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Jake Colvin
Jake works with startup, business, education and nonprofit leaders to explore the opportunities and challenges associated with participating in the global marketplace in the digital age through the Global Innovation Forum and National Foreign Trade Council. Jake has written for Business Week, testified before Congress and provided analysis for outlets including CNBC, CNN and Time Magazine.

Entries by Jake Colvin

SXSW Goes Global

(0) Comments | Posted March 2, 2016 | 4:42 PM

Over the past several years, SXSW Interactive has built up an increasingly-international flavor. Global startups and foreign governments flock to Austin's annual technology extravaganza looking to enter the U.S. market or in the hopes of attracting American entrepreneurs -- or foreign entrepreneurs residing in the States -- to expand (or...

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Sadly Sitting Out the WTO

(0) Comments | Posted December 14, 2015 | 3:46 PM

This week, international trade officials from around the world will gather in Nairobi to discuss improving rules governing access to the global marketplace, but many in business are staying away.

These every-so-often gatherings of trade ministers under the umbrella of the World Trade Organization (WTO) are meant...

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What Airbnb Will Mean for Cuban Entrepreneurs and American Travelers

(2) Comments | Posted April 3, 2015 | 1:39 PM

Hospitality industry disruptor Airbnb announced that it would open its platform to Cubans looking to host licensed American travelers, joining the likes of Netflix and the Google Play store in opening its services to the island nation.

This is encouraging news for entrepreneurs in...

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A New Effort to Boost Green Tech Gets Underway in Geneva

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 11:18 PM

The global business community gathered this week in Geneva to witness the launch by the United States, China, the EU and other trading partners of a process to eliminate tariffs on green technologies as a means to encourage their development and use.

An ambitious conclusion to these negotiations would...

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What to Make of the Cuba Handshake

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2013 | 9:59 AM

For as much as the media made of the handshake between President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro, it's not nearly as juicy as other aspects of the U.S.-Cuba relationship.

The handshake itself is small potatoes. President Obama was right not to have snubbed a handshake at a memorial for...

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The Impact of NSA Leaks on the Global Digital Marketplace

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2013 | 12:52 PM

Edward Snowden has provided the gift that keeps on giving. While his disclosures about confidential spy programs present a huge headache for the U.S. Government, they also threaten to slow the pursuit of a more open global digital marketplace.

Snowden's disclosures have brought more scrutiny to efforts by businesses and...

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Mom and Pop Go Global

(1) Comments | Posted October 25, 2012 | 12:22 PM

If you are a commercial seller on eBay, chances are you are an exporter. That is because a whopping 97 percent of eBay's commercial sellers participate in global markets, according to a report released this week by eBay, "Towards Commerce 3.0."

Think about that for a moment....

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Shipping Bytes Across Borders

(0) Comments | Posted September 27, 2012 | 7:48 PM

Biographer Walter Isaacson told me that Steve Jobs "was seized with the importance of improving the framework governing the flow of information around the world" in conversations he had with the late Apple CEO. While we mostly take for granted our ability to socialize and conduct business online across international...

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One Area Where Republicans and Democrats Can Agree: Promoting Green Exports

(1) Comments | Posted August 2, 2011 | 5:05 PM

While motherhood and apple pie appear to continue to enjoy strong bipartisan support, Republicans and Democrats are running depressingly low on policy areas where they can agree. There is one bright spot on the horizon that benefits from support from both parties -- promoting America's green exports.

As evidence, at...

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The End of China's Wind Subsidy Program and the Future of Global Clean Technology Markets

(0) Comments | Posted June 8, 2011 | 6:10 PM

The announcement earlier this week that China would end its controversial wind subsidy program is welcome, but is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to ensuring open, contestable global markets for environmental technologies.

Under pressure from the United States, which filed a formal complaint challenging the...

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Pack Your Bags for Cuba? Maybe Soon, If You Have a Good Reason

(8) Comments | Posted August 20, 2010 | 2:23 PM

Widespread speculation that the Obama administration will loosen restrictions on the ability of American citizens to visit Cuba has put travel to the island back in the spotlight. If you are hoping that the president's expected announcement will allow you to travel to Cuba, here are a few...

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White House Green Trade Agenda an Opportunity for Global Leadership

(0) Comments | Posted March 15, 2010 | 3:34 PM

If President Obama is to deliver on his ambitious goal of doubling U.S. exports in five years, it will be essential for the United States to pursue an aggressive strategy to help American businesses access international markets. One promising place to begin is at the intersection of trade and the...

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Obama vs. Krugman: Five Reasons the President's Right on Carbon Tariffs

(16) Comments | Posted September 16, 2009 | 11:36 AM

As congressional efforts to regulate U.S. carbon emissions gain steam, carbon tariffs have received a good deal of attention thanks in part to economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman.

Mr. Krugman has become a proponent of carbon tariffs, also known as "border adjustment measures," which would tax...

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Why Can We Visit Kim Jung Il but Not Old Havana?

(11) Comments | Posted June 19, 2009 | 6:42 PM

Chances are, if you are an American citizen, you can pack your bags for a propaganda-filled tour of North Korea but you cannot order up a daiquiri at El Floridita, the bar Ernest Hemingway made famous in Old Havana. Cuba, it turns out, is the only country on earth...

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Following the London Summit, What's Next for the World Economy?

(7) Comments | Posted April 14, 2009 | 6:04 PM

Co-authored by Randall Soderquist, Senior Trade Program Associate with the Center for Global Development.

Now that world leaders and finance ministers have met in London and declared their support for open markets and reform of global financial rules, what's next for the world economy?

Right now,...

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Enough Hand-Wringing Over Cuba

(7) Comments | Posted March 12, 2009 | 1:16 PM

In between dealing with the banking, mortgage and global financial crises, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner managed to find the time to clarify U.S. Cuba policy to Senators Bill Nelson and Robert Menendez.

The Senators had expressed concern with three provisions buried in the omnibus appropriations act which pertain to...

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New Report Hints at Broken Promises and Trouble Ahead for World Trade

(9) Comments | Posted January 30, 2009 | 11:10 AM

A report issued by the World Trade Organization reveals that key U.S. trading partners have taken steps to erect new trade barriers and improve the export performance of domestic industries. While the report is relatively sanguine about the effect of protectionist pressures on international trade thus far, the impact on...

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Beating the Drum on Cuba Policy

(1) Comments | Posted December 9, 2008 | 3:23 PM

For a small country, U.S. think tanks, journalists and businesses are paying Cuba a great deal of attention these days. The latest in a steady drumbeat of white papers, policy briefs and news articles to call for new U.S. policies toward the island comes from Roger Cohen, who wrote in...

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