Innovation: When entrepreneurs get together in Chicago, a common topic of conversation is how the city fares in terms of new business. A lot of entrepreneurs look longingly to either coast and the greener fields (in many respects 🙂 ) that beckon. McKinsey talks about innovation (not venture financing, alas), but Chicago fares pretty well in the diversity of companies that have been granted patents. We are third in the world, behind only Silicon Valley and Toyko in one measure of developing a diversified business base. I have always felt that this was a hidden gem in the Chicago economy, compared to the boom and bust cycles of mono-industry cities like Detroit, Houston, Denver or Hartford.
Leadership: A friend pointed me to this article on entrepreneurial leadership in this economy. (Hat Tip: BF)
Healthcare: Should America have universal healthcare? According to the experts, 50 million of us are not covered by health insurance. We pay significantly more for healthcare on a per capita basis, have less access to advanced technologies and actually have worse outcomes than most other countries. Joe Conason, writes about the issue in Salon today.
Economy: Wonder why the prices of groceries haven’t been going down, as raw materials prices have? So have the big grocery chains.