Archive for December, 2014

CEE Review: Startup MBA | Thiel’s Zero to One | The Really Big Tech Issues | Does Money Buy Elections?, and more

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

News and Opinion

jeff-sandefer The Startup MBA program: entrepreneur and BusinessWeek professor of the year Jeff Sandefer co-founded the Acton MBA. The Savvy Street.

Why are tech entrepreneurs focused on gaming and photo sharing — and not on the big problems of the infrastructure of the virtual world? Stanford’s Balaji Srinivasan’s paper on Regulation, Disruption, and the Technologies [pdf].

Nigerian billionaire Tony Elumelu’s plan to develop 10,000 African entrepreneurs in ten years. Forbes.

Free speech and entrepreneurs: “Comfyballs” is too much for the US Patent

Anurag Wadehra reviews Peter Thiel’s Zero to 1. Constellation Research.

And Philip Broughton reviews Alex Epstein’s The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels. The Wall Street Journal.

Does Money Buy Elections? When Billionaires Court Voters. Stephen Hicks at The Good Life.


Jim-CollinsIdea: “A company should limit its growth based on its ability to attract enough of the right people.” (Jim Collins)

This will be our final CEE Review for the year. See you in 2015. Here are the previous editions of CEE Review.

CEE Review: Startup cities | Saving Detroit entrepreneurially | Does Power Corrupt? | Billy Yeatts, and more

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

News and Opinion

Our new Kaizen interview with Argentine entrepreneur Billy Yeatts. This one could be subtitled entrepreneurship from Buenos Aires to Tierra del Fuego to Houston and Bolivia and more.

Making local politics entrepreneurial: Zachary Carceres and the start-up cities project. Detroit-rebirth

The Economist: No One Expected Latin America To Slow Down Like This.

Two economists at Johnson and Wales University on Uber, Lyft, and the effect of barriers to entry on consumers. Mercatus.

And P. J. O’Rourke has a plan to save Detroit: turn it into Hong Kong. Related: Hong Kong’s #1 status in the Index of Economic Freedom.

Why Power Does Not Corrupt. It’s Character That Matters Most. Stephen Hicks at The Good Life.


Unique venue — an academic conference on a cruise: First International Conference on Medical Ethics, Healthcare Systems & Global Business Issues At Sea.Thomas_Paine Sailing from Miami in June 2015.

Idea: “We have it in our power to begin the world over again.” Thomas Paine

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: German productivity | Montessori and leadership | Culture and entrepreneurship | and more

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

News and Opinion

Culture: Why Germans work fewer hours but produce more. Knote.

Ambiga Dhiraj on how her company revamped management training to develop leaders the Montessori way. Harvard Business Review.

“If we really want to fix development, we need to stop chasing after ideas the way we go on fad diets.” Michael Hobbs on aid, development, unintended consequences, and complex adaptive systems. The New Republic.sarah-coffee

Should governments focus on stimulating entrepreneurship — or on reducing the many barriers to entrepreneurship? A video short on Sarah Travis, a Chicago coffee entrepreneur who left Illinois due to its burdensome regulatory environment.

More on culture: Professor Arielle John on cultural influences upon entrepreneurship, with special reference to Trinidad. YouTube.

Dale Halling on the modern explosion in inventiveness: “The best explanation for the preeminence of English speakers in lifting humanity out of its ten-thousand-year-long Malthusian trap is that the Anglophone world democratized the nature of invention.” The Savvy Street.


Saint Vincent College announces the Douglas B. Rogers Conditions of a Free Society Essay Competition for undergraduates.

Stephen Hicks is in Lisbon, Portugal this week to give a graduate seminar on postmodernism and politics. The seminar is hosted by the Institute for Political Studies at the Catholic University of Portugal. Information about the Portuguese edition of Explaining Postmodernism is

Idea: “Whether you think you can, or whether you think you can’t, you’re right.” (Henry Ford)

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.