One Ring to Rule Them All

The P-G reports today that the newest plan to channel government and foundation funding for local startups through one guy may be a non-starter.

That's the best local economic development news I've read all week, except, maybe, for the report (in the same story!) about a possible privately-funded (but Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership-supported) open WiFi network for Downtown.

These are both small steps in the right direction: Creating an open infrastructure -- whether it's technology or markets -- and letting firms and individuals build businesses and community organizations on top of it.


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