Thursday, September 25, 2008

A New Works Progress Administration of Entrepreneurs

Brush up on your WPA knowledge kids, FDR's Get-Americans-Back-To-Work program, because the biggest opportunity of your life is sitting here right in front of you. Entrepreneurs Unite and Get Going! You might want to read more about Harry Hopkins, who ran the WPA for Roosevelt and started his career as a community organizer on New York's Lower East Side. Did I say "community organizer?" Oh yeah, now where have I heard that term before ... hmm.

The energy and excitement of the MIT Tech Review Emerging Technology Conference this week in Boston has been a spiritual antidote to the dark and depressing news of the economy coming crashing down around us. I tend to be a half-full glass kindof girl, or as some have said, a glass and a half-full optimist. There's no doubt in my mind that we are at an amazing crossroads with so many energetic, bright, young, not-so-young and older entrepreneurs ready to step into the arena, creating many new green companies, making big strides in biotech, as well as starting a rainbow of other colors of new start-ups, there are just so many exciting areas to explore. The TR35 entrepreneurs can tell you all about that.

It's time for all of us to start the hard work of building many new enterprises, creating many new jobs for all the people eager to get back to work in this country, and ready to move the USA back into the high gear of global technical leadership. Let's JUST DO IT!