The Vanishing Entrepreneur

Law professor Donna Matias knows how difficult it can be to start a new business. In her work as director of a legal clinic at the University of San Diego School of Law, she helps low- and moderate-income entrepreneurs navigate the legal hurdles they encounter. She tells the story of one client who wanted to operate a transportation service, and faced a mountain of challenges as a result.


  1. fred

    Great argument!

  2. Daniel Pealer

    Want to start a business that people in your area would find really useful? Sorry unless you have political connections you won’t be able to get it because your competitors don’t want the competition.

  3. Matt Wavle

    or go full Agorist.  Only accept bitcoin or cash, only accept clients from those who share your values.

  4. agavin2342

    It’s really scary, because it shows just how many jobs could be created, but how hard it is to start  business. All these regulations keep people from starting businesses and stimulating the economy–instead, they lose out and so do countless others.

  5. Yotsuya

    Her suggestions at the end are great ideas but will never come to be because they completely undercut the true reason for these regulations- to create barriers to entry in business. 

  6. Yotsuya

    “Protest is when I say I don’t like this. Resistance is when I put an end to what I don’t like. Protest is when I say I refuse to go along with this anymore. Resistance is when I make sure everybody else stops going along too.”

     Ulrike Meinhof
  7. GeF

    less regulations, less red tape,, more opportunity

  8. Jaysuf

    That is so messed up. Besides quelling competition, what could possibly be the reason for requiring entrepreneurs to invited their competition to make arguments against and not allow new businesses? California is obviously a messed up place to start a business or live in general besides the weather. That is why there has been a mass migration in the last twenty years from California to a better place, Arizona.

  9. Nathanael Stover

    While a minimum wage increases unemployment, the suggestions made in this video will actually provide more jobs to low income people.

  10. asexymind

    As Bono says – handouts can help, but free enterprise is the solution.

  11. asexymind

    Perhaps, just perhaps, if we can communicate to pro-regulation folks the costs of those barriers to those we (as compassionate people) most want to help, it will have them rethink their political support. We can hope, anyway.

  12. asexymind

    If you haven’t see Donna Matias talk on “The Case For Economic Liberty” – – she both shines in it and brings the basic argument into tremendous clarity.

  13. kevinbuttrum

    It is so sad that someone needs permission to start a business today. She was going to drive people around, if she was a bad driver she would of lost her clients right away and went out of business. 

  14. kevinbuttrum

    Totally agree. This is were the apps for smartphones are helping out. 

  15. Lukas Koube

    the saddest story ever…so many people could have been helped and were robbed of a great service bc of petty bureaucracy. 

  16. diamond_max

    The struggle is real.

Leave a Reply