I recently caught up with Dane Stangler of the Startup Genome project to talk about startups in the US. He talks about the general decline in startup activity, the geography of startups, how to create a startup cluster, and the role of broadband access in startup creation. If the audio player for the podcast doesn't show up for you, click over to … [Read More...]
On Sunday the New York Times ran a story on the difficulties of building new housing in California, focusing on the city of Berkeley. There's a lot of good in the piece, including the insane difficulties of getting approvals to build even when you propose something in keeping with the existing zoning.
But it misses a lot too. Firstly, it … [Read More...]
My latest piece in City Journal is a look at the interior of the country and its future. It's an introductory survey that points out that there isn't a simple coasts vs. the rest, but that there are many distinct regions and cities with varying performance. Many interior regions and cities are doing very well while others legitimately struggle. … [Read More...]
I mentioned the restoring American economy dynamism conference I attended earlier this week. I was able to record a podcast there with Jaana Remes, one of the speakers. Jaana is a partner at McKinsey and part of their in-house think tank the McKinsey Global Institute. You should definitely get on their list because they put out incredible research … [Read More...]
I recently strongly criticized the FCC over its plan to relax station ownership rules and for allowing TV and radio stations to close their local studios. But I support the FCC's move to repeal net neutrality.
The idea of net neutrality isn't a bad one. But the way this rule was implemented applies only to the ISPs, not to the Silicon Valley … [Read More...]
I attended a conference here in New York yesterday about how to restore America's economy dynamism. It included a lot of folks including former Bank of England Governor Lord Mervyn King and Nobel Prize winning economist Edmund Phelps.
There were some interesting remarks and I need to dive into some of the actual papers. After doing so I might … [Read More...]
I've written a number of times before about proximity as a double edged sword for cities like Providence and Milwaukee. They are decent sized metros in their own right, but very close to major global cities. This is typically spun as a gain by those smaller regions, but generally speaking they've not been stellar performers in terms of rapid … [Read More...]
After a nail biter of a recount in a fiercely contested proxy battle, activist investor Nelson Peltz narrowly won a seat on the board of Procter and Gamble, the Cincinnati-based consumer products giant known for classic household brands like Pampers, Tide, and Crest toothpaste. Everyone agrees that the company has been underperforming. The CEO … [Read More...]
Brian Feldman's piece about how consolidation killed St. Louis got a lot of attention when it came out last year. He argues that a rollback of anti-trust regulations that allowed industrial consolidation was the silent killer of what were once key regional business capitals like St. Louis.
Interestingly, his focus was on something you may not … [Read More...]