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Think We're the Most Entrepreneurial Country In the World? Not So Fast

We're the venture-capital capital of the world, but start-ups and young small businesses play a smaller role in America's economy than in many other rich nations.

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'A Space to Be an Entrepreneur and Not Feel Like You Have Leprosy Here in Cleveland'

An abandoned car dealership has been transformed into a lively space for Cleveland's nerds and entrepreneurs alike

Detroit's Gleaming Start-Up Tower

The Motor City is for hardcore entrepreneurs.

The Innovation Culture of the Great Lakes

An interactive map of our itinerary for Startup Nation 2012.

Does Higher Energy Consumption Cause Greater Economic Output? The Atlantic

Does Higher Energy Consumption Cause Greater Economic Output?

An old energy debate gets a new solar shine.

The Best Sign That It's Safe to Start a Business Again puroticorico / flickr

The Best Sign That It's Safe to Start a Business Again

Self-employment is on the rise, and that may mean more businesses are surviving.

New Rule: Let's Ban the Term 'Small Businesses' From All Future Debates Reuters

New Rule: Let's Ban the Term 'Small Businesses' From All Future Debates

Why? Because the phrase is absolutely meaningless.

Charge Your Phone by ... Walking? Tremont Electric

Charge Your Phone by ... Walking?

A new device can harvest some of the energy you create while walking, and can store it up for charging your phone or iPod later.

The Data-Driven, 21st-Century 'Choose Your Own Adventure' Coliloquy

The Data-Driven, 21st-Century 'Choose Your Own Adventure'

A publishing startup is dramatically rethinking the relationship between writers and readers.

Why a 17th-Century Text Is the Perfect Starting Point for Reinventing the Book Wikimedia Commons

Why a 17th-Century Text Is the Perfect Starting Point for Reinventing the Book

Shakespeare's The Tempest is meant to be read out loud, discussed, and lives in the public domain.

The Curse of Too Much (Venture) Money Reuters

The Curse of Too Much (Venture) Money

Color raised 82 times more money than Instagram. Why did it lose so badly?

Venture Capitols: The Most Popular States for Startup Investors adrew/flickr

Venture Capitols: The Most Popular States for Startup Investors

California may still be king. But venture capitalists are slowly spreading the wealth around.

The Case for Abolishing Patents (Yes, All of Them) USPTO

The Case for Abolishing Patents (Yes, All of Them)

A new paper says that our patent system is killing innovation, and that dismantling it entirely would have fewer consequences than you think.

Why Entrepreneurship Can Be Bad News for the Economy Reuters

Why Entrepreneurship Can Be Bad News for the Economy

Many Americans may be starting new businesses only because they can't get work elsewhere.

The 30-Year Decline of American Entrepreneurship Reuters

The 30-Year Decline of American Entrepreneurship

Americans may worship start-up founders like Steve Jobs, but we've been founding fewer companies of our own.

Pivoting a City: Can Startups Help More Than Themselves? Alexis Madrigal

Pivoting a City: Can Startups Help More Than Themselves?

Pittsburgh has proven fertile soil for new companies, but the startup mentality may meet its match in a real town's legacy problems.

Why Too Many Startups Stink Reuters

Why Too Many Startups Stink

They fail by trying to solve non-problems.

Bringing Innovation to the Funeral-Home Business (No, Really) Alexis Madrigal

Bringing Innovation to the Funeral-Home Business (No, Really)

"We had more information on where to go to dinner... than we did for my cousin's funeral."

A Framed First Dollar for the Internet Age Alexis Madrigal

A Framed First Dollar for the Internet Age

Or, the most awesomely nerdy conference table ever.

Helping Apartment Complexes Help You Alexis Madrigal

Helping Apartment Complexes Help You

All those thousands of apartment buildings? They all need a social-media presence now. And this company wants to build them.

'A Space to Be an Entrepreneur and Not Feel Like You Have Leprosy Here in Cleveland' Alexis Madrigal

'A Space to Be an Entrepreneur and Not Feel Like You Have Leprosy Here in Cleveland'

An abandoned car dealership has been transformed into a lively space for Cleveland's nerds and entrepreneurs alike

Detroit's Gleaming Start-Up Tower flickr/gilgamesh

Detroit's Gleaming Start-Up Tower

The Motor City is for hardcore entrepreneurs.

The Computerized Birder: Can Software Stop Bird Strikes on Wind Farms? Alexis Madrigal

The Computerized Birder: Can Software Stop Bird Strikes on Wind Farms?

To count birds now, a guy sits in a lawn chair. Two former Indiana students want to use machine vision to generate better data that will prevent birds from being killed.

The Internet and Things: How Manufacturing Could Get Better With a Dose of Networked Data Alexis Madrigal

The Internet and Things: How Manufacturing Could Get Better With a Dose of Networked Data

Tucked away in a makerspace inside a corporate office park, we found a company trying to bring the Internet age to manufacturing with machine vision. This is where augmented reality gets serious.