Weekend Read: Debunking the Myth of the Startup Hub - The Accelerators - WSJ

Report: 162 new startups in Columbus in 2010.

The Scioto Valley is competing with that Silicone one.

More than ever, it is time to foster this growth and advocate for policies strengthening the startup culture and addressing the financial, social and familial stresses uniquely impacting entrepreneurs.

As noted in the article:

Differentiating potentially high-growth startups from other new businesses is important for public policy too. Ronnie Chatterji, a Duke University business school professor and former Obama White House adviser, points out that potentially high-growth firms like those in the high-tech sector command an entirely different set of policy priorities. According to Engine Advocacy, a non-profit that connects startups with policymakers, reform is required in areas like education, immigration, intellectual property, and financial regulation. State policymakers can create investment-friendly environments through tax incentives and regulatory reform.

Now is the time to take up these issues with the Ohio legislature and executive and advocate for progress and change.

We cannot let this momentum fade in Columbus (or beyond) and allow the creative energy in this community to be discouraged or exhausted.

Jeffrey Ruppert


Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/accelerators/2013/02/...