Startup America for dummies

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I wrote a blog about why Startup America is a bad idea, which has garnered a lot of attention. Not so from the Obama administration who ignored my request to participate in its first roundtable. Go ahead administration, and ignore the “best Venture Capital thinker in the world” (according to a Venture Capital journalist). As a (now financial) entrepreneur I am used to being ignored in the beginning, so I don’t take it personal.

In that blog I made clear that not entrepreneurialism in this country needs help, but the financial system that acts as the arbitrage responsible for -4.6% 10 year returns is to blame. Simply put, by economic principle any black-box laissez-faire financial system turns subprime by default and so has Venture Capital. It is the exact same uniform deployment of fragmented risk that created the Real Estate implosion, that is also responsible for the innovation implosion. All while an 80% adoption greenfield is eagerly awaiting technology to enhance its life.

So, for Startup America to focus on the education of entrepreneurship using the existing subprime financial arbitrage is foolish and a waste of tax-payers money. Would you be watching American Idol when judges were trying to teach wannabes how to sing? I think not, American Idol contestants are evaluated (not taught) on their innate ability to sing.

Entrepreneurs are born with the confidence and ability to think different, just like a singer is born with great vocal cords. Both will spend the rest of their lives perfecting the application of that skill. But they better not be evaluated along the way by judges who don’t know how to produce results themselves. Pushing wannabes through the same subprime funnel will not do our economy any good, quite the opposite.

Venture Capital has already lost more than 10-years of great entrepreneurial capacity it failed to recognize, by virtue of its subprime arbitrage.

 

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About Georges van Hoegaerden

Georges is a serial entrepreneur, venture catalyst, 4x CEO, board director turned innovation economist (by fate). His ideas have raised $14M in venture capital and produced over $100M in returns. More.