Hello Immodest Proposals members! In partnership with PolitiHacks, Better Worlds is excited to announce a special event featuring panelists:
Alexis Ohanian, founder of Reddit and Breadpig Alex Torrenegra, the founder of founder of VoiceBunny and Torrenegra Labs, and was a co-founder of InBed.me. Alex is also the author of an excellent article (http://www.wired.com/business/2012/04/opinion-torrenegra-startup-visa/) that ran in Wired, regarding the idea of a "Startup Visa" to help founders come to the US and create jobs. Jeremy Robbins, policy advisor and special counsel in the office of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Thanks to generous support from Google, this event (21+) will include free refreshments/drinks.
Domino's plans to deliver you pizza...on the moon. Amazon will sell you anything and deposit it on your doorstep the next day. An entire library can be downloaded into your backpack from anywhere and you can share it with your friends everywhere.
But try sharing it in person. Or better yet, try starting a business with them. Now you need visas, money of a different color, and a passport. Physical borders stand in the way, especially if you are a US entrepreneur. Did you know that it is easier to leave the country to start a company with a friend who lives in, say, Mexico or India or China than it would be for your co-founder to come here? And why wouldn't you leave? The Internet exists in other countries and as much as you love your home, the hassle makes you wonder how much it loves you back.
In a global economy, competition has no borders. We need new models for job creation that adapt to this reality. So how do we do it? How can we drive job creation in America and how can government policy do a better job of encouraging investment here at home?
Join Better Worlds on June 6, 2012 for a panel addressing these issues and more. Experts from the startup world, government, and nonprofit NGOs will discuss the challenges of competing in a global environment and the changes that need to happen to encourage investment and job creation in America. Bring your questions and your ideas and be prepared to participate in a dynamic discussion of one of the most pressing issues facing our rapidly evolving economy.
THE VENUE This event will take place at General Assembly, a global network of campuses for entrepreneurs seeking opportunity and education in technology, business, and design. Space is limited to 65 people, so please sign up today! There will be a limited waiting list, and also a webcast of the event, but there's nothing like being there in person.
AFTERPARTY at Slate NY (http://slate-ny.com), with free ping-pong and pool for attendees.