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Come Talk Startup Public Policy with Congressman Rick Larsen!

Congressman Rick Larsen, who represents Washington's 2nd Congressional District, has graciously agreed to come and talk to us about public policy and startups.

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP and also email me any questions that you want to ask the Congressman at the meetup. I'll be the moderator of the discussion.

This is going to be a great opportunity for the startup community to not only listen and learn but also to tell a member of the House what concerns us, and how and what we believe the government can do to help startups!

We look forward to seeing you!


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  • Dave P.

    Thanks Joe!

    1 · April 2, 2013

  • Lyle H.

    Fun talk with Rick, Joe and around 40 attendees talking about regulations, taxes, privacy, working with the public sector, government priorities and weed from a start-up perspective.

    1 · April 2, 2013

  • Richard F.

    Kuddos to Joe Wallin for organizing this!
    I am not sure that we furthered the cause for capitalism today but water dripping on a rock eventually can eventualy produce results...
    best to all ..

    1 · April 2, 2013

  • Steven S.

    Quick addendum: I live in South Everett, and I am a proud constituent of Congressman Larson.

    April 1, 2013

  • Steven S.

    Thirty years ago starting a business meant launching a printing shop or starting an accounting firm with some co-workers. You started small, your customers were your neighbors, and your goal was slow an steady growth. Today you launch and app and your customers are worldwide from the start. Introduce a new selling model (i.e. zulilly) and you grow exponentially in weeks. Even physical products (as in my own case) are supplied and sold globally. New types of founding and financing rule the day. Crowd-funding, Revenue financing, and microloans are common today. Times have changed, yet the SBA and banks have not. They still look at selling only to your neighbors, and a cadence of slow growth. What can the government, on State and Federal level, to recognize the foundational shift in what “starting a business” means today, and help the SBA and Financial Institutions become more responsive to today’s startup paradigms?

    April 1, 2013

  • Joe W.

    This is going to be a great event tomorrow. I look forward to seeing you.

    April 1, 2013

  • Joe W.

    Please email me a description of any startup public policy issues that you would like to talk to the Congressman about at this event. I am putting together a list covering such things as--crowdfunding, general solicitation in 506 rounds, JOBS Act implementation, extension of the qualified small business stock benefit--which expires at the end of this year, etc.

    In any event, please email me if you want to make sure we put something on the list. Thanks!

    March 20, 2013

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