Bob and Pat interview two key players in the Startup Visa Act – Eric Ries (see show 59) and Representative Jared Polis (CO-D) who is sponsoring this bill in the House. Eric is also the organizer of the Startup Lessons Learned Conference on April 23rd about the lean startups methodology. This San Francisco conference has galvanized the attention of the global startup community: it will be simulcast to startup meetups (free or nominal cost) in a whopping 50+ cities worldwide and available on Justin.tv.
And we get an education from Eric and Rep. Polis on the huge differences between the worlds of IT and politics. Rep. Polis is serial entrepreneur, creating and selling BlueMountain.com and Proflowers.com before being elected in 2008. Rep. Polis fills us in on why he thinks the Startup Visa Act will pass.
The interview with Eric begins at :58, and with Rep. Polis starts at 18:35.
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URLs mentioned/relevant to this show:
- The Startup Lessons Learned Conference – 4/23 in San Francisco.
- The Startup Lessons Learned Conference global meetup locations.
- The Startup Lessons Learned Conference on Justin.TV.
- The Twitter stream for the Conference.
- GeeksOnaPlane: A Tale of Two Erics / The Startup Visa Movement (Eric Diep, Eric Ries)
- Text of the proposed Startup Visa Act of 2010 (7 pages, pdf)
- VCs Push StartUp Visa Act (BusinessWeek) A group of investors is in Washington to push for passage of a bill that they say would make it easier for foreign entrepreneurs to stay—and create jobs—in the U.S.
- Startup Visa update, at Eric Ries blog, Lessons Learned
- StartupVisa, the Facebook page.
- @2gov and the StartupVisa2gov site.
- The Twitter stream re Startup Visa Act.
- U.S. Representative Jared Polis web site.
- Rep. Jared Polis on Twitter.
- Rep. Jared Polis on Facebook.
- The FCC National Broadband Plan.
- The Microsoft WebsiteSpark StartupToDo.com Scholarship: Microsoft WebsiteSpark is sponsoring 130 StartupToDo.com six-month scholarships for web designers and developers. Info, details and how to apply at http://startuptodo.com/websitespark.