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April 7, 2015
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The Rainforest Revolution
News on growing ecosystems for innovation and entrepreneurship

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THE BIG PICTURE


 

Practical Reasoning: Decision making in Rainforest innovation ecosystems

Alistair Brett, International Technology Commercialization Advisor for T2 Venture Creation, from the Innovation Rainforest Blog
David Milligan from his book Reasoning and the Explanations of Actions, written in 1980 but still fresh. Milligan explains that a good deliberative reasoner is “not someone who simply obeys the rules of logic,” but someone who is also a sound judge, can make intelligent decisions, and can defend his or her decisions about how to act by pointing to reasons which support actions. Read more here.

 

Measuring an entrepreneurial ecosystem

Kauffman Foundation 
There are four indicators of entrepreneurial ecosystem vibrancy: density, fluidity, connectivity and diversity. What matters is not necessarily a snapshot, but the trajectory over time. The indicators need to be tracked continuously. Read more here.


In Silicon Valley Frenzy, VCs Create New Inside Track

The Wall Street Journal
Venture-capital firms such as Andreessen Horowitz and FirstMark Capital, along with other prominent entrepreneurs and executives, have each raised tens of millions of dollars for impromptu funds that take a direct stake in a single startup. Read more here.


How to Preserve a Startup Culture as a Company Grows

Stanford Graduate School of Business
The intense atmosphere at startups can make conflicts difficult to resolve. A new company’s success isn’t based on just what the company creates.  It is also based on the people creating it and how they treat one another. Read more here.


An Evolutionary Perspective on Behavioral Economics 

Evolving Economics
Poor behavior choices sometimes derive not from brain defects, per se, by rather from the brain’s deployment of old, once-successful techniques in the face of new problems. Read more here



THE LATEST NEWS


 

The Future is Now

Charlotte Regional Partnership
There’s no question we’re living during a time of unprecedented innovation. For the first time in history, three different types of economies exist. These include remnants of the old industrial economy, the current, knowledge-based economy, and finally, an emerging, transitional economy, in which the fundamental principles of business and economic development are evolving at a rapid pace. Read more here


The Feedback Loop That Will Make America's Richest Cities Even Richer

The Atlantic
Cities have the largest and fastest-growing concentrations of jobs in their city centers.  This is a tight feedback loop. The densest cities tend to be the most educated cities, which are also the richest cities, and often the biggest cities. They’re gobbling up a disproportionate share of college grads. And, as a result, they are becoming richer, denser, and more educated. Read more here


Kosovo's entrepreneurs hope for brighter future

BBC News
The official unemployment rate runs at around 40%, and one third of the population lives below the poverty line. But the World Bank notes that Kosovo has managed to maintain GDP growth since the onset of the crisis. Read more here

CALENDAR OF EVENTS



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Wednesday, April 29, 2015, Palo Alto, CA

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IN THIS ISSUE:



Practical Reasoning: Decision making in Rainforest innovation ecosystems

Measuring an entrepreneurial ecosystem

In Silicon Valley Frenzy, VCs Create New Inside Track

How to Preserve a Startup Culture as a Company Grows

An Evolutionary Perspective on Behavioral Economics 

The Future is Now

The Feedback Loop That Will Make America's Richest Cities Even Richer

Kosovo's entrepreneurs hope for brighter future

MEET PEOPLE IN THE RAINFOREST COMMUNITY


Victor Hwang
Innovation Ecosystems + Capital
Greg Horowitt
Ecosystem, Capital + Enterprise Architect
Henry Doss
Corporate Strategy + Leadership
Mark Newberg
Impact Investing + Policy
Joe Sterling 
Consulting + Strategy
Alistair Brett
Technology + Innovation Ecosystems
Ade Mabogunje, PhD
Venture Design
Janet Crawford
Biology + Human Ecosystems
Todd Johnston
Designer-in-Residence
Scott Gillespie
Ecosystem + Venture Architect
Neeraj Sonalkar, PhD
Design Research
Christina Wu
Marketing + Communication
Gary Whitehill
Entrepreneur-in-Residence
Ann Badillo 
Start-ups + Design Thinking
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