Before any candidate for Congress is permitted to have their name placed on the ballot, they should have to certify that they have read John Dearie and Courtney Geduldig’s book “Where the Jobs Are.”
The analysis presented in “Where the Jobs Are,” builds a strong case for how essential entrepreneurs are to our country’s overall economic success. To get America’s economic engine roaring once again, we must free up entrepreneurs to do what they do best — pursue big dreams…By meeting with more than 200 entrepreneurs, the authors of this book gained valuable insight into how lawmakers can not only increase the likelihood that entrepreneurs will be successful, but also get our economy growing again.
As a former entrepreneur myself, and having witnessed first-hand as Commerce Secretary just how competitive the global economy has become, I can attest that “Where the Jobs Are” delivers a message that is both uniquely credible and critically important. Dearie and Geduldig traveled the nation, meeting and talking with hundreds of American entrepreneurs, to convey the unvarnished and vividly personal insights and observations of America’s job-creators. It is a fascinating narrative about the ambitions, frustrations, and challenges that all entrepreneurs must face. The authors also outline a detailed agenda of specific policy proposals based on what the nation’s entrepreneurs say they need to succeed. Anyone interested in a thriving American economy that competes globally, grows, and creates jobs and wealth for American workers and families should read and absorb the messages, ideas, and policy proposals in “Where the Jobs Are.” Nothing less than our nation’s economic future is at stake.
A must read for anyone who cares about the future of the US economy. While politicians all claim to care about job creation, they propose either irrelevant, harmful or tepid solutions. The authors of Where the Jobs Are use hard data to prove that new jobs come mostly from start ups. They then dig deep to figure out how to encourage the creation and success of start ups. Using survey and focus group research of entrepreneurs, they to define roadblocks and potential assists to success. In a helpful bonus they also share creative recommendations which would make entrepreneurs a special class of Americans whose ranks would increase.
As an author of two books on innovation, I agree on its importance as our defining national strategy and unquestionably entrepreneurs are critical to break through innovation which changes lives and produces jobs. Apple, Google, Zynga, Facebook, Group On and hundreds of other successful companies started recently and created tens of thousands of good jobs. We need more of these companies and our government should do everything they can to provide fertile ground for emerging start ups.
The authors present a lot of strong research and facts in a very readable style. They present a strong case for bipartisan action by Congress. I hope readers take note and urge their politicians to act.
I just received a preview of the book WHERE THE JOBS ARE by John Dearie and Courtney Geduldig, and it is fantastic. I don’t know how to put this without sounding arrogant, but I don’t think many mainstream nonfiction books are able to combine educational & entertaining material at a high level — usually it’s one or the other. This book does it, and its topic – jobs in America – couldn’t be more important. The writing is rich, the topics are well organized, and the message is strong. I am sincerely excited to dig into the details of the later chapters. Oh, and by the way, the text is studiously non-partisan. Highly Recommended.
This book is a masterful achievement in labor economics. The first economists, with notable exceptions like Schumpeter and Baumol, never saw new firms as the cradle of the economy’s jobs. This book does the best job of correcting this incredible oversight by presenting powerful empirical data on why new firms are so critical to economic expansion and case studies of how misdirected policy holds back job creation. It is a very important contribution to the literature of economic growth, job creation, entrepreneurship, and public policy.
Wake up, Washington! This book will grab your lapels, look you in the eye, and shout, “Startups are responsible for all net job growth in America. It’s that simple.” Using an innovative mix of hard data and myriad interviews of real job creators, Dearie and Geduldig demonstrate this fact and define a compelling policy framework to grow our nation’s employment and economy. They must be heard.
Ultimately U.S. growth and welfare rest on entrepreneurship. Dearie and Geduldig vividly analyze what has ailed us recently. They also provide concrete and practical proposals for what needs to be done to promote new U.S. firms. This book should be required reading for all policymakers interested in revitalizing the economy.
A broad, comprehensive look at what drives the U.S. economy; John Dearie and Courtney Geduldig outline specific policy initiatives to jump-start job creation. Their work is inspired by their first-hand experience in financial and economic policy. They present thoroughly researched findings from a cross-section of those in the know – employers, academics, investors, developmental organizations, lending institutions, and local government leaders. Dearie and Geduldig’s thought-provoking book provides plenty of real-life examples to further the conversation of what could be done to inspire and support a new generation of successful American entrepreneurs.
I started my own construction company when I was 25 years old and have spent my life in business, so I can certainly relate to many of the issues raised in this book. I appreciate Courtney and John sharing their research, analysis and recommendations and hope it helps unleash the tremendous entrepreneurial potential that exists throughout our country.
A thorough and enlightening survey of the state of American entrepreneurship, and a must-read for policy makers (or anyone) interested in restarting the American jobs engine. Dearie and Gelduldig have pulled together a solid set of recommendations — ones I hope will be taken seriously and acted upon.
John Dearie and Courtney Geduldig have written an original, provocative, and persuasive book. It is filled with the wisdom of scores of real entrepreneurs whose experiences since the Great Crash of 2008 explain why our recovery has been so feeble. And they offer a menu of common-sense reforms that just might revive America’s entrepreneurial spirit.
Dearie and Geduldig address head-on the most significant driver of economic growth: new business formation. In the 1840’s the United States and Britain passed laws that for the first time allowed corporate formation without legislative action. This launched the industrial revolution, a 25-fold increase in per capita income, a doubling of human life expectancy, and the creation of the modern world. “Where the Jobs Are” is a passionate call for action to once again ignite the animal spirits that drive job creation and economic growth. Feeble economic growth and millions of unemployed Americans are proof positive that Dearie and Geduldig’s call must be answered.