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Scott Shane is the A. Malachi Mixon III professor of entrepreneurial studies at Case Western Reserve University. His books include Illusions of Entrepreneurship: The Costly Myths That Entrepreneurs, Investors, and Policy Makers Live by (Yale University Press, 2008) and Finding Fertile Ground: Identifying Extraordinary Opportunities for New Businesses (Pearson Prentice Hall, 2005).

30 Recent Stories

Are Entrepreneurs' Brains Wired Differently?

Are Entrepreneurs' Brains Wired Differently?

Entrepreneurs approach decision-making differently. But is that nature or nurture?
April 3, 2014 in The 'Treps
Focus on Opportunity, Not Income Inequality

Focus on Opportunity, Not Income Inequality

Elected leaders are looking in the wrong place. All Americans want is equal opportunity.
March 24, 2014 in Leadership
Why Americans Have Turned Against Government-Sponsored Health Insurance

Why Americans Have Turned Against Government-Sponsored Health Insurance

The desire for the government to provide care has been waning. And that was well before the ACA took effect.
March 19, 2014 in Grow Your Business
The Paradox of Generation Y

The Paradox of Generation Y

Millennials want to make more money than previous generations. But their way of getting there is a head-scratcher.
March 10, 2014 in Starting a Business
Are Millennials Really the Entrepreneurial Generation?

Are Millennials Really the Entrepreneurial Generation?

We hear so much about how millennials want to run their own businesses. But recent data suggest the opposite is true.
February 5, 2014 in Starting a Business
Closing the Business-Ownership Gender Gap

Closing the Business-Ownership Gender Gap

It's not about bias or the 'system.' To address the gender gap, more women need to want to own businesses.
January 29, 2014 in Business Management
Why Colorado and Washington Were Wise to Legalize Pot

Why Colorado and Washington Were Wise to Legalize Pot

From an economic and health standpoint, policymakers got it right when it came to sales of recreational cannabis.
January 20, 2014 in Grow Your Business
The Anti-Main-Street President

The Anti-Main-Street President

Most of this administration's policies have been hostile to the interests of Main Street business owners, particularly those running labor-intensive businesses with low-wage employees.
January 15, 2014 in Business Management
To Help Small Business, Cut Regulation

To Help Small Business, Cut Regulation

The regulatory burden on small businesses is now higher than it was when President Obama took office. Circumstances must change.
January 11, 2014 in Business Management
Why Corporate Tax Reform Is Not Enough

Why Corporate Tax Reform Is Not Enough

Only comprehensive reform will prevent businesses that produce the same profits through the same activities from paying vastly different tax rates.
December 30, 2013 in Tax Center
Big Business Risks Alienating Small Business by Shunning Tea Party

Big Business Risks Alienating Small Business by Shunning Tea Party

Maintaining an alliance with small-business owners is in the best interests of big-business leaders. Instead, there is a fight brewing.
November 1, 2013 in Tax Center
Why We Don't Need New Policies to Boost Startup Rates

Why We Don't Need New Policies to Boost Startup Rates

The decline in startup rates might simply represent Americans' realization that earning a living running one's a small business has become more difficult over the past three-and-a-half decades.
October 25, 2013 in Startup Financing
Why Equity Crowdfunding Isn't a Threat to Venture Capital

Why Equity Crowdfunding Isn't a Threat to Venture Capital

Under the JOBS Act, there will be new ways to raise money. But not all fund-raising is created equal.
October 7, 2013 in Venture Capital
OPINION: Who's Hit Hardest by Obamacare

OPINION: Who's Hit Hardest by Obamacare

What industry is yelling loudest about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act? Meet the trade group leading a charge to water down and repeal Obamacare.
September 26, 2013 in Retail Center
Obamacare Already Shrinking Small-Business Job Growth

Obamacare Already Shrinking Small-Business Job Growth

Despite what defenders of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act claim, business owners report that they are cutting jobs and hours because of the new law.
September 12, 2013 in Compensation and Benefits

Startups Creating Fewer Jobs -- Not a Problem

The decline in new jobs created by small businesses could be a good thing. Here's why.
August 2, 2013 in Human Resources

The Unintended Consequences of Health-Care Reform (Opinion)

Policy makers and entrepreneurs have different goals in mind when it comes to the Affordable Care Act. Here are some critical loopholes small-business owners are taking to circumvent policy changes.
June 6, 2013 in Compensation and Benefits

Why Entrepreneurs Choose Freedom Over Money

Starting your own business often means thankless hours, measly pay and the stress of being at the helm. Yet entrepreneurs report greater job satisfaction than their employed counterparts. Here's why.
May 17, 2013 in Startup Basics
The Pros and Cons of Franchising Your Business

The Pros and Cons of Franchising Your Business

Franchising could be your next big strategy for expansion or it could send your growing business down the wrong path. Here are some key considerations before deciding if franchising is for you.
May 7, 2013 in Franchises
Why Internet Sales Tax is Bad Public Policy (Opinion)

Why Internet Sales Tax is Bad Public Policy (Opinion)

The Marketplace Fairness Act, expected to pass in the Senate on May 6, requires online retailers to charge shoppers their state's sales tax. Is the law a poor political move?
April 30, 2013 in Tax Center
Why Filing a Patent Just Got More Complicated For Startups (Opinion)

Why Filing a Patent Just Got More Complicated For Startups (Opinion)

The America Invents Act, which went into effect March 16, has changed the process for patenting. These developments might not help entrepreneurs after all. Here's why.
April 17, 2013 in Business Ideas
What Would-Be Entrepreneurs Fear Most About Starting Up

What Would-Be Entrepreneurs Fear Most About Starting Up

An unstable income is almost always guaranteed when just starting your business, but research shows it's one of the top fears that keeps Americans from becoming entrepreneurs.
April 3, 2013 in Starting a Business
Why Americans Love Small Business

Why Americans Love Small Business

The latest studies show consumers are willing to pay more to buy from a small business than a big one. Here's a look at five reasons why Americans are rooting for entrepreneurs.
March 22, 2013 in The 'Treps
Why Consumer Credit Matters to Small Businesses (Opinion)

Why Consumer Credit Matters to Small Businesses (Opinion)

Washington's recent efforts to protect consumers may be hampering small-business growth.
March 14, 2013 in Financing
Entrepreneurship Is a Midlife Game (Opinion)

Entrepreneurship Is a Midlife Game (Opinion)

Contrary to popular opinion and the media's fascination with young entrepreneurs, baby boomers are more likely to run their own businesses than 20-somethings.
February 15, 2013 in Lifestyle
Jesse Jackson: Turn Big-Company Tax Dodging into Small-Business Funding (Opinion)

Jesse Jackson: Turn Big-Company Tax Dodging into Small-Business Funding (Opinion)

The liberal activist recently proposed using multinationals' overseas cash to fund U.S. small businesses.
February 8, 2013 in Tax Center
We Need Smarter Business-Owner Retirement Plans, Not More (Opinion)

We Need Smarter Business-Owner Retirement Plans, Not More (Opinion)

Small-business owners' optimism often hinders their retirement planning. Behavioral economics has some ideas about what it would take to get you to plan for your golden years.
January 18, 2013 in Retirement Planning
It's the Uncertainty, Stupid (Opinion)

It's the Uncertainty, Stupid (Opinion)

Washington policy makers would like nothing more than for small business to boost hiring and investment. The best thing they could do is come to some agreement on the deficit and enact rules about all
January 14, 2013 in Tax Center
The Fiscal Cliff Deal and Small-Business Job Creation

The Fiscal Cliff Deal and Small-Business Job Creation

While the political compromise in Washington might have been an overall plus for the U.S. economy, the measures are likely to damp small-business employment.
January 8, 2013 in Tax Center
What Entrepreneurs Need to Know About What's Ahead in 2013 for the U.S. Economy

What Entrepreneurs Need to Know About What's Ahead in 2013 for the U.S. Economy

Given the business outlook for the coming year, it's hard to find any winners and the list of losers is long.
January 1, 2013 in Tax Center