Forbes Contributor

November 4, 2020

In 2009, the Obama-Biden Administration elevated the startup entrepreneur as a key piece of America’s recovery from the Great Recession. This wasn’t a particularly partisan decision—there was broad-based Republican support for it. Nevertheless, it was a fundamental transformation in how the federal government views entrepreneurs.  The decision to invest government resources to promote high-growth startups was based on three important facts. The first was data from the U.S. Census Bureau showing that young, high-growth businesses were responsible for the majority of net job creation in the United States economy from 1980-2009. 

October 9, 2020

The Presidential and VP debates so far have covered a lot of important topics. Realistically, however, a responsible president will need to spend most of the next 1-2 years fighting COVID-19 and revitalizing our economy. Only then will he be able to properly address the generational issues of inequality, racism and climate change. Experts believe a viable vaccine will be available in Q1/Q2 of 2021, and then, if we vaccinate 1 million people daily, it will still take us another year to vaccinate the entire population of the United States.

August 27, 2020

Despite the messages emanating from the Republic National Convention this week, Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) believes that the U.S. government can, and must, do a lot more to revitalize the American economy – and must do it quickly.  He is calling for greater government assistance for small business over a sustained period. Krishnamoorthi believes that Congress will need to stay with American small business owners all the way through to the other side of the pandemic until new business models have emerged. 

August 12, 2020

Senator Kamala Harris was selected on Tuesday to be Joe Biden’s Vice Presidential nominee. The daughter of immigrants from India and Jamaica, she becomes the first woman of color to join a national ticket in American history. Her selection shatters another glass ceiling in place since the founding of our great country – one most Americans are happy to see gone

April 8, 2020

It’s only been 10 days since the CARES Act released $2 trillion into the American economy for families and businesses. The U.S. Treasury and Small Business Administration are naturally having some challenges scaling up the largest emergency business loan program in American history. 

March 23, 2020

Societal challenges require transformative solutions, and the last few weeks have been a reminder about the importance of innovation for the public good.  COVID-19 has shown up and impacted civilization faster and more swiftly than anything we have seen in a century. 

February 25, 2020

At the time that my book, “The India-US Partnership: $1 Trillion By 2030”, was published in 2015, relations between the United States and India were strongly on the upswing. Trade had expanded to over $120 billion annually, India was viewed as an investment destination beyond just information technology, and Indian companies were rapidly hiring in the United States. 

 

January 6, 2020

Puerto Rico needs a much more visionary strategy to revitalize its economy. The US Dept. of Commerce needs to use its vast resources to do so.

October 31, 2019

Today, would Mahatma Gandhi have to pursue impact investors? Is that a better way to build a movement?

October 2, 2019

October 2 marks the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. His leadership lessons and achievements remain important today for social entrepreneurs and leaders as we confront important global challenges like climate change and migration.

September 19, 2019

2019 is the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth. Social entrepreneurs are still inspired and awed by what he achieved, but now also look to business as the path to achieve impact.

June 23, 2019

The ISTE annual conference is currently underway in Philadelphia. Ed techs like EnglishHelper are achieving scale by leveraging the dispersion of mobile technology, Internet connectivity and artificial intelligence to provide solutions to students that are improving learning outcomes worldwide

May 31, 2019

Corporate innovation is changing to more closely mimic Silicon Valley. Its leading to more open innovation, community collaboration and broader visions. From GM to John Sculley to Blue Ocean Strategy, large companies are trying many different approaches.

May 15, 2019

High impact small businesses and startups are creating new jobs in the American economy. Early-stage startups and large companies not as much. Our job-creation strategies must reflect that.

March 14, 2019

The key barriers keeping Americans from launching the next great startup are student loan debt, concern about keeping health insurance and access to capital. The current progressive political agenda aligns perfectly with America’s need to jump start entrepreneurship, and therefore, job creation.