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15 JANUARY 2014

Massive Online Education Gets Less Massive

"The Web education phenomenon has hit a rough patch of late. After massive open online courses, or MOOCs as they're awkwardly called, lured tens of millions of dollars in venture funding and millions of users over the past two years, the dream of bringing a quality virtual education to anyone, anywhere isn't quite working out as planned.

Even Sebastian Thrun, the online education pioneer and founder of Udacity, told Fast Company in November that he's helped develop a 'lousy product' because so few students finish the digital courses."

(Ari Levy, 14 January 2014, Bloomberg L.P)

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Simon Perkins
17 JULY 2013

The Social-Media Bubble is Quietly Deflating

"It might be over. Social–media companies drew only 2 percent of the venture capital headed to Internet–based enterprises last quarter, according to data published on Tuesday by CB Insights, a research firm that tracks venture–capital investment. In the two–year stretch that ended in the middle of 2012, social–media companies took in at least 6 percent of overall venture capital invested in Internet companies each quarter. But for three of the last four quarters, those social startups have brought in 2 percent or less (with the outlier quarter largely the result of a huge investment in Pinterest earlier this year). The peak came in the third quarter of 2011, when social companies led by Twitter took in 21 percent of the total $3.8 billion in Internet deals by venture capital firms."

(Joshua Brustein, 16 July 2013, Businessweek)

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2012ads • Anand Sanwal • Ashlee Vance • banner ad • big dataBloomberg BusinessweekBloomberg LPbusiness • CB Insights • click-through ratecloud computing • consumer-oriented application • e-commerce • economic bubble • Facebook • financial bubble • grouponInternet boom • Internet bubble • market bubble • NASDAQPinterestpredictions • price bubble • Silicon Valleysocial media • social media bubble • social media companies • social media startups • speculation • speculative bubble • Twitterventure capital • venture capitalists • Zynga

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Simon Perkins
27 APRIL 2013

A Manifesto for the UK Creative Economy

"The UK's creative economy is one of its great national strengths, historically deeply rooted and accounting for around one–tenth of the whole economy. It provides jobs for 2.5 million people – more than in financial services, advanced manufacturing or construction – and in recent years, this creative workforce has grown four times faster than the workforce as a whole.

But behind this success lies much disruption and business uncertainty, associated with digital technologies. Previously profitable business models have been swept away, young companies from outside the UK have dominated new internet markets, and some UK creative businesses have struggled to compete.

UK policymakers too have failed to keep pace with developments in North America and parts of Asia. But it is not too late to refresh tired policies. This manifesto sets out our 10–point plan to bolster one of the UK's fastest growing sectors."

(Hasan Bakhshi, Ian Hargreaves and Juan Mateos–Garcia, April 2013, NESTA)

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2013 • advanced manufacturing • Asiabusiness models • business uncertainty • constructioncreative businessescreative economycreative industriescreative services innovation • creative workforce • digital technologiesdisruptive innovationeconomic growthentrepreneurshipfinancial services • Hasan Bakhshi • hi-tech start-up • Ian Hargreaves • innovation in the UKjobs • Juan Mateos-Garcia • knowledge-based economymanifestomentoringmentoring schemeNESTA • new business • new internet markets • North Americaopen innovationpolicy makerspublic services • Rachel Grant • social innovationtechnology innovationUKUK innovationventure capitalworkforce • young companies

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Simon Perkins
02 MARCH 2011

Next Gen. Transforming the UK into the world's leading talent hub for the video games and visual effects industries

"This landmark report sets out how the UK can be transformed into the world's leading talent hub for video games and visual effects.

At over £2 billion in global sales, the UK's video games sector is bigger than either its film or music industries, and visual effects, the fastest growing component of the UK's film industry, grew at an explosive 16.8 per cent between 2006 and 2008. High–tech, knowledge–intensive sectors and, in the case of video games, major generators of intellectual property, these industries have all the attributes the UK needs to succeed in the 21st century.

Yet, the sad truth is that we are already starting to lose our cutting edge: in just two years, it seems the UK's video games industry has dipped from third to sixth place in the global development rankings.

Meanwhile, the visual effects industry, though still enjoying very rapid growth, is having to source talent from overseas because of skills shortages at home. That is mainly a failing of our education system – from schools to universities – and it needs to be tackled urgently if we are to remain globally competitive."

(NESTA, UK)

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Simon Perkins
20 OCTOBER 2010

Trust Network Sclerosis: The Hazard of Trust in Innovation Investment Communities

"This article considers the role of trust in structuring and sustaining entrepreneurial networks in Anglo–American communities. Interviews with stakeholders involved in innovation investment demonstrate how shared identity and experience serve as proxies for trust in influencing decisions, and subsequently how trust can serve as a proxy for thorough due diligence. Where relationship plays a role vital to the venture capital investment process, close dialogue reveals the ways nascent business development is affected by excessive reliance on trustworthiness, thereby introducing a form of lock–in labeled 'trust network sclerosis.' Qualitative data informs this analysis of how opinion–leaders shape high–risk, information–asymmetric investment decisions with ultimate community accumulation and effect. The paper concludes with a discussion of implications for entrepreneurial communities, other high–trust networks, and economic geography broadly."

(Terry Babcock–Lumish)

Babcock–Lumish, T. L., 'Trust Network Sclerosis: The Hazard of Trust in Innovation Investment Communities' (March 13, 2009). Journal of Financial Transformation, Vol. 29, pp.163–172 . Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1358926

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2009business developmentdecision makingeconomic geography • entrepreneurial communities • entrepreneurial networks • entrepreneurship • high-trust networks • influencing decisions • innovation • innovation investment communities • investmentnetworks • opinion-leaders • organisationsqualitative datashared experience • shared identity • SSRNTerry Babcock-Lumishtrust • trust network sclerosis • trust networks • trustworthinessventure capital • venture capital investment

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Simon Perkins
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