

Can 2014 Be The Year Of Real Healthcare Innovation?

A Forbes article by Henry Doss.

We live today in a world of remarkable advances in medicine.  We have tools and treatments and science that bedazzle us, that defy our imaginations.  There is so much we can do that the issue is no longer can we treat an illness, but do we we choose to treat an illness.  And then there’s the harsh reality of whether or not we can afford to treat every illness and condition we have the ability to treat. Read it here.

Philadelphia’s Rainforest of Innovation

An article about Philadelphia's innovation by Stephen S. Tang.

Innovation thrives in an atmosphere when disparate yet related groups con- vene, connect and have the opportunity to collaborate. The newly announced innovation hub at 3401 Market Street is a great example. This new synergistic program brings together three regional powerhouses: Drexel University, the Science Center and DreamIt Ventures. The innovation hub leverages the success of Drexel’s multi- disciplinary Expressive and Creative Interaction Technologies (ExCITe) Center and the Science Center’s long and successful tradition of business incubation, technology commercialization and technology- based economic development. Read it here.

Is the Age of Efficiency over?

An article by Suhit Anantula.

The truth is efficiency or doing things faster, cheaper, better in solving social problems can’t work. We have examples of that everywhere. In the developed world, the child protection challenges, indigenous people’s standard of life, ageing challenges are growing by the day. In the developing world, basic water, electricity, education, primary health are missing. These are challenges that cannot be solved by doing what we are doing faster, cheaper, better. Read it here.

Is the Age of Efficiency over?

An article by Suhit Anantula.

The truth is efficiency or doing things faster, cheaper, better in solving social problems can’t work. We have examples of that everywhere. In the developed world, the child protection challenges, indigenous people’s standard of life, ageing challenges are growing by the day. In the developing world, basic water, electricity, education, primary health are missing. These are challenges that cannot be solved by doing what we are doing faster, cheaper, better. Read it here.

The Startup Movement Is Not About Startups, Actually

A Forbes article by Victor W. Hwang

Ultimately, the pulse of the Startup Movement, in whatever form it takes, has a simple message.  You matter.  Your actions make a difference in the world.  And individuals – with their dreams, loves, passions, and even mistakes – can band together to create new solutions and successfully tackle the world’s big challenges. Read it here.

Five Ways Incentives Kill Innovation

A Forbes article by Henry Doss.

The greatest enemy of innovation may be an ill-advised reverence for the status quo.  And nothing fuels organizational status quo more insipidly than entrenched, unchallenged, long-standing incentive systems.  If you are on a path to improve innovative thinking and behavior in your organization, and you find yourself running into trouble, the very first place you might want to look is:  your incentive system. Read it here.

What Does Dirt Teach Us About Life? Warren Buffett's Son And Grandson Reply

 A Forbes article by Victor W. Hwang

 About one billion people in the world are chronically hungry, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization.  This problem persists, despite giant technological advances in agriculture, investments of billions of dollars by institutions and foundations, and the good intentions of countless people.  Why should such a conundrum be so difficult to solve?  Read it here.