Show #65 Startup Visa update, Startup Lessons Learned Conference preview

The Startup Success Podcast

The Startup Success Podcast

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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Bob Walsh is on Twitter at http://twitter.com/bobwalsh or you can email him at bob.walsh@47hats.com.

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Show #59 Eric Ries, StartupVisa.com, and the startup visa.

The Startup Success Podcast

The Startup Success Podcast

Should there be a special immigration visa for non-U.S. startup founders? We grill Eric Ries of StartupVisa.com about the federal bill he and thousands of VCs, Angels, Silicon Valley notables, IT people, and others are supporting, tweeting and advocating.

Pat and Bob robustly question Eric on exactly how the Startup Visa would work, what it will and won’t do, how this VC/tech community political movement got started, and can social media become political action and even national policy.

We ask questions – tough questions – we and you, our listeners, have about this controversial bill. Also, Eric and other StartupVisa advocates met with members of Congress, The White House, Commerce Department, State Department and Small Business Administration last week, presenting thousands of tweets from voters around the country supporting the bill. What happened when Silicon Valley goes inside the Washington, D.C. Beltway?

And, this time Bob has a Microsoft announcement – Microsoft WebsiteSpark will soon be sponsoring 130 web designers and developers for six-month StartupToDo.com subscriptions.

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Bob Walsh is on Twitter at http://twitter.com/bobwalsh or you can email him at bob.walsh@47hats.com.

Patrick Foley is on Twitter at http://twitter.com/patrickfoley or you can email him at patrick.foley@microsoft.com

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