Scott Shane

Scott Shane

Professor at Case Western Reserve University

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

Tesla's New Patent Strategy Makes Sense
Business News

Tesla's New Patent Strategy Makes Sense

For a large number of people to replace their gasoline-powered cars with electric- vehicles, many automakers need to make electric cars.
Would a Higher Accredited-Investor Threshold Clip Angels' Wings?
Money

Would a Higher Accredited-Investor Threshold Clip Angels' Wings?

The SEC is considering higher financial thresholds for accredited investors. That might not limit angel financing as much as feared.
Entrepreneurs are Weakening as Job Creators, But Don't Blame Washington
Grow Your Business

Entrepreneurs are Weakening as Job Creators, But Don't Blame Washington

New-business job creation has declined, and not for the reasons you might think.
Congress Is Right to Challenge the SBA's Program Expansion
Business News

Congress Is Right to Challenge the SBA's Program Expansion

The Small Business Administration has done something rare: It united both sides of the aisle in opposition.
Tread Lightly on Regulating the Sharing Economy
Grow Your Business

Tread Lightly on Regulating the Sharing Economy

When calls for consumer protection come from competitors, policymakers should be cautious.
Venture Capital Is In a Recovery, Not a Bubble
Money

Venture Capital Is In a Recovery, Not a Bubble

Just because venture investment is up doesn't mean we are awash in froth.
Don't Hurt Entrepreneurship In Fighting Income Inequality
The 'Treps

Don't Hurt Entrepreneurship In Fighting Income Inequality

Stimulating entrepreneurship means accepting more inequality. Policy intervention needs to understand that.
Jobs, Not Obamacare, Are Helping the Uninsured
Grow Your Business

Jobs, Not Obamacare, Are Helping the Uninsured

Before Americans start celebrating a drop in the number of uninsured, you first have to look behind the numbers.
Are Entrepreneurs' Brains Wired Differently?
The 'Treps

Are Entrepreneurs' Brains Wired Differently?

Entrepreneurs approach decision-making differently. But is that nature or nurture?
Focus on Opportunity, Not Income Inequality
Leadership

Focus on Opportunity, Not Income Inequality

Elected leaders are looking in the wrong place. All Americans want is equal opportunity.
Why Americans Have Turned Against Government-Sponsored Health Insurance
Grow Your Business

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.
The Paradox of Generation Y
Starting a Business

The Paradox of Generation Y

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

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.
Closing the Business-Ownership Gender Gap
Business Management

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.
Why Colorado and Washington Were Wise to Legalize Pot
Grow Your Business

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.
The Anti-Main-Street President
Business Management

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.
To Help Small Business, Cut Regulation
Business Management

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.
Why Corporate Tax Reform Is Not Enough
Tax Center

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.
Big Business Risks Alienating Small Business by Shunning Tea Party
Tax Center

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

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.
Why Equity Crowdfunding Isn't a Threat to Venture Capital
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.
OPINION: Who's Hit Hardest by Obamacare
Retail Center

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.
Obamacare Already Shrinking Small-Business Job Growth
Compensation and Benefits

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.
Human Resources

Startups Creating Fewer Jobs -- Not a Problem

The decline in new jobs created by small businesses could be a good thing. Here's why.
Compensation and Benefits

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.
Startup Basics

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.
The Pros and Cons of Franchising Your Business
Franchises

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.
Why Internet Sales Tax is Bad Public Policy (Opinion)
Tax Center

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

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.
What Would-Be Entrepreneurs Fear Most About Starting Up
Starting a Business

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.

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