The Latest Casualty of Student Debt: Start-ups
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  • Jim__L

    Another thing that destroys start-ups is the fact that so many academic papers are locked behind a paywall by companies that provide little or no value-add for the $15, $25, or ever $50 they charge for a scholarly article.

    If you’re doing research on a topic, you’re not going to know whether any given article you want to read is actually going to help you out, making most of these articles a waste of money.

    Most American research and development these days is not done by large companies (with deep pockets to handle those sorts of fees), but by small start-ups who assume all the risk of developing promising technology for the chance of being bought out by a large company somewhere down the line. Putting up obstacles (like paywall fees for scholarly articles) means the American economy can’t take full advantage of our world-class university system.

    Anyone who really wants to unleash the potential of America (and humanity, for that matter) by making information available to all, they have clear enemies in the form of Elsevier and other scholarly-article gatekeepers.

    Google, are you listening?

  • Kavanna

    While it may be true that our post-blue social model world needs more small businesses and self-employment, what’s happening in reality is that entrepreneuriship, self-employment, and small business formation have been in decline for more than a decade, with the decline dramatically accelerating in the last five years. It’s the main reason for the terrible labor market, as small businesses account for most job growth.

    In place of such healthy trends is the trend of “dependency, not recovery.” More Americans as a percentage are dependent on government than at any time in our history.

  • Anthony_Eller

    I ask you to help me find solutions
    It is up to the American citizens to bring awareness to anyone and everyone that will listen The last election it took $7Billion to elect the President and Congress so many favors owed the students will never have a chance to get out of debt! There is no real news to report the truth I call it :”lollypop news” where you pick your own flavor news! We need results not the Rhetoric our president and congress are trying to sell us on! We are being patronized,because they work for a select few! Not the hard working citizens!

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