Archive for September, 2009

What Have Venture Capitalists Really Done for Innovation?

Monday, September 28th, 2009

MoneyAn article by Vivek Wadhwa at TechCrunch explains why “VCs follow innovation, they don’t lead.”

The National Venture Capital Association claims in their Venture Impact report that companies like Microsoft and Google “…would not exist today without the funding and guidance provided during their early stages by venture capitalists.”

But what about the entrepreneurs who, as Wadhwa puts it, “risk their life savings, max out their credit cards and put their families in the back seat?”

Read the article here.


Interview with Timothy Sandefur on Market and Political Entrepreneurs

Monday, September 21st, 2009

Below is a two-part interview wherein CEE’s Executive Director, Dr. Stephen Hicks, talks with Fall 2009 Guest Speaker Timothy Sandefur about the contrasting views of the Progressives and the Founding Fathers on liberty and human rights, how the Progressive agenda has led to an increase in political entrepreneurship, and philosophy’s role in stimulating positive changes in our political system.

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Part II:

CEE Fall 2009 Guest Speakers

Friday, September 11th, 2009

The Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship is proud to announce its guest speakers for Fall 2009:

Timothy Sandefur

Timothy Sandefur

“Market Entrepreneurs and Political Entrepreneurs: Some Legal and Constitutional Issues”

September 16, 6 pm, SCAR 220

Timothy Sandefur is a Senior Staff Attorney at the Pacific Legal Foundation, a public interest law firm based in Sacramento, California. He is the author of Cornerstone of Liberty: Property Rights in 21st Century America and has written for The San Francisco Chronicle.

Jerry Kirkpatrick

Jerry Kirkpatrick

“The Importance of Philosophy to a Successful Business Career”

October 27, 6 pm, SCAR 204

“Montessori and Dewey as Educational Philosophers”

October 28, 6 pm, STARR 223

Jerry Kirkpatrick is Professor of International Business & Marketing at California State Polytechnic University. He is the author of In Defense of Advertising and a book on educational philosophy and public policy: Montessori, Dewey, and Capitalism.

Joshua Hall

Joshua Hall

“The Dilemma of School Finance Reform”

October 13, 6 pm, Grace Roper Lounge

November 11, 6 pm, STARR 223

Joshua Hall is Assistant Professor of Economics at Beloit College. His articles have appeared in such publications as the Journal of Social, Political, and Economic Studies, the Journal of Economics and Politics, and The Independent Review.

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August 2009 issue of Kaizen

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

K8 coverThe latest issue of Kaizen features our interview with Steve Mariotti, founder of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), an organization dedicated to providing entrepreneurship education to low-income youths.

Also featured in Kaizen are CEE guest speakers David Mayer and C. Bradley Thompson, an interview with Steve Kadamian on his entrepreneurship course, and a report on the 2009 High School Entrepreneur Day.

A PDF version of Kaizen is available here. We will soon post separately the full interview with Mr. Mariotti.

If you would like to receive a complimentary issue of the print version of Kaizen, please email your name and postal address to CEE [at] Rockford.edu.