For all the research on the state entrepreneurship in Africa, and there have been many high quality studies like the collaborative project between Omidyar Network and Monitor Group, there is a common narrative that risk-culture is alive and well.
As the Global Entrepreneurship Summit comes to a close and President Obama completes the second chapter of his African tour in Ethiopia, it is hard not to see the enormous upside the entrepreneurial movement can offer the world.
Entrepreneurs play an important role in national economic health and economic competitiveness. What is less recognized, and becoming increasingly important, is the role entrepreneurs also play in national security.
Though the LatAm capital markets are fighting to ward off further downward movement due to stumbling oil prices and weakening currencies, one long-term strategy that will continue to bring more liquidity to these markets is better corporate governance practices.
"This is a Man's World" may have been the long-running theme song of our capital markets for decades, but when it comes to the investment field, women are singing a different tune. And companies may want to learn the lyrics.
A broad-based recovery across a variety of sectors driven by the US should see market conditions continue to foster this trend -- making the next 6-12 months an ideal window of opportunity to do transformative deals.
Regulators and other agencies need systems that are not only as fast as HFT trading platforms but are also smarter, sniffing out and alerting the authorities as and when something anomalous is happening rather than after the fact.
What kind of financing opportunities could result for infrastructure from the combination of natural resource abundance, governments' lack of capital market access, and weak governance environments? As it turns out, quite a few.
I just returned from a great exchange of ideas organized by the Kellogg School of Management's Public-Private Initiative and the Aspen Institute. A key driver in the behavior of business and capital markets is how we describe -- and measure -- the purpose of the business corporation.
2011 has not been an easy year for many countries in the Middle East and North Africa. The combination of domestic unrest and external uncertainty has resulted in a marked downturn in economic activity, and this is expected to pick up only gradually.
As the senior leader of one Chinese state-owned enterprise said to me, "I used to think [Obama] was nice. Then I realized he was intelligent. Now I know he's shrewd, just like Hu Jintao. Your leader is a strategist."
While Alan Greenspan has been busy denying any blame or foresight into the financial crisis, Paul Volcker has been working to dissociate the speculative risks of hedge funds from banking. But "The Volcker Rule," does not go far enough.