The real long-term solution to the American jobs crisis is to find a way to make it less risky for people to join a start-up. Right now, without basic health insurance or a basic livable retirement package, it is just too risky for talented and experienced individuals to join start-ups. The rewards aren't even close to the risks.
This is particularly true in export-oriented start-ups aiming at niche global markets (this is the growth area I am most excited about). It's possible, using outsourcing and offshoring to build a large virtual company for pennies on the dollar. However, the founding entrepreneur still needs a core team to help him/her get the start-up off the ground. Retaining the talent necessay to do this (this isn't burger flipping), is almost impossible. You can't do it by taking a second mortgage out on your house, you need to go to VCs (which are, as we all know, almost impossible to deal with unless there is a financial bubble in play).
If we can find a way to help these export-oriented businesses get off the ground in large numbers, everyone benefits. [John Robb's Weblog]