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To Every Cloud a Silver Lining: Tackling Climate Change in 2016

Medium, 12/30/16 Prevailing sentiment in progressive haunts is “2016, don’t let the door hit you on the way out.” Between a stressful election season, acts of terror, and the crisis in Syria, many of us will be glad to see the calendar page turn on Sunday night. Still, to every cloud a silver lining, and […]

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Holding Back The Tide

The Boston Herald, Letters, 12/19/16 The Herald’s story on the impending consequences of climate change for Boston read like a splash of cold water in the face (“Sea levels could sink Hub,” Dec. 9). As frightening as many of those projections are — a major flood affecting 90,000 Bostonians and 12,000 buildings with damages of […]

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5 Tech Trends That Will Shape Future Elections

Boston Globe, Business & Tech, 11/4/16 In the entrepreneurial world, you often hear people talking about the “democratizing” effect of a new technology. YouTube gave anyone the power to have her own TV channel; sites such as eBay and Etsy make it possible for anyone to become a merchant with global reach. But as this […]

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Building economic justice in America’s cities

Boston Globe, 8/9/16 Rampant unemployment. Diabetes virtually out of control. Fresh fruits and vegetables hard to find or afford. With one-third of our nation’s minority poverty concentrated in our inner cities, and signs of economic insecurity and income inequality everywhere, it’s easy to understand the sense of hopelessness and abandonment that tens of millions feel […]

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Don’t Send Foreign Entrepreneurs Packing

Boston Globe, Opinion, 4/4/16 By Jeffrey J. Bussgang and Bill Brah MANY HIGH-TECH entrepreneurs dread this time of year — the annual lottery for H-1B visas is about to get underway. More than 300,000 skilled foreign workers will apply to receive one of only 85,000 of the magic tickets that allow them to take jobs in […]

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Leader Lab Seeks Some Answers

Boston Globe, Business, 3/17/16 It may not seem possible to solve all of Boston’s biggest problems in one day. But Jesse Mermell is going to give it a try. As president of the left-leaning Alliance for Business Leadership, Mermell is hosting a daylong workshop called the Leader Lab at the Seaport World Trade Center on […]

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Positive Progress for Non-Compete Reform

WBUR, News, 3/2/16 Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo says House members will take up legislation on non-compete agreements this session. Speaking at a Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce breakfast Wednesday, DeLeo said the legislation would “strike an appropriate balance” for employers and employees. “Our goal will be to protect businesses here and improve Massachusetts’s reputation as the […]

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Being a Business Leader Amid Historical Events

By Jeff Bussgang, General Partner, Flybridge Capital There was an overwhelming torrent of news last week. The two Supreme Court decisions and the response to the tragic church shooting in South Carolina are among the most indelible events of our time and all three will be memorialized in history books and discussed for decades to […]

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The Global Entrepreneur In Residence Program: An Engine for Economic Growth in Massachusetts

By Jeff Bussgang, General Partner, Flybridge Capital Partners I am passionate about the issue of immigration reform.  In my role as an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and business school professor, I have watched our dysfunctional immigration system turn away the best and brightest from creating jobs and wealth in America. Two years ago, I had the […]

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Alliance Chair in Boston Globe: A New Way To Measure Our Progress

The Boston Globe, Op-Ed, November 11, 2014: “Having no other mines to work, Massachusetts has mined into the human intellect; and, from its limitless resources, she has won more sustaining and enduring prosperity and happiness than if she had been founded on a stratification of silver and gold, reaching deeper down than geology has yet […]

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CEO Summit on Sustainable Business Launches Collaborations

Innovation-focused CEOs and investors across the professional services, technology, life sciences and advanced energy sectors came together through The Alliance For Business Leadership’s CEO Summit on Sustainable Business; Growing Margins, Growing Markets at the Harvard Club in Boston October 22nd. Guided by global thought leaders, engaged by top national policy-makers, and inspired by top innovation CEOs […]

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Shereen Shermak and Launch Angels Open Up the Venture Capital World

A new kind of venture capital approach is opening doors for entrepreneurs who might stand little chance of being funded under the old system, says Alliance leader Shereen Shermak, CEO of Launch Angels Inc. “Regulatory changes now allow smaller venture capital firms to market products more generally and broadly,” Shermak explains. “Now different folks are […]

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140 Top Business Leaders Agree on Clearing the Path for Women

Gathering at MIT on Wednesday, June 11, Boston business leaders from the banking, tech, service, biomedical, and many other sectors agreed that the time has come for action on closing the gender wage gap, and increasing the number of women on boards. Alliance leaders Jim Roosevelt, CEO of Tufts Health Plan, and Trish Karter, Co-founder […]

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Tesla Plans to Change the World – and They Just Might Do It

Silicon-Valley-based Tesla Motors (NQ:TSLA) is America’s first successful automaker start-up since – well, since automakers first started up.  CEO Elon Musk, a founder of the online payment service PayPal, poured his personal fortune into the company with the goal of solving the problem of sustainable production and consumption of energy, which he calls “the largest terrestrial problem that […]

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Alliance Leaders Share Perspectives with Gubernatorial Candidates

The clean technology sector represents a tremendous opportunity for growth in Massachusetts: that’s the message delivered by Alliance leaders, together with conservation and environmental leaders, at meetings with candidates for governor in January.  The Alliance was pleased to be invited by former State Senator George Bachrach, president of the Environmental League of Massachusetts, to join a group of energy, […]

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Elyse Cherry & Boston Community Capital: financing social good

Alliance Leader Elyse Cherry, founding board member and CEO of Boston Community Capital (BCC), is more than just an entrepreneurial success. BCC’s capital growth since founding, increasing assets under management by 3500% to close to a billion dollars, attests to her financial acumen. But beyond business success, Cherry’s career also provides a model for how […]

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Senator Markey Urges Alliance Leaders to Continue Public Involvement

Massachusetts has been the land of innovation and business growth since early days, Senator Ed Markey told the assembled business leaders and investors at the Alliance’s Fall CEO Summit.  From the whaling industry to biotech, the commonwealth has led the nation in technological advances which grow local businesses while improving the standard of living for […]

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Just Say 'No' to Milton Friedman: Putting Social Values First at Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Dr. Joshua Boger is a businessman — and a very successful one.  But he based his career on a rejection of the notion that profit for stockholders must be the ultimate and only purpose for a business enterprise.  Flying directly into the headwind of predominant business thinking, Boger dared his board and his company to […]

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The Zipcar Story: A Game-Changing Business Model

Scott Griffith, long-time Zipcar CEO and alternative transportation visionary, faced many nay-sayers as he led the startup to a successful IPO and ultimately a buyout.  The business community couldn’t believe Americans would ever trade in their personal cars in favor of renting by the hour. At the Alliance’s Annual CEO Summit, Scott told a tale […]

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Vertex Founder Will Share Company's Strategy Map and Balanced Scorecard Prioritizing "Health: Transforming Lives" at Fall CEO Summit

Dr. Joshua Boger left his job as a scientist at Merck in 1989 with the dream of founding a new kind of drug company, and the resulting development of Vertex Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: VRTX) inspired the New York Times best-seller The Billion-Dollar Molecule and launched one of Boston’s and the nation’s fastest growing public companies. What […]

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Bussgang Calls for Immigration Reform, Entrepeneur Visas on WBUR

In today’s WBUR piece on US immigration policy – “Why Boston Startups Want Visas for Entrepreneurs” – Alliance leader Jeff Bussgang is quoted for his recent calls for reform. From the article: Losing Patience With U.S. Immigration In May, the Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing on immigrant entrepreneurs. One of the panelists was Boston […]

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Cape Wind is an Historic Opportunity

The Alliance for Business Leadership is a Bay State based non-profit public affairs community for CEOs, Investors and Entrepreneurs committed to greater social and environmental responsibility.  More than 150 founders, CEOs, and managing principals of Massachusetts companies – the vast majority of which work outside of the Bay State’s burgeoning clean tech industry but including many of the […]

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Innovation, Cooperation, Key to Meeting Challenges Outlined in 2013 SOTU

In last night’s State of the Union, President Obama laid out an ambitious agenda for his final term. Though not explicitly stated, it was clear to us that the common thread running throughout his speech, the very force necessary to drive the initiatives he championed, was innovation.    Time for New Ideas, Greater CooperationThe fiscal […]

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Social Innovation that Works – Panera Cares

At the Alliance one of our key priorities is to put the power of business leadership and innovation to work to address social challenges. This week I have been having lunch at an excellent example of that kind of leadership, the new Panera Cares cafe at Government Center. Panera Cares is the brainchild of Ron […]

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ABL Think Tank Brown Bag Lunch: Hacking Transportation

  Join The Alliance, Tony Dutzik , Senior Policy Analyst at the Frontier Group, and Angela Johson, Program Associate at Transportation for Massachusetts for the ABL Think Tank Brown Bag Lunch: Hacking Transportation. Please join us for a special presentation and discussion with Transportation for Massachusetts and the Frontier Group on their work in the rapidly changing […]

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