Archive for October, 2014

CEE Review: Debug your brain | Prefer women leaders? | Conservatives against capitalism | and more

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

News and Opinion

Just try finding a parking spot in a busy city. Max Marty’s Volo app wants to solve the problem.

Women prefer male bosses even more than men do. Venessa Wong and Natalie Kitroeff at Bloomberg Businessweek.

woman-leader Related: A study concludes that companies with higher levels of representation by women in leadership “attain better financial results, on average, than other companies.” Catalyst.

Conservatives Against Free-Market Capitalism. Stephen Hicks at The Good Life.

Lock companies move to replace keys with your smartphone. “Smart locks can be safer than traditional ones because keys can’t be lost, shared or copied, and there’s a record of the comings and goings of keyholders. The biggest threat is old-fashioned lock-picking.” The Wall Street Journal.

Oliver Emberton’s amusing How to debug your brain and get stuff done. “Our brains are the most bug ridden pieces of junk since Internet Explorer.”


The Index on Censorship announces that nominations are open for its 2015 Freedom of Expression awards.

Global Entrepreneurship Week USA’s line-up of activities for November 2014. Three major themes are National Entrepreneurs’ Day, Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, and Global Business Angels Day.

kindiIdea: “We should not be ashamed to acknowledge truth from whatever source it comes to us, even if it is brought by former generations and foreign peoples. For him who seeks the truth there is nothing of higher value than the truth itself.” Al-Kindi, Islamic philosopher (d. 866).

See you next time with our digest of new and interesting items in entrepreneurship, ethics, and political economy. Here are the previous editions of CEE Review.

CEE Review: Love Canal again | Meaningful careers | VCs funding pure science, and more

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

News and Opinion

Want a meaningful careers? Don’t major in business. The Wall Street Journal on why business majors seem most disengaged from their work.

What are the business ethics lessons? The Love Canal Environmental Disaster — Four Decades Later.hazardous-waste

Peruvian economist Hernando de Soto on entrepreneurship and economic empowerment as a way to defeat ISIS and other terrorists — with lessons from Peru’s defeat of its own Shining Path terrorists.

Hiroko Tabuchi in The New York Times: venture capitalists increasing science funding.

Business ethicist Jaana Woiceshyn on the virtue of productiveness. At Profitable and Moral.

Sobering data on the downward trend in start-up creation. Dane Stangler at the Kauffman Foundation.


The Foundation for Economic Education is offering free seminars for students and parents on the Economics of Entrepreneurship.duke_ellington

Idea: “I don’t need time. What I need is a deadline.” Duke Ellington, jazz pianist, composer, and conductor (1899- 1974).

See you next time with our digest of new and interesting items in entrepreneurship, ethics, and political economy. Here are the previous editions of CEE Review.

CEE Review: North Korean VC | Does B-School squelch creativity? | Corruption and regulation | and more

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

A venture-capitalist-to-be’s escape from North Korea: a documentary on Dae Sung Kim, who started off trading goods illegally across the Chinese border, then escaped to South Korea, and now is a VC for other North Korean refugees.

Marc Andreessen on finance: “We Can Reinvent the Entire Thing”. Bloomberg BusinessWeek.
analyzing-blood-lab“Elizabeth Holmes founded her revolutionary blood diagnostics company, Theranos, when she was 19. It’s now worth more than $9 billion, and poised to change health care.” Fortune.

At the Atlas Summit, Stephen Hicks on “Corruption in Business: Does Regulation Lessen or Increase It?” YouTube.

Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal on creativity and Asberger’s, being gay, and whether the culture of business school squelches original thought. Natalie Kitroeff at Bloomberg BusinessWeek.

Sunil Kumar, dean at Chicago’s Booth School, wants to upgrade its entrepreneurial reputation. At The Wall Street Journal.


Seeking entrepreneurial ideas in education: Incentives for Learning. Freelancer’s site.

public-choiceThe 52nd annual conference of the Public Choice Society will be held March 12-15, 2015, at the Hyatt Regency Riverwalk Hotel in San Antonio, Texas.

The Symposium on Innovation-Entrepreneurship, in connection with the 6th International Multi-Conference on Complexity, Informatics and Cybernetics, will be held in Orlando, Florida on March 10-13, 2015. Call for Papers.

Idea: “Civilization is not inherited; it has to be learned and earned by each generation anew; if the transmission should be interrupted for one century, civilization would die, and we should be savages again.” (Will and Ariel Durant, The Story of Civilization)

Idea: “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” (Helen Keller)

CEE Review: Hackers tweak medical devices | Income mobility | Capitalists’ reputations, and more

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

News and Opinion

Regulatory capture eye-opener: The Secret Recordings of Carmen Segarra.

Time and motion study: How top business leaders spend their days.

C1-DF-agencies-smallPatrick A. McLaughlin on measuring the surge of regulation after the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act.

Workplace safety debates: State governments versus federal government versus contractors. The Wall Street Journal. (Another option should be to let workers make their own self-responsible decisions.)

Hackers tweak medical devices to improve them, but the FDA is worried. The Wall Street Journal.

Income mobility: There Are More Self-Made Billionaires In The Forbes 400 Than Ever Before. Forbes.

After the financial crisis, how do the reputations of corporate executives fare in surveys around the world? Donald Baer reports in The Wall Street Journal.

And Stephen Hicks wonders: Where are all those free-market economists who caused the financial crisis? At “The Good Life.”


The 2015 MIT Global Startup Workshop will be held in Guatemala and co-sponsored by Universidad Francisco Marroquín.

American University’s Kogod School of Business is hosting a conference on “The Business and Economics of Peace” on April 10-11, 2015.

Call for Papers for the 31st EGOS Colloquium: “What Ancient Philosophy has to Teach Organization Studies.” To be held July 2-4, 2015 in Athens, Greece. Send abstracts to Stelios Zyglidopoulos.

Bougeois-Virtues-cover Idea: “Americans have a great deal. They have a great deal, I said, because they produce a great deal. Contrary to your grandmother’s dictum — ‘Eat your spinach: think of the starving children in China’ – consuming less in rich America would add nothing to the goods available in China. Not a grain of rice. Countries are rich or poor, have a great deal to consume or very little, mainly because they work well or badly, not because some outsider is adding to or stealing from a God-given endowment. To think otherwise is to suppose that goods come literally and directly from God, like manna. They do not. We humans make them.” (Deirdre McCloskey, The Bourgeois Virtues)

CEE Review: Progress on poverty | Jack Ma’s tough words | Precautionary principle | Volunteering banned, and more

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

News and Opinion

Entrepreneurial innovation and the precautionary principle: Adam Thierer on technology policy. At the Technology Liberation Front site.

Tough words from rags-to-riches entrepreneur Jack Ma: “If You’re Poor At 35, You Deserve It.”jack_ma

Volunteering banned at for-profit businesses. The San Jose Mercury News.

Antitrust: the FTC is deciding whether to allow a merger between two food companies on the grounds that the joined companies would have 25% market share. At The Wall Street Journal.

Elon Musk, Lyndon Rive, and their plan to transform the world’s energy market with battery packs and solar power.

Stephen Hicks asks: Who Really Wants to Solve the Problem of Poverty? “The Good Life” at


Professor Joshua Hall is the new editor at the Journal of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy.

Three teenage girls from Cork, Ireland — Émer Hickey, Ciara Judge, and Sophie Healy — won the Grand Prize at the 2014 Google Science Fair.

Call for proposals for the 2015 Annual Meeting of the International Association of Business and Society (IABS). Conference Theme: Pura Vida: Realizing Eudemonia in Business and Society. To be held at the Hilton Papagayo Resort, Guanacaste, Costa Rica, March 12 – 15, 2015.

brad-birdIdea: The Incredibles director Brad Bird, in a meeting at Pixar: “A lot of us in this room have not grown up — and I mean that in the best way. The conundrum is how to become mature and become reliable while at the same time preserving your childlike wonder. People have come up to me many times, as I’m sure has happened to many people in this room, and said, ‘Gee, I wish I could be creative like you. That would be something, to be able to draw.’ But I believe that everyone begins with the ability to draw. Kids are instinctively there. But a lot of them unlearn it. Or people tell them they can’t or it’s impractical. So yes, kids have to grow up, but maybe there’s a way to suggest that they could be better off if they held on to some of their childish ideas.”

See you next time with our digest of new and interesting items in entrepreneurship, ethics, and political economy. Here are the previous editions of CEE Review.