Mandatory Excellence

What would happen if a government instead harnessed what citizens were truly good at for long enough to affect real accountable results in service to their country? I write this not to advocate mandatory government service, but to call attention to the fact that countries and regions are going to increasingly compete in order to preserve their standard of living, and that those without a public sector innovation strategy will lose out to those who find a way to continuously become more efficient.

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The Crowdfunding Conundrum

The House of Representatives recently voted in favor 407-17 of legislation that would allow non-accredited investors to make equity investments in privately held, small startup companies. Is this a boon for startup liquidity or might it introduce unforeseen complications?

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Patent Reform Bill – Short on Reform?

Somewhere in the middle of the vastly differing opinions about the recent patent reform bill — officially passed in September 2011 as the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act — lies the reality of what the bill does and does not address, and what it will actually mean for U.S. businesses and the economy. While the bill represents the most significant reform of the Patent Act since 1952 and brings major changes to key aspects of the patenting process, it remains unclear what the actual short- and long-term impacts will be.

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