Archive for February, 2014

Heidi Roizen’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence Report, University of Edinburgh, Scotland

As one of the last “formal” activities of the Edinburgh-Stanford Link — make that the Edinburgh-Stanford Link I – besides the hosting of the Accel Stanford Roundtable on Entrepreneurship Education (REE) Europe in September of 2010, we were blessed to have Heidi Roizen as our Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR).  She was based in the Edinburgh Entrepreneurship Club […]

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Paul Krugman Weighs in on Scottish Independence and Currency

For full disclosure, I certainly do not agree with everything Paul Krugman says.  However, on this occasion, I do. Granted, his Keynesianism and luddism disallow him from seeing the forest through the trees and embracing small “l” libertarianism which supports cryptocurrency. Krugman whipped out a piece “Scots Wa Hae” here on the Opinion Pages of […]

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Response from the Academic Entrepreneur to The Economist article on Scottish Independence

The Academic Entrepreneur would like to comment on the forthcoming article published in the Economist “Pounded into Submission“. The Economist is an English publication with definitive English slant and bias. I am a longtime reader of the publication and do appreciate its perspectives at times, but often do not agree with everything.  Mr. Salmond has […]

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Canada’s Emerging Venture Capital Policy and What Scotland Can Learn

Crucial to an emerging innovation economy such as Scotland’s is a healthy supply of entrepreneurial risk capital, be it business angel, crowdfunding, or institutional venture capital financing.  Supply creates demand. Entrepreneurs seek risk capital and will move to where it is present. Such supply is perhaps the single most important yet often unarticulated reasons that […]

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Now the EU joins in for the fright? Let it go.

Today the airwaves are again full of anti-independence rhetoric for Scotland. Now its the EU joining in to let the voters know that joining is special club will be “difficult”  Another blessing in disguise. Let’s consider that many wealthy and independent nation states are not part of the EU, such as Norway and Switzerland.  Norway does […]

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Pound Ultimatim for Scotland Opens Door for the First Tech Currency State

Political posturing or not, UK Treasury Chief George Osborne has issued a warning to Scotland that it if does go independent, it unfortunately won’t enjoy the wonderful benefits of the Pound.  Pundits will call this a keen political move, adding further fuel to the fire in the Campaign of Fear. Nothing like scaring a bunch of pensioners, […]

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Which Currency for an Independent Scotland?

Which Currency for an Independent Scotland? The Pound or The Euro? Neither. Yesterday there was a lot of political positioning and maneuvering around the currency issue as the UK Chancellor, George Osborne, was supposedly going to rule out a currency union with Scotland, should it vote YES and go independent.  Today there will be a […]

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