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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 Join Mass. Governor Patrick on Trip to Asia

Joshua Boger and Alliance Chair Phil Edmundson were pleased to join Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s economic development trip to Asia in December, bringing word of Massachusetts’ innovation economy to potential public and private partners overseas. Josh attended the Japanese sessions in Kyoto and Tokyo while Phil caught up to the group in Hong Kong and […]

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Governor Seeks Help from Alliance Leaders on Tech Tax Alternative

As Massachusetts legislators prepare to bow to industry pressure to repeal the new tax on software, Governor Patrick called Alliance leaders to Beacon Hill last week to discuss alternatives.   The “tech tax” was intended to partially fund a sorely-needed transportation overhaul.  Meeting with the Governor, the Speaker of the House, the Senate President, the Chairman […]

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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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CIC Hosts State of Tech Agenda, with SOTU Viewing Party

Thanks to our friends in Cambridge who have invited Alliance leaders to attend their State of Tech Agenda event tomorrow night, Feb. 12. Read on for their description of this event, which includes a live viewing of the State of the Union, and click here to RSVP As Congress and the President, State Legislatures and […]

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Entrepreneurial Opportunities Abound in Government Data, says CTO Todd Park

In this video, US CTO Todd Park tells a group of CEOs from The Alliance of Business Leaders that exposing government data to open platforms can unleash tremendous opportunities for entrepreneurship. Alliance leader Jeffrey Bussgang, General Partner of Flybridge Capital Partners, has this to say: “When Reagan did this in the 1980s with GPS data, […]

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Boston Globe Coverage of MA Gov's Renewable Energy Address, Alliance Support

As an update to yesterday’s post on Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s address on renewable energy, here is a brief excerpt from the Boston Globe coverage: “Let me tell you that I have heard enough about Evergreen — or Solyndra for that matter. We are not always going to score. But we are never going to […]

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Alliance Responds to MA Gov. Patrick's Address on Renewable Energy

Today Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick made a major address on the state’s strategy on renewable energy. His speech is here on the website of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Council, which organized the event. His main points were: We have a generational responsibility to get this right. We have the talent and infrastructure to create new technologies, products, […]

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The Right Man for the Job: Todd Park, America's New Chief Technology Officer

A guest post by Chris Cummings, CEO of SpanishDict.com, the world’s largest Spanish learning website, and is in the Alliance for Business Leadership. As we prepare to take the Alliance agenda of public and private innovation to Washington for the 5th Annual CEO Summit on Capitol Hill, I was thrilled to learn that kicking off the […]

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Summit Spotlight: Darrell West, Director of Center for Technological Innovation at Brookings Institution

A core belief of the Alliance is that innovation and technological advances are key to solving the problems facing our country, a view championed by Dr. Darrell West, Director for the Center for Technological Innovation and Vice President and Director of Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution. (Note: West is among the speakers at our upcoming […]

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Introducing the Alliance: A New Name – A New Commitment

This week the Alliance for Business Leadership (“the Alliance”) launches a new platform for business leadership to address some of the most pressing challenges our society faces: A crisis of confidence in the role of government; Insufficient investment in education, infrastructure and research; Demographic hurdles from an aging population, declines in real wages and social […]

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The Global Innovation Economy: Team Massachusetts Heads to Brazil

PBLN will be joining the Massachusetts Innovation Economy Mission to Brazil next week led by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. As described in today’s Boston Globe, the 50 business and government leaders will include several cabinet secretaries and agency heads in key sectors, and top brass from universities and research institutes; as well as executives from EMC, […]

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PBLN Pre-Summit Spotlight: Recombinant Data CEO Peter Emerson

As PBLN nears its Annual Boston CEO Summit, we have asked some of our participants to share some of their incoming thoughts as they prepare for the conference. Peter Emerson, CEO of Recombinant Data,  shared his enlightening thoughts and insight regarding  his company, Recombinant Data, and healthcare – a topic that will certainly be popular during […]

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Weigh in: Can entrepreneurs create jobs on the scale the US requires?

This is an open thread for comments as we prepare for PBLN’s 5th annual CEO Summit. Our focus is on how visionary entrepreneurship and public policy can align to spur economic growth and job creation. At our Summit Thursday we will ask top execs from Organogenesis, HouseWorks, Vertex, Panera Bread Company, XTalic, Digital Lumens, First […]

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PBLN Pre-Summit Spotlight: Merida Meridian CEO Catherine Connolly

As PBLN nears its Annual Boston CEO Summit, we have asked some of our participants to share some of their incoming thoughts as they prepare for the conference. One of them, Catherine Forster Connolly, CEO of Merida Meridian, graciously shared her thoughts and insight regarding some of the topics that will be brought up during the […]

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"I Want to Put a Ding in the Universe": In Memory of Steve Jobs

The PBLN community mourns the loss of Steve Jobs, a visionary leader. Much will be said by those who knew him well. PBLN did not get the chance to work with him, to our great regret. Fast company captures some of Jobs’ quotable words on the subject of making the world a better place that are worth […]

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What's Bigger? The Debt Crisis or the Investment Crisis? Is this Even the Question?

What’s bigger? The debt crisis or the investment crisis? Admittedly, both are a problem. And neither was resolved by the debt ceiling drama. We can all agree that avoiding default is a good thing. Beyond that, has anything been resolved? Are we any closer to investing in a sustainable economy that will unleash a new […]

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PBLN Responds to New Hampshire Senator John Sununu: CEOs Need to Be Leaders and Keep Their Day Jobs Too

Management visionary Peter Drucker famously said that “[e]very single social and global issue of our day is a business opportunity in disguise.” He could be referring to climate change, foreign and fossil fuel energy dependence, overwhelming healthcare costs, schools and community colleges that fail to put young people on paths to high wage jobs…. In a […]

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June Policy Update

What is on our plate at PBLN? Deep engagement with the biggest challenges facing our society and our economy. Here is a review of several opportunities to get involved today: Education We believe in government – and we see clearly that there are many instances where ineffective regulation can kill innovation. The U.S. Department of […]

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How Much Would You Pay for a Heart Attack?

How much would you pay for a heart attack? That depends, of course on where you go for treatment. According to the Boston Globe, a new report says, “[w]hen a heart attack patient was admitted to South Shore Hospital in Weymouth [Massachusetts] in 2009, insurers paid $9,684 on average for the hospital stay. But for […]

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May Policy Update

Immigration Reform and Start Up Visa Legislation President Obama has just launched a comprehensive immigration reform agenda. There are many elements to immigration reform and PBLN doesn’t yet have a position on specific proposals outside of supporting Start Up Visa legislation. However, it is evident that a larger immigration reform agenda is of fundamental importance […]

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PBLN to Lawmakers: Healthcare Cost is both a Job-Killer and Innovation-Killer

A legislative committee in Massachusetts is looking at Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s proposal for a second stage of healthcare reform. As many in the nation are hearing for the first time now because of national politics, Massachusetts adopted a model to reach near universal coverage that was supported broadly by business. The first-in-the-nation reforms were achieved by […]

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What Kind of Community Does Innovation Require? You Tell Us!

We are thrilled that Ashley McCown, President of Solomon McCown is part of our 100 biz leader delegation to Washington DC this week. Ashley and colleagues have allowed us to be a co-sponsor for a program focused on a topic we view as essential to the growth of the innovation economy: community. Here is how […]

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A Vision for America's Next Economy

  What would you say to Washington (that you could say in polite company) if you had the chance? 100 PBLN leaders are heading to Capitol Hill to meet with leaders in Congress and the Obama Administration about the state of the American economy and to discuss how to plan for inventing the next one. […]

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CNBC Says Massachusetts is 5th Best State for Business; Texas Nabs 1st

A  CNBC Special Report ranks the 50 states seeking to answer the question, “what states are the best places to do business?” Texas came in first, and Massachusetts, which is of particular interest to many readers of this blog, came in 5th. For the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, this high ranking runs contrary to lots of […]

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