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Re: “Big Ideas 2011: Stop the brain drain

"Best Kids" is a bit of a fuzzy term – you're correct. In this context, we're talking about high-potential, entrepreneurial (often unconventional) students. The statement regarding where the "best kids" go is absolutely based on anecdotal evidence, but that doesn't make it any less true. I've spent the last several years traveling the state, talking to students and recent grads and there is definitely a feeling that there is not sufficient opportunity for entrepreneurially-mind graduates. Now, I don't happen to think that is true, but I do think there is a disconnect between those opportunities and the job seekers. That is one of the primary purposes behind the Arkansas Fellowship.

To your second point - Yes we have a national brain drain as well. There are three reasons for this. The first is our restrictive visa policy. There are some smart people that are trying to rectify this like Brad Feld, Paul Graham and Senator John Kerry via the "startup visa act".

The second is that we just simply have less students pursuing careers in the sciences (mathematics, engineering, etc.). (See the America COMPETES Act) And the ratio of young women pursuing these types of careers are woefully inadequate. There are a number of folks working on addressing this issue - with varying degrees of success.

The third is countries like India and China are much better (easier) places to start business than they used to be. They are still not the U.S. in terms of rule of law, intellectual property rights, access to markets, early-stage funding, etc., but they are lot closer to the U.S. then they were say just 10 years ago. A brilliant Indian student studying in the U.S. really had no option but to stay in the U.S. if they wanted to pursue an entrepreneurial career 10 years ago. That is no longer the case.

Posted by Kristian Andersen on 12/02/2011 at 1:36 PM

Re: “Big Ideas 2011: Stop the brain drain

We've actually already begun building the implementation plan. It's really quite simple, that what allows it to scale and have a substantive, long-term impact.

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Posted by Kristian Andersen on 12/02/2011 at 8:30 AM

Re: “Big Ideas 2011: Stop the brain drain

@Onlyme I hope a program like this can help make stories like yours ancient history.

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Posted by Kristian Andersen on 12/01/2011 at 8:53 PM


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