For the next eight weeks, we'll look at the world through the eyes of "Ice House Entrepreneurs" who will describe in their own words the opportunities they found, the challenges they faced and, more importantly, the mindset that enabled them to succeed.
Universities want to make money, but are often clueless about the effort it takes to bring an idea to the marketplace. The problem of innovation and universities is similar to what corporations are facing today.
The apparent increase in entrepreneurial activity during the past three years was due almost entirely to businesses like Jeffrey's that aren't adding employment beyond the founder. The creation of employer firms, in fact, has been on the wane.
For all of the encouraging trends regarding the growth of African-American entrepreneurship reflected in the Census data, a shift is necessary to start growing the types of companies that can create a much more significant number of jobs.
Despite the growing sophistication and promise of health care technology research, fewer and fewer breakthrough ideas are finding their way out of research institutions and into the hands of experienced clinicians.