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Startup Innovation: The Role of Regulation in Entrepreneurship

Special issue call for papers from Journal of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy

Guest Editors:

Richard A. Epstein, Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law, NYU School of Law; Bedford Senior Fellow, The Hoover institution; Professor of Law Emeritus; University of Chicago,  [email protected]

Seth Oranburg, Assistant Professor of Law, Duquesne University School of Law; Fellow and Program Affiliate, NYU School of Law, [email protected]

Liya Palagashvili, Assistant Professor of Economics, SUNY-Purchase College; Fellow and Program Affiliate, NYU School of Law, [email protected]

Tech entrepreneurship lies at the heart of innovation, yet regulations have not kept pace with technological change. Uber created ride-sharing; 23&Me democratized access to genetic knowledge; WeWork revolutionized work space leasing. The focus of this special issue is to understand how direct and indirect regulations impact young startups, innovation, and disruptive technologies.
The challenges facing tech startups have been frequently discussed in the media. Law firms and venture capital firms are also beginning to create teams within their companies focusing specifically on helping startups to navigate through the regulatory and legal maze (See, for example, Tusk Ventures and Andreessen Horowitz).  Yet the urgent need today is not just to comply with the emerging rules. It is to rethink the current regulatory structure from the ground up. Nonetheless, notwithstanding the relevance and timeliness of this inquiry, no serious and systematic research has sought to examine in depth the unique challenges that startups face, and why or how regulations designed for an earlier age have become an increasingly bad fit for the current environment. The threshold challenge is the paucity of information on how today’s regulatory system impacts the working environment for startups in different industry groups. Most of today’s information base comes from scattered interviews and ad hoc discussions with relevant actors and through news articles.

For this issue we aim to address questions such as: Which factors impact the ability of startups to grow, innovate, and succeed? What business models work, and in what industries? How do firms in different sectors raise capital at various states in their development? How do they develop a suite of products in an overheated field? How do labor, financing and securities regulations alter the strategies and prospects of new firms? Are these obstacles the same in tech, MedTech, and in FinTech?

We invite scholars to submit all contributions related to better understanding the relationship between regulations, startups, and innovation in the United States. Contributions can range from specific industry analysis to broader macro trends. Here is a list of some topic ideas:
•    Venture capital funding and financing
•    Labor regulations: worker classification, non-competes, unionization, FLSA
•    Immigration, H1B visas, and foreign hires
•    Financial technologies (FinTech) and securities regulations
•    MedTech and FDA, HIPAA, and other related regulations
•    Cryptocurrencies
•    Patents, permits, and app store regulations
•    Privacy and data security
•    Industry analysis in regulated fields: medical/health, financial, transportation, law, environmental,  national security, foreign affairs, and defense

Submission Procedure:

Submissions to this journal are through Aries submission system here:

Please visit the author guidelines for the journal at which gives full details. Please ensure you select this special issue from the relevant drop down menu on page four of the submission process.

Submission Deadline: 1 December 2018