SNICE way of dealing with the DOE in Obama’s 2nd Term

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A lot of very serious people want to see the Department of Energy allocate more resources  to commercialization in a second Obama Administration. You can hear the wheels turning and sausage being made when you read a pro-solar article like the one on Earthtechling.com. On the other hand, those tasked with supporting sustainability would be …

Shifting focus from Top Tax Rates to Strategic Networks

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If you and your peers have watched any cable news or the Sunday Talk shows, then you have most likely been inundated by discussions about the pros and cons of shifting the tax rates on America’s highest incomes. Those on the right say raising it will kill jobs and those on the left say not …

Why Strategic Networks are best for helping Startups

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Here’s a heads up, December is prime business development time for those tasked with supporting sustainability. Also, be advised that a lot of very serious people will want to talk about the difference between accelerators and incubators. As you know, both accelerators and incubators are both programs that help startups succeed. However, you may want …

Why Add Capability Discussions to the Economic Development Process?

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A lot of very serious people talked about the need to focus on small businesses in a Second Obama Administration. In fact, Former-Governor Mitt Romney said in one of the televised debates that too much attention has been paid to large companies. For those tasked with supporting sustainability, this means that the economic development process …

Helping Entrepreneurs manage Strategic Uncertainty

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Now that the presidential election is over, those tasked with supporting sustainability can concentrate on fundamentally changing how economic development is practiced. Traditionally, economic development has been most concerned with the art of the deal. In fact, the economic development literature has been filled with strategies for attracting and retaining large and not so large …

Which are better VC’s or Strategic networks?

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A lot of very serious people like to think that venture capitalists (VC) are the cure for America’s ailing competitiveness. And many of these thought leaders appear to be stuck in the 1990’s when it comes to thinking about hydrogen convergence.  The problem is the VC business model is broken. It requires too much money …

Can Hydrogen Convergence replace Web 2.0?

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A lot of very serious people are growing concerned that the end may be near for Web 2.0 as a driver of economic growth in the United States. And that Silicon Valley doesn’t have any new ideas to replace it. However, you and your peers should be able to make the case that this lull …

Strategic Networks change the Economic Development Game

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Economic development has been a game of prisoner’s dilemma. As you know, prisoner’s dilemma is a theory that can describe why public-private partnerships end with the private company leaving the community holding the bag. Strategic networks, on the other hand, can be seen as an example of a “collaboration game” in which the purpose of …

What is a Strategic Network and why is it so Important?

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A strategic network is a way of organizing an industry cluster. It’s like a planned entrepreneurial ecosystem. Those tasked with supporting sustainability can solicit input from stakeholders and use that information too proactively design peering relationships that meet the needs of all the stakeholders. And the strategic network can grow more responsive with every new …

The need to Fundamentally change Economic Development

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A lot of very serious people like to talk about the fact that hydrogen fuel cell vehicles have been on the horizon for decades. You can tell you are winning the sustainability debate when someone asks, “What’s different?” They will happily point out that hydrogen cars have been on the verge of breaking through for …