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I believe the most important thing Americans must do is to secure their economic well-being in an increasingly challenging, complex world. What I have written about all these years is the process of creating wealth, not for any one individual, but for the United States as a whole. Ever since I was a young correspondent witnessing the emergence of China after the country opened in 1979, I’ve believed we have to get more serious about creating wealth. I retain faith in the resiliency of the U.S. economy and the enterprise of American people. If Americans have the right strategies, we can once again create widespread wealth. Come with me on this journey.

The New Monopolists?: Facebook, Alphabet, Amazon, and Apple
Back in 1999, the U.S. Department of Justice filed an antitrust suit against Microsoft for the way it pledged to “choke off the air supply” of rival Netscape. In the 1990s, individual users had to purchase a way to get onto the still-emerging Internet. Netscape was a company that offered one such ISP service. Microsoft, […]
OPC Review of ThinkPad Book Hails It as “the story of modern computing.”
What the FoxConn deal might mean
It’s easy to be cynical about the announcement that FoxConn Technology Group will invest $10 billion in southeast Wisconsin. The deal could have been purely a political gesture aimed at providing a short-term boost to President Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan, not to mention Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. They were all hungry for a […]
How Universities Play Leading Roles in Economic Growth
This article in the New York Times would have been easy to miss because it appeared in the Sunday Styles section but it contains important insights about what happens when a university becomes active in fostering start-ups and in creating a flow of high-quality talent. I wrote a chapter about Pittsburgh in my 2011 book, The […]
A Seriously Important Artricle on Crispr
One of the things I learned from writing the ThinkPad book is that the technological revolution we’ve been living through isn’t close to being finished. In some ways, in fact, it is accelerating. Consider just this handful of technologies: 3D printing, drones, the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality, facial recognition, advanced robotics, […]
New York State’s “Industrial Policy”–Take One
With the federal government essentially paralyzed when it comes to economic growth strategies, I and others have long concentrated on the roles that states, cities and regions are playing in creating jobs. I’ve recently had contact with several officials involved in New York State’s economic development efforts and, when added up, their stories are quite […]
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