Kauffman Foundation News (10/31/11): Kauffman Foundation – Ideas at Work – What’s In Your Head?

Ideas and Insights

This edition of Ideas at Work features the thoughts and ideas of entrepreneurs heading some of America’s fastest growing privately held companies. Entrepreneurs attending the annual Inc. 500|5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony shared their views.

What’s In Your Head?

A Conversation With Entrepreneurs

at this year’s Inc. 500|5000 Conference

The Kauffman Foundation attended this year’s Inc. 500|5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony and asked entrepreneurs heading some of America’s fastest growing privately held companies to share their thoughts.

Here’s what they had to say …

Founder Interviews

Entrepreneurs talked about getting started, the process and principles that guide their growth, and what they’ve learned along the way. Watch the interviews on the e360TV channel at Entrepreneurship.org.

Poll of Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs shared their views on the prospects for continued growth, their plans for expansion, and the barriers that could stand in the way. Results of the Kauffman Foundation poll show that entrepreneurs plan to continue to grow their businesses in the United States provided they are able to find qualified people.

Dear Future Entrepreneur

See a slideshow of the photos and messages entrepreneurs wrote to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs.

More news from the Foundation:

The Promise and Power of Women Entrepreneurs

A new paper from the Kauffman Foundation explores the reasons behind lower business startup rates among women and proposes actions that would help to realize the promise of female entrepreneurs in escalating the economy. “Overcoming the Gender Gap: Women Entrepreneurs as Economic Drivers” suggests that women who are capable of starting growth companies that serve global markets may be the nation’s secret weapon for achieving sustained economic growth. Jobs and economic escalation will follow as more women break through “glass walls” to start high-growth ventures.

Learn More…>> http://www.kauffman.org/newsroom/untapped-potential-for-expanding-womens-entrepreneurship-holds-promise-to-grow-us-economy.aspx?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Opticast&utm_campaign=Ideas_At_Work_10_2011

In Search of the Magic Sauce

The latest installment of the Kauffman Sketchbook video series illustrates the importance of finding the right formula for helping new firms succeed. During the three-minute illustrated piece, Kauffman President and CEO Carl Schramm outlines the issues that the Kauffman Foundation is studying to learn how to help more entrepreneurs become more successful.

Watch the Magic Sauce Video…>> http://www.kauffman.org/about-the-foundation/kauffman-sketchbook.aspx?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Opticast&utm_campaign=Ideas_At_Work_10_2011

Startup Companies on Cutting Edge of Online Business Activities

The Internet’s profound effect on how U.S. businesses operate is even more pronounced among young companies, according to a research report released by the Kauffman Foundation. The study, “Casting a Wide Net: Online Activities of Small and New Businesses in the United States,” reveals that new businesses have a higher propensity to use websites, email, and to sell online, and that these inclinations have an impact on capitalization and longevity.

Learn More…>> http://www.kauffman.org/newsroom/startup-companies-leading-transition-to-online-business-activities.aspx?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Opticast&utm_campaign=Ideas_At_Work_10_2011

Kauffman Seeks to Boost Female-Led Innovation

The Kauffman Foundation has provided corporate sponsorship to support Women 2.0 initiatives to increase the number of technology companies founded by women. Kauffman’s sponsorship will enable Women 2.0 to expand its educational resources to the female entrepreneur community via a blog network of relevant content and the expansion of global networking events and conferences.

Learn More…>>http://www.kauffman.org/newsroom/women-2-0-receives-corporate-sponsorship-from-kauffman-foundation-to-fuel-growth-of-female-led-innovation.aspx?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Opticast&utm_campaign=Ideas_At_Work_10_2011

Kauffman Brings ETF Warning to Senate Committee

Kauffman Foundation Chief Investment Officer Harold Bradley presented testimony this month on Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) and the public policy challenges they pose before the United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance, and Investments. Bradley’s remarks, prepared with Robert Litan, the Foundation’s vice president of research and policy, cited Kauffman Foundation research that contends that the rapid growth and variety of ETFs have increasingly distorted the role of equities markets in capital formation, while posing systemic risks from potential settlement failures.

Read the Testimony…>>http://www.kauffman.org/newsroom/etfs-and-the-present-danger-to-capital-formation.aspx?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Opticast&utm_campaign=Ideas_At_Work_10_2011

Paper Outlines Steps to Keep Talent in America

The National Foundation for American Policy has released a policy brief recommending that international students who graduate from U.S. universities with advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics should get a green card with their diplomas. The paper, which was funded by the Kauffman Foundation, says such a policy would significantly benefit U.S. competitiveness and the economy overall.

Learn More…>>http://www.kauffman.org/newsroom/new-report-says-greater-green-card-access-for-high-skilled-immigrants-could-boost-economy.aspx?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Opticast&utm_campaign=Ideas_At_Work_10_2011