Insights begin with knowledge. That’s why I’m proud to collaborate with Silicon Valley Bank on its annual survey of more than 1,200 executives from high-growth companies around the world, from early-stage startups to large global enterprises.
Silicon Valley Bank’s Innovation Economy Outlook reports examine the make-up of the innovation economy, how high-growth companies are performing, the opportunities and challenges they face, and how those vary across different sectors and geographies.
Public policy is having an increasing impact on high-growth, innovative companies.
In part, that's because public policy is having an increasing effect on all businesses. In part, it's because the "innovation economy" is now an important part of the overall U.S. economy and U.S. consumers' lives. And in part, it's because entrepreneurs are moving into traditionally regulated sectors, like financial services, education, and transportation.
For innovation to thrive, entrepreneurs need to understand where policies are headed, and policymakers need to understand how their decisions affect the small, young, rapidly growing companies that will define our economy's future.
Digital currencies – including but not limited to Bitcoin – have the potential to transform our financial system and our economy. Done right, they could unleash another wave of economic and social change on the scale of the Internet.
Yet transformation isn't easy, particularly in financial services. To unlock digital currencies’ promise, we need to clarify their potential benefits, understand the regulatory, technological and market conditions necessary for those benefits to emerge, and develop an intellectually honest, politically viable vision for how to govern and regulate them.
Public policies shape the environment within which high-growth companies exist. But Washington DC's institutions are ill-equipped to think about innovation policy in a comprehensive way.
Innovation in payment technologies can improve the lives of Californians and strengthen California's economy. But the payments revolution is in its infancy, and policymakers need to give innovation the time and space to develop.
Public policy's impact on the innovation economy continues to increase. Read how, why, and the top policy issues likely to face growing companies during 2014.
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