Launchpad Republic: America's Entrepreneurial Edge and Why It Matters

  • 4h 51m
  • Howard Wolk, John Landry
  • John Wiley & Sons (US)
  • 2022

Will America's entrepreneurial spirit continue to define its destiny? What can the rest of the world learn from America's experience?

In Launchpad Republic: America's Entrepreneurial Edge and Why it Matters to All of Us, Howard Wolk and John Landry provide an insightful and thought-provoking history of entrepreneurship in the United States, with a focus on the political, legal, and cultural forces that have sustained "creative destruction" and propelled the country forward for more than 200 years. In telling this story, the book highlights the critical features that have set America apart from other countries and identifies the key attributes necessary for it to maintain leadership for years to come.

Entrepreneurship is a rebellious act, and America's democratic system is unique in enabling new companies to challenge established ones. As a result, the country enjoys not just more robust start-up activity, but also a dynamism that forces big companies to improve—or face the consequences. It protects both property rights and the right to compete in ways not enjoyed elsewhere, encouraging investment and innovation. Aside from assessing how American entrepreneurial capitalism unfolded, the authors address current challenges such as the rise of the "Big Tech", concerns about inequality, inclusivity and sustainability, and the evolution toward stakeholder capitalism. They compare the American approach to both Continental Europe's consensus-oriented framework and China's authoritarian model.

Launchpad Republic offers readers:

  • Insights into how America's political, legal and cultural history helped make the country the most dynamic economy in the world since inception
  • A framework for understanding how the country's balanced and limited government, decentralized financial and corporate system, and responsiveness to consumers all served to enable innovation and improved standard of living while avoiding many of the pitfalls of cronyism and protectionism
  • Fascinating comparisons between the United States and other countries, both historical and contemporary, that provide important context to many of today's critical issues

A book that covers important topics in an easy to read style, Launchpad Republic belongs in the library of every policy wonk, capitalist, entrepreneur, founder, business leader, amateur historian, and technologist with an interest in how America's relentless entrepreneurial spirit has influenced—and will influence—its destiny.

About the Author

Howard L. Wolk is Co-President of The Cross Country Group (CCG). Howard began his career at the New York City law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, and then joined the White House as Associate Counsel for the transition team during the Clinton Administration, also serving as a member of Vice President Gore’s Task Force on Reinventing Government. He received B.A. and B.S.Ec. (Wharton School) degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, a J.D. degree from Columbia Law School, and an M.P.A. degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where he served as a Senior Fellow. Howard is active in several non-profit and social entrepreneurship organizations.

John Landry, a senior consultant with The Winthrop Group, has more than 20 years of experience as a historian, business writer, and editor, including 13 years as an editor at Harvard Business Review. He has written or edited scores of articles, blog posts, and books and has worked closely with CEOs and other senior executives to select and develop their ideas for publication. Landry, who has a Ph.D. in economic history from Brown University, is the author of a confidential history of a global management consulting firm and the co-author of two books: Mylan: 50 Years of Unconventional Success (with John Seaman) and From the Rivers: The Origins and Growth of the New England Electric System (with Jeffrey Cruikshank).

In this Book

  • Preface
  • Bigger, Better, Faster, Cheaper
  • Gorillas and Guerillas
  • European and Colonial Foundations
  • Upstart Nation
  • Building the Entrepreneurial Republic
  • The Evolution from Small Business to Big
  • The Age and Aging of Incumbents
  • The Entrepreneurial Revolution
  • The Inflection Point?
  • Maintaining the Entrepreneurial Advantage