The Research

Engine Foundation conducts original research on high-tech entrepreneurial activity that informs our advocacy, outreach, and communications initiatives.

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2016 Candidate Report Card

Are the 2016 presidential candidates passing or failing on the issues most critical to startups and the tech community?

 
 

 

THE STATE OF MIAMI’S ENTREPRENEURIAL ECOSYSTEM

An early look at the role and impact of the Knight Foundation's investments in Miami’s startup ecosystem.

 
 

While Miami is late to the game as a tech startup hub compared with Silicon Valley, New York, North Carolina’s Research Triangle and others, its emerging tech ecosystem leverages its proximity and connections to Latin America, as well as a robust entrepreneurial culture and diverse population.

 

 

IMPACT OF INTERNET REGULATION ON EARLY STAGE INVESTMENT / 2015

89% of investors said the current legal environment has a more negative impact on their investment decisions than the current economic climate

 
 

This paper surveys early stage investors throughout the world to determine how regulatory regimes impact their investment in companies that facilitate the distribution of digital content. Investors reported that their investment decisions were influenced largely by the prevailing legal environment and believed that ambiguous regulations, unduly harsh legal penalties, and liability for third party acts diminished their incentives to invest in online startups.

 

 
 

HIGH-TECH EMPLOYMENT IN THE EU / 2014

This comprehensive analysis of the high-tech workforce highlights the important role high-tech workers play in job creation, income generation, and economic growth.

This paper looks at high-tech employment and wage trends in the European Union (EU-27) between 2000 and 2011. Using a broad industry-occupation framework, we define high-tech workers as those employed in a high-tech industry or a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) occupation.

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VALUE OF ONLINE PRIVACY / 2013

$1.19

What consumers will pay to protect their location data, compared to $4.05 for their contacts

Alternatively, many apps offer various pay-for options. Often, these have additional features, but most importantly they allow consumers to keep their information private. In short: consumers can either “pay” with money or with their information. This tradeoff is at the heart of the study.

This paper shows the differentiated “utility” (i.e. happiness, satisfaction, etc.) users derive from smartphone applications, and the value they place on their privacy in that exchange. Most smartphone apps are “free” to consumers, but in exchange for these “free” apps, consumers “pay” for them by granting access to some personal information.

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TECHNOLOGY STARTS / 2013

We also found that high-tech startups exist in a diverse set of regions throughout the United States. Of course, tech hubs like Silicon Valley, Cambridge, Seattle, and San Francisco play an important role, but a number of smaller cities are also having an increasing impact.

This report moves the existing body of research forward by contrasting job creation and business formation dynamics in the entire U.S. private sector with those in the high-tech sector. We find that new and young firms, not small businesses in general, are the key drivers of net job creation, and while these businesses start small, they grow rapidly and contribute positively to net job creation overall.

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TECHNOLOGY WORKS / 2012

1=4.3

The creation of 1 high tech job is projected to create 4.3 other jobs in a local economy

This report also finds that the high-tech sector—defined here as the group of industries with very high shares of workers in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and math—is an important source of secondary job creation and local economic development.

This report analyzes patterns of high-technology employment and wages in the United States. It finds not only that high-tech jobs are a critical source of employment and income in the U.S. economy, but that growth in the high-tech sector has increasingly been occurring in regions that are economically and geographically diverse.

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DATA VISUALIZATION: TECH JOBS ARE ALL ACROSS AMERICA / 2012

Engine is committed to tracking the close connection between innovation and entrepreneurship.

This interactive data visualization was launched during the party nominating conventions that illustrates the geographically diverse nature of technology hubs in the U.S.

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