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Impediments to Tech Transfer—and Solutions

The Impediments Universities, federal labs and research institutes do not have adequate incentives to commercialize ideas. These “idea factories” have an incentive to charge large, up-front royalties rather than accept shares in successful start-ups that may not yield gains for several years. Ph.D. inventors inside these idea factories do not have enough personal connections with business-minded people with MBAs. Tech ...

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States That Get it Right

While the nation-state is far from dead, more and more regions are feeling encumbered—if not suffocated—by centralized control. A large body of empirical research has examined the relationship between the size of government and economic outcomes; and based on that research, the U.S. has much room to scale back.

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CEOs Are Increasingly Driving Tech Decisions

When auto insurance provider IMT Group’s CEO stepped down, newly appointed CEO Sean Kelly told the Des Moines Register that his focus was “to keep us ahead on technology so we can take advantage of the predictive modeling opportunity." This is a typical stance for today’s CEO.

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Getting Real About CEO Pay

When CEOs exceed expectations or outpace rivals they tend to reap big rewards and when they fall short of financial hurdles they tend to lose out on pay and bonuses. According to a reports from the Wall Street Journal based on a study by Equilar more and more S&P 500 CEOs have been clearing or exceeding the goals set by directors. But is this the complete picture? Since when is public company compensation representative for all CEOs?

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Small-Business Owner Roller Coaster Continues

After March’s disappointing drop in small-business confidence, April’s Small Business Optimism index of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), rose 2.6 points to 92.1, just above the recovery average of 90.7. Yet pessimism abounds within the sector, as still far more of those surveyed expect business conditions to be worse in six months than those who think they will be better. Most cite taxes. regulations and weak sales as their chief challenges going forward.

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