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Financial Times (April 11)

2018/ 04/ 13 by jd in Global News

“For decades, Japan has struggled to remove barriers to the growth of technology start-ups,” but risk aversion and social pressure caused job seekers to focus on established companies. “That may be changing” as economic stagnation “threatens lifetime employment at big companies. More young people are joining start-ups or even going freelance to enjoy flexibility in their working life. Part-time or contract workers now account for about 40 per cent of Japan’s workforce.”

 

New York Times (October 19)

2014/ 10/ 20 by jd in Global News

“The regulatory woes seem to be never ending for the newest wave of tech start-ups.” Start-ups like Uber and Airbnb are facing regulatory hurdles and legal battles in numerous jurisdictions. A naïve “belief that problems can be solved without involving people is probably why many of these companies did not meet with regulators and officials before starting services in new cities. And it has come back to haunt them.”

 

Institutional Investor (October 10)

2014/ 10/ 11 by jd in Global News

“As refugees from Syria and Iraq flood across the border and, the real economy suffers, Lebanon’s central bank is looking to start-up lending as a way to boost growth.” Despite an influx of 1.3 million refugees (roughly a third of its pre-crisis population), Lebanon’s “economy has remained intact. Growth, while meager, is still projected to reach 1.8 percent this year….Much of this resilience is down to the creativity of the central bank” and the novel approaches it is adopting.

 

 

Washington Post (August 13)

2014/ 08/ 15 by jd in Global News

“U.S. businesses are aging…and a sharp decline in start-up companies is a big reason. As the share of young firms shrinks, the surviving companies are naturally older — and this may have huge ramifications for the economy.” Nobody’s sure why this trend is occurring, but it suggests slower job creation and raises a troubling question. “Could it be that a society whose members are getting older is more risk-averse and less adventurous?”

 

Euromoney (August Issue)

2013/ 08/ 25 by jd in Global News

In the U.S., it seems everyone is becoming an entrepreneur. “Some 6 million businesses were created in the U.S. in 2012. The country is experiencing a start-up boom…. Since the financial crisis, the number of businesses being started has rocked.”

 

New York Times (March 11, 2012)

2012/ 03/ 13 by jd in Global News

The proposed JOBS Act (an acronym for Jumpstart our Business Startups) is “a terrible package of bills that would undo essential investor protections, reduce market transparency and distort the efficient allocation of capital.” Amazed by the utter lack of memory, the New York Times stands opposed. “We know memories are short in Washington. But Enron was just 10 years ago. And the entire system almost imploded in 2008. There is no excuse.”

 

Telegraph (March 28)

2011/ 03/ 30 by jd in Global News

“StartUp Britain” is being launched by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs with the aim of “celebrating, inspiring and accelerating enterprise in the UK.” The Prime Minister is lending support and the new campaign has Government backing. Start-ups and small firms account for nearly 60% of private sector jobs in the UK. Sir Richard Branson writes that “firing up a new generation of entrepreneurs will be a crucial part of our recovery and essential for creating sustainable growth in Britain over the next decade and beyond.”

“StartUp Britain” is being launched by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs with the aim of “celebrating, inspiring and accelerating enterprise in the UK.” The Prime Minister is lending support and the new campaign has Government backing. Start-ups and small firms account for nearly 60% of private sector jobs in the UK. Sir Richard Branson writes that “firing up a new generation of entrepreneurs will be a crucial part of our recovery and essential for creating sustainable growth in Britain over the next decade and beyond.”

 

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