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Barging into Business

Elsewhere I’ve argued that incubators require access to below-market work space. In a tough real estate market, even municipalities have a hard time coughing up surplus space for this purpose. Who can afford to take something out of their portfolio for 3-5 years when some unforeseen need or opportunity might arise at any moment? I’m…
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Who do I Have to Sleep with to Get OUT of This Business?

The title of this post is inspired by a comment that I overheard backstage during a theatre performance. It seems appropriate, given the cut-throat nature of the industry described herein. I recently came across two articles that discussed why theatre companies, live, die, and pass into memory. Neither provided a satisfying explanation, but both inadvertently…
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Watch Governments Hatch More Incubators

Among the brutal but unspoken truths learned since the collapse of 2008 are these: First, economic development is no longer a secondary function of government, suitable for rewarding faithful constituencies and burnishing political legacies. Second, economic development is becoming synonymous with business development. Set aside your political prejudices for a moment and consider what this…
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Incubation in the DMZ

I’m often wrong but rarely pleased about it. It happened again last week when I went to Ryerson University’s DMZ (Digital Media Zone, 'the Zone') for their 2nd birthday/expansion celebration. I’ve been a skeptic because DMZ seemed to be more interested in creating a learning environment than in launching businesses. I left reminded that these aren’t…
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