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June 10, 2014   |   Vol. 6, Issue 23
Study Finds H-1B Visa Limits Hamper U.S. Economy
June 6, 2014 | San Francisco Chronicle
Capping the number of visas issued to foreign-born tech workers restricts the number of U.S-born workers that firms could hire - and the Bay Area is feeling the brunt of that impact, according to a new study. Tech interests have long wanted to increase the number of temporary guest worker visas, known as H-1B visas, arguing there's a shortage of qualified U.S. tech workers to fill available jobs. This year, applications for 85,000 available H-1B visas hit the limit in five days.
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Learning With MOOCs
June 5, 2014 | New York Times
MASSIVE Open Online Courses — or MOOCs — are a snowballing revolution in education. Thousands of courses from some of the world’s finest institutions are available free online, covering everything from astrophysics to the arts. For each course, students, sometimes numbering in the thousands, take part from home — where they view video lectures, take tests and submit essays through a Web interface. It’s a digital classroom with no actual “room,” and where you can study more or less when you like.
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Loss of High-skilled Immigrants Hurts Job Growth
June 5, 2014 | Kansas City Star
H-1B visa denials in 2007 and 2008 meant that as many as 230,000 spinoff tech jobs for American-born workers weren’t created in U.S. metro areas. That cost U.S.-born, college-educated workers in computer-related fields as much as $3 billion in aggregate annual earnings. The report said Kansas City, among more than 200 metropolitan areas studied, ranked in the top 25 for potential jobs lost because area employers didn’t hire high-tech immigrants whose employment would have been catalysts for other jobs.
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Organic Agriculture Attracts New Generation of Farmers
June 7, 2014 | Los Angeles Times
Agriculture officials are hoping more young people heed the call to till the land, whether organically or conventionally, as the average age of California farmers continues to climb. It hit 58 in 2012, up by nearly two years from 2007, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's most recent census.
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With Million-dollar Investment, Dakota City Farm Dives into Aquaculture

Crowdfunding Unfolding
June 5, 2014 | c4trends
Crowdfunding is disrupting the relationship between entrepreneurs, the money raising ecosystem and investors. Kickstarter, Indiegogo and other sites are helping innovators to build businesses and leverage funding with more than 200 online crowdfunding platforms in the U.S. alone.
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Corporate Efforts at Innovation Dying on the Vine

Lack of Worker Visas Stalled Economic Growth in Research Triangle

Boston Startups Stay Close to Home for Seed Investments

Tales of Startup Failure Keep Growing

Silicon Valley Tech Interns Paid $7,000 a Month - plus

Female-focused Initiatives Shift Tides for Rising Tech Entrepreneurs

One Small Step for Womankind: Stanford Hires First Female Head of Engineering School

Tech Accelerator Uses Equity Crowdfunding to Go Public

Competition Is Stiff to Manage Tech Billions

From Fossil-fuels Investor to Climate Activist

Tech Startups Benefit From Accelerator Boom

Michigan Tech Accelerator Group Claims 7,000 Since 1999

Skip the Website? Some Small Businesses Still Do

Free Money? Utahns Making Successful Use of Kickstarter

Wisconsin's New Crowdfunding Law Helps Entrepreneurs

Wisconsin's First Crowdfunded Company Will Be for—you Guessed it—Beer

Getting Behind Wisconsin’s Business Startup: Which Companies Matter Most?

Noncompete Clauses Return to the Scene

Brookfield, Mo., Fights the Economic Decline of Small Towns Head On

Two Pittsburgh High Schoolers Headed to Silicon Valley Entrepreneurship Challenge

Brookings Institution Report Highlights Detroit 'Innovation Districts'

Cincinnati Wants Japan’s Young Entrepreneurs

An Idea Getting Tougher to Fund: Venture Capital

The Importance Of Secondaries In Angel Investing

AngelList – The Patron Saint of Equity Crowdfunding

Top 10 Denver-based Kickstarter Projects Includes Recent Million Dollar Campaign

Manufacturing Employers Can't Find Enough Talent

Indiegogo’s Danae Ringelmann on Crowdfunding as Market Research

California Makes Big Play to Land Tesla Battery 'Gigafactory'

Ride-sharing Firm Uber's Valuation Soars to $18.2 Billion

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