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Greater Boston’s one thing — Aurélie Thiele

From Xconomy It is a truism in career development that you should only do one thing and do it well. You don’t want to pursue multiple business endeavors—that would scatter your energy. Offer a consistent image to the world. Focus. When I moved back to Cambridge for my sabbatical at MIT, where I earned a doctorate in engineering a decade ago, I thought I knew what to expect. The revitalization of Kendall Square, the Innovation District in South Boston, the new MBTA stop in Somerville, pharmaceutical companies building their new headquarters within walking distance of the Charles River, Google opening an office nearby: I was aware of all these. They were aligned with Greater Boston’s brand as an innovation hub in science and engineering. Left-brain innovation, I call it. For me, that was Greater Boston’s One Thing. But I was most struck, after I came back, by the amount of … Read More »The post Greater Boston’s one thing — Aurélie Thiele appeared first on MIT Sloan Experts.  Read the full post >

The US has a jobs crisis. Here’s how to fix it — Simon Johnson

From The Guardian To reduce the persistently high unemployment rate in the United States, Congress should move to relax some of our current constraints on immigration. This is a controversial idea because many people are under the impression that allowing in more immigrants would push up unemployment. But that would only be the case if the number of jobs in the US were an unchanging constant. In fact, some categories of immigrants tend to create jobs, so letting them in would directly increase employment opportunities for people already in the United States. Around half of all technology companies in Silicon Valley are founded by people born outside the US and about a quarter of all US inventors are immigrants. We know there is a long line of people wanting to get H-1B visas, for which you need a university degree and “specialty” skills – and there are many US companies wanting to hire such people. … Read More »The post The US has a jobs crisis. Here’s how to fix it — Simon Johnson appeared first on MIT Sloan Experts.  Read the full post >


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