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Jonathan Aberman
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Jonathan Aberman is the Founder of Amplifier Ventures, an investor in government-related, technology-driven companies. He is also Chair of FounderCorps, a regional not-for-profit focused on mentorship and entrepreneurial development in the Washington, DC region, and an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland. He is the co-host of the nationally broadcast politics and business program Left jab Radio on SiriusXM Radio. Follow him at @jaberman.

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Bigger Isn't Always Better for U.S. Military

(0) Comments | Posted October 13, 2015 | 6:08 PM

When politicians talk about finding efficiency in government, they rarely talk about innovation in national security.

Listening to presidential candidates try to outdo themselves with plans on how much larger to grow the military, I am struck by how much the focus is on size. The discussion is on scale...

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We Need to Stop Burning Our Furniture to Keep Warm

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2013 | 9:47 AM

When I think about our national political climate these days, I am like many Americans saddened by the hyper-partisan nature of things. For most of us, the constant wrangling about budgets, healthcare and "gotcha" politics is both exhausting and also less and less relevant to our daily lives. You can...

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Crowd Equity Will Not Measure Up to the Hype

(3) Comments | Posted November 4, 2013 | 11:57 AM

The JOBS Act reminds me of the old joke about the elephant and the blind men. An elephant looks very different depending upon which part you're touching. There's lots of hype around the concept of crowd equity for sure -- almost breathless at times. This week's announcement that the SEC...

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You Don't Have to Go to the Valley

(0) Comments | Posted October 25, 2013 | 12:02 PM

This morning there is a blog post circulating which states that to build a start-up anywhere other than Silicon Valley is foolish. The post, which is presented in a highly respected outlet, states that by looking at financing patterns in the venture capital industry a clear conclusion is...

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To Meet the Challenges of the 21st Century, National Security Must Become Entrepreneurial

(0) Comments | Posted September 13, 2013 | 11:48 AM

In the U.S., we often point to the Maginot Line as an example of "generals fighting the last war," and evaluate our military and political leaders on their ability to think ahead to ensure our national security in a complex world. Our military has developed a broad and sophisticated establishment...

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The Future Is Messy and We Aren't Even Close to Ready

(8) Comments | Posted May 20, 2013 | 6:31 PM

As I have read the various articles and blogs about Google Glass over the last few weeks, it has led me to marvel at how completely people are missing the point. Whether it's arguing that Google Glass won't be attractive to consumers, or it's Congress worrying about privacy, it just...

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A VC's Opinion: Yes You Should Get an Education

(1) Comments | Posted May 8, 2013 | 2:09 PM

It seems some days that getting an education is portrayed as the pursuit of mugs and fools. I have lost count of the articles and blogs I read, and the talking heads I hear, spouting nonsense about the folly of pursuing a college education or an advanced degree like an...

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Making the Argument for Entrepreneurial Approaches to National Security

(0) Comments | Posted March 29, 2013 | 4:21 PM

As Congress continues its ongoing game of paintball with the president, a large issue is going largely unaddressed. While many creative ideas to modify some or all of the financial commitments of entitlements are very much in the forefront of conversations, questions about our national defense spending are much more...

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Morality, Capitalism and Empathy

(4) Comments | Posted March 18, 2013 | 4:45 PM

Earlier in the week I led a panel discussion on "empathy in business" with a great group of co-panelists: Angel Cabrera, President of George Mason University, Bill Drayton, CEO and Founder of Ashoka Innovators for the Public, Carly Fiorina, formerly CEO of HP and currently CEO of Carly...

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Raising Money Isn't Like Dating -- It's More Difficult!

(0) Comments | Posted March 1, 2013 | 7:50 AM

I have often tried to explain the dynamic of fundraising by analogizing it to a human behavior most entrepreneurs are familiar with -- dating and relationships. In saying this I often get nervous laughs from an audience. My guess is that it reflects an internal thought process in the listener...

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Entrepreneurship is About Filling a Need - Inside the Entrepreneur

(0) Comments | Posted February 22, 2013 | 4:24 PM

A statement I make regularly to my students is that entrepreneurs are focused on satisfying needs. This is stated in connection with the basic requirement that a business needs customers. And, in that context it is essentially important. Frankly, I wish more entrepreneurs understood this when they started new businesses....

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Are You Ready for Artificial Vision? The Future Is Yesterday's Tomorrow

(1) Comments | Posted February 19, 2013 | 3:49 PM

About eight years ago, I came very close to licensing some technology from the Naval Research Lab to start a company to do something extraordinary. The technology was a retinal prosthetic -- an implant that would substitute for the degraded rods and cones of an unseeing human eye. I remember...

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If the Super Bowl Was Covered Like Politics -- An Entrepreneur's View of Modern Political Debate

(1) Comments | Posted February 6, 2013 | 4:18 PM

Last night I watched a very competitive and engaging Super Bowl along with 100 million other Americans. As a group we watched the same commercials, taxed our neighborhood water infrastructure at the same moments and screamed at the TV at the same time. It struck me as I was watching...

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An Investor Perspective: How Committed Should an Entrepreneur Be

(5) Comments | Posted January 31, 2013 | 11:14 AM

Yesterday I read a posting in Facebook that was extremely critical of a local entrepreneur CEO who had committed to spend four hours a week acting as a mentor for other entrepreneurs. The commentator was hard on the CEO, suggesting that a CEO who did something like this would not...

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