Last month Techonomy hosted a dinner in New York, and our guests wanted relentlessly to talk about data. Where will society produce it? How much can we manage? Who will control it? What will they do to us with it? How can individuals retain influence over it?
These small, invitation-only congresses bring together Wealth, Politics, Business, and Government as well as Education and Disruptive Innovation and are a winning formula for stimulating growth, forging new partnerships, and in this case, the reinvention of industrial power.
I know, people tend to take the current state of a region and erroneously think it's been that way forever, or that it will stay that way forever. But the vitality of urban areas are fluid -- prone to decline and rebirth, just like everything else.
Once a year, Empact brings America's top young entrepreneurs together to share their ideas and form new relationships during the Empact Summit. I recently caught up with Sheena LIndahl and asked her to tell me more about the Empact 100 Showcase and the value of entrepreneurship.
Steve and Jean Case are finding success with their foundation by doing things a little differently. They are bringing the same sensibility they brought to creating AOL to their current investments in people and ideas that can change the world
The loss of highly skilled immigrants is a serious threat to our global economic leadership -- and the jobs that flow from it -- and eliminating government obstacles in the way of that talent should be a top priority.
Get out into the real world. Go to places where the smart people in your industry hang out. Bring your product or pitch to the table and share it with everybody you meet. Seek out relationships with professional contacts that you admire. Take a deep breath and get up on stage.
So how do you take a good idea -- zero percent capital gains for startups -- and make it a big idea, an idea that could turbocharge innovation, company formation, and job creation in our economy right now?