Startup CEO D.C. Trip

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February 5  |  Federal Issues, Government Relations  |   Carl Guardino

Here’s food for thought . . . In life and in politics, both the message and the messenger matter.

Last week, we were in Washington D.C. with 12 CEOs, but this is not your typical group of Silicon Valley executives.

With the solid support of Silicon Valley bank and Virgin America, we brought to D.C. 12 CEOs and founders of Silicon Valley startups.

All in their 20s or early 30s, these CEOs are innovators and entrepreneurs that help fuel America’s innovation economy – in med-tech, clean-tech, high-tech and venture capital.

Most job creation in the United States comes from innovation economy startups.  It is no surprise that most of our innovation also comes from startups.

That’s why we invested the week meeting with key members in the House of Representatives, the Senate and the Administration.  Focusing on immigration and education, these startups are adding their voices to the national dialogue on immigration reform.

Our twin goal is simple yet significant – we need an education system to grow the best and brightest from around our nation, and an immigration system to attract the best and brightest from around the world.

The message matters – as do the messengers.  We believe the voices of these young entrepreneurs will be heard.

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One Response to Startup CEO D.C. Trip

  1. linda Koelling says:

    Carl,
    I share the need for common sense approaches for immigration reform. There is one element to all of this that should be addressed first and that is a change in the constitution stating that all babies born of non -citizen parents are automatic citizens just because they are born here. This constitutional law is outdated now that travel all over the world is easy. A company’s ability to have the brightest and the best on their payroll is a benefit for all, however, this constant stream of foreign employees coming here and having babies who are automatic citizens in my opinion puts a real drain on our system. I do applaud the efforts of change but I hope this thought can be addressed. Thank you

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