Entrepreneurship (page 2)

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    Property rights in urban America

    Gary Libecap has spent a career examining property rights and the environment—water, fisheries, land surveying, and mineral rights, among other topics. In his current working paper he argues that America’s grant of rights to the mineral wealth of land on the frontier contributed to the country’s dynamism, but…
    Joseph Coletti, May 1, 2018
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    “Once an entrepreneur, always an entrepreneur. I know I’d find a gap in the market somewhere.”

    I’m drawn to people who see things differently. Who look past — and around — what everyone else sees. People who see opportunity. People who prefer to try new ways of doing things rather than being smothered by those who defend the same old thing. CNBC asked five very wealthy…
    Donna Martinez, May 1, 2018
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    Herschel Walker: Risk-Taking, Job-Creating Entrepeneur

    Great story about the man many of us know as an NFL great. Herschel Walker is now a competitor of a different kind, providing jobs to more than 800 people at several different companies, including one in North Carolina. “My mom was a seamstress and when I…
    Donna Martinez, April 30, 2018
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    United CEO Declines Bonus: Is It Accountability or Just For Show?

    It’s fascinating to watch CEOs launch into contentious political and social debates. Here at JLF, we’ve devoted two of our Shaftesbury Society presentations to the issue. Last month, Duke Professor Aaron Chatterji told us about his research on CEO activism. Last June, then JLF Senior VP Jon Pritchett, along…
    Donna Martinez, April 24, 2018
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    Podcasts worth listening to this week

    Some great conversations made my time in the car much better this week Steven Teles is one of the most insightful people writing about conservatism and government, from the Federalist Society to the kludgy way government has evolved. He’s a liberal working with libertarians at the Niskanen…
    Joseph Coletti, April 19, 2018
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    Tax cuts spur businesses and the economy

    A new paper on Sweat Equity in U.S. Private Business finds “existing measures of business incomes and valuations” understate “the value of time to build customer bases, client lists, and other intangible assets.” As a result, they also understate the impact of tax cuts to boost the economy.
    Joseph Coletti, April 18, 2018
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    Is there a fair way to tax Wayfair and other online retailers?

    Wayfair, the home furnishings online retailer that is almost as ubiquitous as Ikea and original maker of the second-hand computer stand being used for this blogpost, is at the Supreme Court tomorrow. South Dakota is trying to tax Wayfair’s sales in that state. It’s oddly symmetrical for…
    Joseph Coletti, April 16, 2018
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    Big money for local solutions

    One of the nation’s newest philanthropic efforts, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and one of its oldest, the Rockefeller Foundation, are accepting registrations from local, private organizations around the country with the goal of giving a million dollars each (and technical assistance) to ten of them who are making a significant…
    Joseph Coletti, April 13, 2018