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Parliamentary Spokespeople on Policies for Startups

It's election year! Each of the significant political parties have distinct policies that will impact startups. Some areas of interest include:
- Startup Visa
- Taxation of Options
- R&D / Incubator / Accelerator funding
- Another trans-pacific data cable
- ... and more

Clare Curran (Labour), Gareth Hughes (Green), Vikram Kumar (Internet), and Jonathan Young (National) will each present a 5-minute pitch on their party's view, and then we'll take questions from the floor.

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  • Dylan B.

    I feel that the discussions could have gone on for hours. Perhaps we should have a repeat before the election and structure it in a way that we prepare questions prior, and then either direct them to one of the spokespeople or even run a mini debate style discussion? It's also very hard when some parties don't have released policies, others haven't read each others bills etc. But was interesting all the same. Thank you Dave for facilitating.

    1 · June 26, 2014

  • Jamie W.

    A little frustrating as it wasn't really designed to get real answers out of them, also that National chose not to front someone with knowledge of the space. I guess you can't expect too much from a bunch of politicians!

    1 · June 24, 2014

  • Eleanor

    I would have loved to have been there today. Sorry to miss it but my current appointment is running way over schedule! I appreciate the opportunity and hope it goes well - will definitely be interesting food for thought. Eleanor

    June 24, 2014

  • Dave M.

    If you have specific questions for the politicians, please ask them here ahead of the meeting. Thanks!

    June 19, 2014

    • Jamie W.

      All political parties seem to be interested in how to make housing more affordable in Auckland, without tackling the issue of why everyone wants to be in Auckland - jobs. The tech industry has the ability to provide jobs to remote workers in any city reducing unemployment in small centres. What would your party do to encourage large companies to hire remote workers (or setup offices) outside of Auckland and Wellington. Tax breaks? Cash incentives?

      1 · June 19, 2014

    • Jamie W.

      Government IT projects are often run over budget and over time, leaving the tax payer with a bill for unusable technology (for example... well all of them). Startups are uniquely able to work quickly to solve complex issues in a way that works for their users. What would a government with your party in it do to ensure IT projects were taken out of the hands of unskilled IT departments and put into the hands of the vibrant NZ tech community?

      June 19, 2014

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