As the price of bitcoin rose to over $11,000 this morning (from lows near $6000 two weeks ago), governance was a key theme over the past week. The Ethereum community is grappling with its own governance roadmap, with an active debate currently underway on how to resolve issues of lost funds due to hacks or vulnerabilities in smart contracts. The post Governance appeared first on The Barefoot VC.

Innovating Municipal Government Culture

Steve Blank

He’s helping city government in Philadelphia become more innovative by applying Lean startup methods and Philadelphia University’s innovation curriculum. I asked him to share an update on his work on teaching lean techniques to local governments.

Keeping Your Information Safe When Ordering Government Documents

The Startup Magazine

Hackers are now so advanced that they even attack government institutions and demand for payments. That’s because most government services are now online. It is very enticing use free public Wi-Fi when filling up forms for government services.

Innovation @ 50x in Companies and Government Agencies

Steve Blank

I’ve spent this year working with corporations and government agencies trying to adapt and adopt Lean Methodologies. In doing so I’ve learned a ton from lots of people.

Obstructionism is terrible governance

Reid Hoffman

Links governmentAs an entrepreneur and investor, I prioritize construction and collaboration.

Why Governments Don’t Get Startups

Steve Blank

When I read policy papers by government organizations trying to replicate the lessons from the valley, I’m struck how they seem to miss some basic lessons. Any government that starts public financing entrepreneurship better have a plan to get out of it by building a private VC industry.

The Bullshit of Government Statistics

Feld Thoughts

It’s a simple game the government is playing with the numbers. Tags: Politics government statistics I just got the following breaking news alert from The New York Times. Economy Adds 290,000 Jobs in April; Jobless Rate Rises to 9.9%”. Let’s parse this. The first clause says “U.S. Economy Adds 290,000 Jobs in April.” This means to me that a bunch of people found new jobs in April. A bunch. Good economy. The second clause says “Jobless Rate Rises to 9.9%.”

Government Shouldn’t Be In The Accelerator Business

Feld Thoughts

This article originally appeared online at in an article titled Government Shouldn’t Be In The Accelerator Business. But I don’t think government should be funding these accelerators, nor do I think they need to. without government funding, being run as entrepreneurial ventures for profit by entrepreneurs. We’ve never taken a dollar of government funding, nor do we plan to.

US Government Grant Tips for New Business

The Startup Magazine

If your business idea has goals that can be aligned to those set up by certain government departments, it might be an excellent idea to try and get financed through a government grant. The post US Government Grant Tips for New Business appeared first on The Startup Magazine.

How Latin American governments are assisting their local startup ecosystems

The Next Web

Launching a successful startup in an environment which lacks a supportive local business ecosystem and startup friendly government, can become nigh on impossible. Launching a successful startup is hard work.

How Federal Government Can Help Entrepreneurship

Feld Thoughts

Over the past few years, I’ve spent some time thinking about how the government can help entrepreneurship. It started with my role as the co-chairman of the Colorado Governors Innovation Council which was my first involvement in any formal way with any government initiative. “ On my run yesterday, I mulled over the big activities that I thought the federal government could do to “build a more supportive environment for entrepreneurship.&#

9 Ways the Government Shutdown Could Affect Your Small Business

Inc Startups

The Senate failed to pass a stopgap measure so the government is officially shut down.

Should Government Help Fund Startups? | VentureArchetypes Blog.

Seed Stage Capital

skip to main | skip to sidebar 18 May 2009 Should Government Help Fund Startups? Ive been running an ongoing, informal debate about the role government should play in encouraging entrepreneurship. We like to say that the government should be the ones to take over.

Lean Government

Startup Lessons Learned

TLDR: Two things: 1) Uncle Sam (and I) want you to be an entrepreneur inside the US Federal Government as a White House Innovation Fellow. They wanted to tell me about work they were doing to make the federal government more entrepreneurial. Aneesh is there again, recently retired from government. His stories and specific examples of "lean government" in action left the audience with a simple message: if they can do Lean Startup in government, what's my excuse?

Governments Should Fund Startup Travel Programs

Instigator Blog

Occasionally I meet a government official and he asks me, “What should the government do to help startups?” Most governments already provide funds (although they should be continuously looking at how and where, and the efficacy of those funds, because I suspect a lot of money is wasted or given out inappropriately). Some governments understand the need to get out of the way. By that I mean that governments should not dabble in startups.

10 Tips to Help Small Businesses Get Government Business

Up and Running

Government culture differs greatly from corporate culture. Companies may pay top dollar for outstanding sales representatives, but unless the person understands the government marketplace and the culture, success will be slow in coming. How long have you been selling to government?

3 Small Business Government Resources You’ve Probably Overlooked

YFS Magazine

Whether it’s funding opportunities or valuable business training, governments across the globe provide hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of free value to entrepreneurs willing to access them. Uncategorized business accelerator business counseling business incubators government contracts mentorship small business workshops

How technology can disrupt a Government.

Start Up Blog

Any government is only all powerful as long as the system it operates under is stable, and the people allow it to continue to control its market. A Government is just like a business in many ways. Could a Government be disrupted, in a non military, non-coup kind of way?

Verizons Ethics and Governance

deal architect

In 2007, when Verizon was negotiating Congressional immunity for its role in wiretapping, I wanted to be a fly on the wall to hear how its Shared Success Council (its ethics committee which reports to the Board) was reconciling government

The Ethics in Government Act (1978) - Great Resource For Debate


The Ethics in Government Act of 1978 is a United States federal law that came about during he Nixon scandals. It created mandatory, public disclosure of financial and employment history of public officials and their immediate family" - Wikipedia PDF of document from the US House: The Ethics in Government Act of 1978 Morrison v. The law was originally passed in '78 during the Nixon scandals.

The Future of Government: Hayward & the Lean Startup

Startup Lessons Learned

It’s been exciting to watch the Lean Startup movement grow from a practice utilized in the tech world to one implemented in a wide variety of sectors ranging from enterprise to education, religious organizations, nonprofits, and government groups. When we talk about government, we mean both the macro outfits whose work affects the entire country (perhaps you’ve heard of the IRS ) and regionally-focused groups alike. I also think politics can derail these efforts by city governments.

Popular Drone Maker DJI May Be Sending Customer Videos To The Chinese Government

Inc Startups

A US Government memo claims that the drone manufacturer is supplying the Chinese government with information then used for espionage and commercial purposes.

Power To The People – Creating Trust In Data With Collaborative Governance


They must adopt a model of collaborative governance. The good news is that IT professionals have a blueprint from the companies that pioneered the use of the World Wide Web for collaborative data governance. Airbnb is another excellent example of collaborative governance in action.

6 Tips for Government Contracting Success for Small Businesses - Part 1

Inc Startups

Kim Folsom, founder of LIFT Development Enterprises and Founders First Capital Partners, shares advice on successful government contracting for small businesses.

Government and Universities Should Use the Word “Convener” More

Feld Thoughts

This was used to define a role for many of the constituents in the COIN summit which included entrepreneurs, government, university, and big company folks. Government and universities, in my view around startup communities, are feeders, not leaders. Startup Communities convener Entrepreneurship government startup communities universityI heard the word “connector” several times yesterday at the Colorado Innovation Network summit.

3 Government Apps That Make City Living a Little Easier

Inc Startups

Ask anyone what app they wish their city's government offered, and they'll tell you. Here is why more cities need to tap into that wish list. Technology

Free Government Money for Startups

David Teten

A few weeks ago, Fred Wilson discussed the role of government grants in helping launch tech companies. Fred is not a fan and argues that evaluating and aiding early-stage companies is not a core competency of government organizations.

U.S. Government Embraces Crowdsourcing

crowdSPRING Blog

Within the next 120 days, the administration will release a web-based platform to manage the government’s crowdsourcing efforts. Here’s the opening paragraph of the government’s memorandum: At the outset of his Administration, President Barack Obama signed the Memorandum on.

3 Ways Government Could Actually Help Entrepreneurs

Inc Startups

Calling on Washington to support the go-getters of our nation.

Mars Mission Shows Why Innovators Love and Hate the Government

Inc Startups

Government is a big driver of innovation, but it's become a riskier bet over the years

Widespread UK Business Sector Welcomes Government’s New “Industrial Strategy” White Paper


The UK government earlier unveiled a highly anticipated industrial strategy designed to tackle Britain’s productivity woes and championing sectors such as Construction, Manufacturing, Automotive and Life sciences. There will be more to come – hopefully, under future government as well.

Governance Models That Don’t Scale: The World According to Charles T. Munger and Jean Jacques Rousseau

Pascal's View

Can you name five successful, long serving CEO’s (excluding Warren Buffett ) whose governance histories are free of the “high-beta” associated with outliers such as Larry Ellison and Steve Jobs ? It is in this context that I found “Corporate Governance According to Charles T.

Ransomware slows Mecklenburg County government to a crawl

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

A cyberattack slowed county government to a crawl Wednesday in North Carolina’s most populous metro area as deputies processed jail inmates by hand, the tax office turned away electronic payments and building code inspectors switched to paper records

The Great Business - Government Schism

Mark Birch

We should storm the offices of these fat cats because they are not giving back to society and government. The turmoil of the late 60’s fostered the first inklings of suspicion about the broad role of government.

Here is Why You Should Start your Career in Government

Inc Startups

US Chief Data Scientist DJ Patil weighs in on working for The White House, and how to start a career in government

Why governments support venture capital

The Equity Kicker

The Canadian government is investing directly in funds, some other governments have followed that model whilst others achieve the same result via manipulation of the tax code.

Delta's Comfortable New Plane Has a Name That Looks Like It's Mocking the U.S. Government

Inc Startups

Well, won't you look at that? Best-Kept Travel Secrets

No Matter What You Might Think, the Government Doesn't Want to Kill the Private Sector

Inc Startups

Local and state governments loves entrepreneurs and startups. The just don't always know the right way to help. Startup

Why Government-Supported Venture Capital Is Something You Should Think (Twice) About

Inc Startups

The government should be giving their resources to entrepreneurship. The question is: how? Startup

Alibaba S-1: How Alibaba Is Governed Like China’s Politburo

Agile VC

Some context… like many startups, the founders of Alibaba still own substantial stakes in the company and believe it’s in the company’s best interests for them to retain an outsized influence in the company’s governance longer term.

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