Wouldn’t you know that just when I rant and rave about how disconnected I think the President might be, he goes and announces a comprehensive program aimed at startups and entrepreneurs. If you haven’t seen anything about it, check it out @ http://www.whitehouse.gov/startup-america-fact-sheet. There is also a good video on the subject.
Finally, there is someone in charge of a program beneficial to the startup community who really understands that creating new jobs has been done by companies less than five years old. Carl Schramm, President and CEO of the Kauffmann Foundation does. So it is perfect that he and Steve Case, former Founder and CEO of AOL are in charge of this program. Let’s hope they can keep the ball moving forward.
A sign that this time might be different is the inclusion of Brad Feld, along with his co-founder and David Cohen, and their wildly successful seed accelerator Tech Stars are part of the pack. They committed to creating 5,000 mentors for 6,000 entrepreneurs creating 25,000 new jobs by 2015. They have already signed up 17 other accelerators to be part of the program.
Another thing that I like about the program is that there is something for everyone be you an entrepreneur, mentor, investor or other capital provider. I took away from watching the videos that this seems to be very different from other government supported programs of the past. Sounds great, great team, now it’s time to deliver.