Georgia has long been considered one of the best places in the nation to start a business or grow jobs. We have low taxes, great public infrastructure, and a competitive legal and regulatory climate. We have the No. 1 ranking from Site Selection magazine. Most of the time, we even have great weather.
Despite all those advantages, if we can’t give our employers the qualified workers they need to fill the jobs they create, those jobs may not stay here long.
There's nothing like a surprise to get you started in the morning. Perhaps that's what President George W. Bush had in mind when he popped out from behind a stage curtain in Dallas this week.
The Chamber Foundation was visiting the Bush Institute to talk about North America's competitiveness. We felt this was an important topic getting too little air play. After all, so much of our trade, innovation, energy, and culture leap (or crawl) across the borders of Canada and Mexico everyday. And the president agreed, as did a host of notable business leaders who made the pilgrimage to the SMU campus on March 26th.
Sec. Margaret Spellings, the Bush Institute's president, first walked on stage to give welcoming remarks. Then the gasps came, as she mentioned a certain guest would be making an appearance. Sure enough, the former leader of the free world emerged.
You could say that innovating using Big Data requires looking for love in all the wrong places—and when you find that something to love, persevering through thick and thin to make it take hold for everyone’s mutual benefit.
Alfred Sommer is an eye doctor who, in his relentless review of research datasets, came across critical information that led him to forge a low-cost, highly efficacious, life-saving innovation in healthcare.Sommer’s simple medical intervention has likely saved millions of children from premature death. Of data, he says:
There is a general perception today that the typical entrepreneur is a 20-something tech wiz who builds a million-dollar social application out of his parent’s garage or college dorm room. The problem with this stereotype is that there is no such thing as a “typical” entrepreneur. Indeed, perhaps one of the few things common to all entrepreneurs is that they are not typical. They are risk takers and innovators, and often times, success means thinking in creative, untypical ways to satisfy an unaddressed consumer demand. This essential color-outside-the-lines quality is not limited to the college dropouts (of the Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg variety); it is found in people across all backgrounds and ages.