Tax Foundation Report – International Tax Competitiveness Index (2014)

Taxes are a crucial component of a country’s international competitiveness. In today’s globalized economy, the structure of a country’s tax code is an important factor for businesses when they decide where to invest. No longer can a country tax business investment and activity at a high rate without adversely affecting its economic performance. In recent years, many countries have recognized

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US Federal Reserve Report – Mexico’s New Banking Measures Aim to Help Entrepreneurs

The overhaul of Mexico’s banking laws, enacted as part of President Enrique Peña Nieto’s wide-ranging economic and business structural changes, could address the banking system’s greatest weakness: the availability of credit for small- and medium-sized business, while enhancing regulatory oversight and transparency. Arguably the banking system’s greatest weakness involves small and medium-sized businesses’ difficulty obtaining credit. Only 32 percent of

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How Michelin Earns Word of Mouth Influence in Social Media

The automotive industry has some of the most passionate talkers. Experts, enthusiasts, celebrities, car guys, and just people looking for answers to their car questions come to the same place: online forums. For brands like Michelin, that’s fantastic for market research, understanding their customers, and hearing what people have to say. But according to Michelin’s Digital Consumer Experience Manager, Carrie

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Why do entrepreneurs need a strategic vision?

Research has shown that successful entrepreneurs create visions of the future, which inspires others to get involved in the venture. As an entrepreneur leading a start-up it is important to have these discussions about “blueprinting your strategic architecture” today. Entrepreneurial success depends on the ability to think strategically, have a clear strategic vision, and achieve results quickly. Richard Siegelman, general

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Berkeley Entrepreneurs Forum For Angel and Venture Capital Financing (08-28-14)

In 2014 the early stage financing environment exploded with valuations and the number of financings increasing substantially, including several multi-billion dollar fundings. By some measures the number of venture fundings in Q2 of 2014 approached levels not seen since the days of the internet bubble. 2014 also continued a number of trends from prior years: the growing influence of founders/entrepreneurs,

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It Is Summer – But Slush Is Just Around The Corner

Ticket sales are open. Companies, investors and media can register for the event to be held November 18-19th, 2014, in Helsinki, Finland. Last year, Slush gathered 7,000 attendees and 1,200 companies from 68 countries, making it one of the biggest tech events in Europe. Slush featured 150 speakers on five stages, ranging from successful founders such as Ilkka Paananen (Supercell)

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Endeavor Report – Fairchild Semiconductor and Growth of Silicon Valley

Endeavor Insight, supported by Omidyar Network, recently released a new report that analyzes the development of the world’s most well-known entrepreneurship hub. The report, entitled “How Did Silicon Valley Become Silicon Valley,” includes new data that is being shared publicly for the first time. Endeavor has conducted similar research on entrepreneurship ecosystems around the world, including in Argentina, Colombia, Turkey,

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Forbes Report – America’s Most Entrepreneurial Universities (2014)

For the second time, Stanford University out-muscled its East Coast rivals to top the FORBES 2014 most entrepreneurial universities list. Silicon Valley’s reach has extended across California, as the state’s schools took over half of this year’s top ten spots. FORBES ranked 50 of the nation’s most entrepreneurial research universities based on their entrepreneurial ratios. They defined this metric as

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