Tag Archives: Entrepreneur

Morning Stories (12-23-2011)

  • Bloomberg Businessweek has a piece examining the optimism of Silicon Valley
  • Tim B. Lee discusses the boycott facing GoDaddy over its support for SOPA
  • Wired has a great profile on Dropbox and what’s in store for the future of Cloud
  • Apparently Israelis are the biggest users of social networks, according to The Next Web (H/T Financial Times)
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Morning Stories (12-22-2011)

  • At Technology Liberation Front, Geoffrey Manne and Berin Szoka provide some great perspective on the Google antitrust enforcement letter sent to the FTC by Sens. Kohl and Lee.
  • Mike Masnick at TechDirt dispells the myth that SOPA will only affect foreign websites.
  • Facebook is altering its privacy protections for European users in the wake of an audit by the Irish Data Protection Commission.
  • Digits has a nice review of Woman Innovate Mobile, a new “start-up accelerator” aiming to close the gender gap in the mobile technology market. The application period closes February 1.
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Morning Stories (12-21-2011)

  • The continued markup of SOPA has been delayed until next year. As reported at engadget, a petition at WhiteHouse.gov calling on the President to veto SOPA and similar legislation has already gained nearly 32,000 signatures.
  • Tools and methods of circumventing SOPA provisions are already being deployed, according to a report by Forbes. SOPA’s flaws demonstrate that the law would merely “reinforce the Internet’s fundamental security problems without blocking access to copyright-infringing sites for any user savvy enough to use simple software tools.”
  • This morning the WSJ reported that hackers in China had successfully breached the systems of the US Chamber of Commerce, accessing “everything stored on its systems, including information about its three million members.” The breach was discovered and thwarted back in the spring 2010, though two sources suggested the hackers may have had access to the systems for over a year.
  • Better policy is needed to keep entrepreneurs coming to the US and creating jobs with venture-funded businesses, according to a study by the National Foundation for American Policy.
  • National Journal reports that the swift moves by the DOJ and FCC to stifle the AT&T / T-Mobile merger may chill any future mergers for the duration of the Obama administration.
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Startup Exemption Rally in DC – November 17

If you’re in the DC area, consider attending Startup Exemption’s rally outside the SEC tomorrow, November 17, from 7:30 am to 2:00 pm. The rally is in support of H.R. 2930, the Entrepreneurial Access to Capital Act. H.R. 2930 would ease SEC restrictions on crowdfunding for startups and other small businesses. The House of Representatives passed the legislation with near unanimous consent, and it is scheduled for consideration in the Senate.

H.R. 2930 would be a boon for Americans by making funding for startups more accessible. It would also be a low cost measure for job creation. Along with the VET Act of 2011 that Marvin discussed previously, these measures would do much to give our economy a desperately needed boost.

To learn more about Startup Exemption, visit their website here.

And for more on the merits of H.R. 2930 and similar legislation check out a great op-ed in the WSJ by the  Competitive Enterprise Institute’s John Berlau.



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