The Kauffman Foundation is the leading private funder of economic research related to growth and innovation in the United States. (Translation: They write checks for $100 Million dollars a year.) The Churchill Club, Silicon Valley’s largest public affairs organization, invited Carl Schramm, president and CEO of the Kauffman Foundation and I to talk about entrepreneurship. (The official title of the talk was Fresh Perspectives on Entrepreneurial Innovation and Economic Growth.) Rich Karlgaard, publisher of Forbes and co-founder of the Churchill Club refereed the event.
Carl has been been shaking up the staid world of academic entrepreneurship research for over 8 years as the head of the foundation. I think the expectation was that putting the two of us together would see the fur fly.
Instead of a brawl it turned out to be collegial, entertaining and informative.
BTW, the definition of entrepreneurship I describe at 2:50 into the video is described in detail in the post “You’re Not a Real Entrepreneur.”
Here’s a 6 minute excerpt from the talk.
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