Jonathan Ortmans

Building One Global Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Little Hope for Policy to Attract Entrepreneurial Talent

Amid the national debate about immigration, the current administration is trying to shut down a policy designed to attract entrepreneurial talent from abroad.

After a protracted period of uncertainty regarding the implementation of the International Entrepreneur Rule (IER) following a decision to delay it from July 2017 to March 2018, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a proposal on May 29 to fully rescind it.

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Privacy Regulation and Startups Post GDPR

It has been a couple of weeks now since we were all deluged with emails asking us to confirm whether or not we wanted to continue to receive content and stay on various newsletter lists. While I admit I read only a few of them, most organizations have now sent new, long privacy notices explaining what data they collect, why they collect it, how they use it, and how they share it.

By now you will know that the organizations sending those consent renewal requests were gearing to comply with the requirements of the European Commission’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which came into effect on May 25, 2018, replacing Europe’s 1995 Data Protection Directive after almost a decade of debate.

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Portugal’s Entrepreneur-led Economic Turnaround

At GEN, we have always been interested in the rise of the rest of the world – building Global Entrepreneurship Week campaigns in unlikely, poor or even war torn countries, or in hosting our annual Global Entrepreneurship Congress in cities struggling with significant economic, social or political challenges.

Recently, I visited Portugal to meet with Paulo Andrez, chair of the GEN Portugal Board of Directors, and Ana Barjasic, the amazing GEN Portugal acting managing director.

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Sneak Peak: GEW Co-Founder Carl Schramm’s Book a Must Read for Aspiring Entrepreneurs (and Those Who Support Them)

As we celebrate our tenth Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), Carl Schramm, who was instrumental in the founding of GEW while leading the Kauffman Foundation from 2002 to 2012, gave me an opportunity to review his new book, Burn the Business Plan: What Great Entrepreneurs Really Do. A University Professor at Syracuse, Schramm is a successful entrepreneur, having founded or co-founded five companies; an economist; and, a world leading expert on entrepreneurship, innovation and economic growth.

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Building Local Entrepreneurial Ecosystems in Russia

There has been a history of mistrust between Russia and the West for many years, and 2017 has been no exception. While I continue to be dumbfounded by some of the things each side believes about each other, one should not be surprised when so much of what is perceived comes from social media and hearsay. But entrepreneurship is a level playing field and so as someone who has been visiting Russia regularly since 1990, I wanted to report on our current work and partners and my recent visit to speak at the Open Innovations Forum at Skolkovo.

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