How Does Innovation Fit in a Nation with 20% Unemployment?

By: Trevor Blum
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As discussed in the Main Street Catalyst series, unemployment is currently a hot topic in economic and political debate. Politicians continue to clamor for means to create jobs, while governmental agencies and media outlets report lackluster job growth figures. Unemployment rates of major economic powers include: Country - Jul./∆ Jun.-Jul. (%) Japan – 4.4/0.1 Germany – 6.6/0.0 United Kingdom – 7.9* United States – 9.1/-0.1 France – 9.5/0.1 (US Bureau of Labor Statistics,  All figures are adjusted to U.S. concepts and factor seasonality,*May 2011) Nevertheless, these figures are rosy compared to ... Read More

Categories: Author: TMB, innovation

Main Street Catalysts:  Patents, Immersion, and Passion

By: Trevor Blum

US economic news has been notably bleak over the past month:   GDP growth figures have been revised downward; US long-term debt has lost its AAA-rating; payrolls are reported (and expected to continue) to rise at a syrupy pace; and buyer sentiment, as tracked by the Michigan Consumer Sentiment index, is falling. Additionally, developments outside of the US such as sovereign debt issues in Europe, have brought insult to financial injury, leaving insightful analyst, Mr. John Mauldin, to quote the 1987 R.E.M. song, ... Read More

Categories: Author: TMB, Burgeoning Business, Monetizing IP, Today in IP, innovation

Innovation through Public Interaction: The Wisconsin Institutes of Discovery

By: Trevor Blum
WID

My summer travels have taken me from the shallows of Lake Manyara to the shores Lake Mendota. Both these lakes, interestingly, host interactions between members of their surrounding communities; animals at the former and the public of Madison, Wisconsin at the later.  Nowhere does the community of Madison seemingly interact more than at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery (WID) facility, a 10 minute walk from Lake Mendota. WID is a public-private partnership, focused on, inter alia, fostering “new approaches to biological and ... Read More

Categories: Author: TMB, innovation

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