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Hi, I’m Brad Feld, a managing director at the Foundry Group who lives in Boulder, Colorado. I invest in software and Internet companies around the US, run marathons and read a lot.

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2008 Technology Roundtable at the DNC

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I’m having my half day DNC experience this morning.  At 10am I’m on a panel creatively titled 2008 Technology RoundtableIt’s limited attendee (200 people at the Ricketson Theater) but appears to being broadcast live on the web.

It’s an interesting experience. I really didn’t want to deal with the traffic and people around the DNC, especially after running a marathon this weekend (and still being in a recovery phase), so I took advantage of my early wake up time and drove to downtown Boulder around 6:30.  I’m now sitting all alone in the breakfast room (green room equivalent) waiting for them to pull together the coffee service.  It’s kind of tranquil in a weird way.

My session (one of three) – titled "Promoting the Next Wave of Innovation" – covers the following:

The second session will address the question of what strategies that the federal government can use to promote technological development and innovation. In particular, it will evaluate what public policies can best spur capital formation and protect the U.S. advantage in that area; what educations reforms, particularly as to math and science education, can prepare a next generation of engineers and business persons; and what innovation policies, be they support for basic research or patent law reform can spur greater levels of technological development.

My co-panelists are John Seely Brown (Deloitte Center for Edge Innovation), Charlie Ergen (CEO – Echostar), Bill Kennard (Carlyle Group, Former Chairman FCC), Honorable Zoe Lofgren (Congresswoman – U.S. House of Representatives), Don Rosenberg (General Counsel and EVP – Qualcomm), and David Thompson (Group President of Information Technology and Services – Symantec). 

It’ll either be really interesting or really dull.  I’ll work on "interesting" but I’ve been told "no swearing."

  • http://www.kidmercuryblog.com kid mercury

    i got a crazy idea. how about the federal government abolishes the federal reserve and returns to a sound monetary policy, and stops using taxpayer money to bomb taxpayers like they did on 9/11. this would eliminate the need for unnecessary wars, which would result in less govenrment spending, which would eliminate the need to artificially inflate the money supply to finance big government, which means we wouldnt have the devalued dollar and 15% annual inflation (conservative estimate) that we do have.

    the federal government's job isn't to “promote innovation.” that's the government's job in a socialist/fascist society. in a capitalist society, which we once had but increasingly do not, the federal government's job is to be the referree, not the venture capitalist. that's your job, brad! tell the feds to lay off your turf! :D

    though if you only have time for one issue, i suggest 9/11 truth. nothing is more important, and nothing is more relevant.

  • http://blog.eturner.net/ Elliot Turner

    Remember that “no swearing” rule if folks start discussing US Patent Law :)

  • Steve Bergstein

    It does sound like a great opportunity to push for abolishing software patents. I'll be interesed to read your after-action report.

  • Richard Stump

    governments are good at funding basic building block research, expand SBIR funding, also could be a back end way to instill some fiscal repsonsibility.

  • http://www.naffziger.net/blog Dave Naffziger

    Wow, what an interesting set of panelists. I have to admit that few of those panelists would be on my short list for 'Promoting the Next Wave of Innovation'. Where are the Google founders (or even MSFT veterans)? CleanTech? Medical?

    • http://www.feld.com Brad Feld

      Remember, this is a DNC policy thing. The title probably should have been “Public Policy Issues Surrounding Innovation.” That would have fit a little better.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/bfeld bfeld

    Remember, this is a DNC policy thing. The title probably should have been “Public Policy Issues Surrounding Innovation.” That would have fit a little better.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/steve_bergs2127 steve_bergs2127

    It does sound like a great opportunity to push for abolishing software patents. I'll be interesed to read your after-action report.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/richard_st59861 richard_st59861

    governments are good at funding basic building block research, expand SBIR funding, also could be a back end way to instill some fiscal repsonsibility.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/kidmercury kidmercury

    i got a crazy idea. how about the federal government abolishes the federal reserve and returns to a sound monetary policy, and stops using taxpayer money to bomb taxpayers like they did on 9/11. this would eliminate the need for unnecessary wars, which would result in less govenrment spending, which would eliminate the need to artificially inflate the money supply to finance big government, which means we wouldnt have the devalued dollar and 15% annual inflation (conservative estimate) that we do have.

    the federal government's job isn't to "promote innovation." that's the government's job in a socialist/fascist society. in a capitalist society, which we once had but increasingly do not, the federal government's job is to be the referree, not the venture capitalist. that's your job, brad! tell the feds to lay off your turf! :D

    though if you only have time for one issue, i suggest 9/11 truth. nothing is more important, and nothing is more relevant.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/dave_naffzi2081 dave_naffzi2081

    Wow, what an interesting set of panelists. I have to admit that few of those panelists would be on my short list for 'Promoting the Next Wave of Innovation'. Where are the Google founders (or even MSFT veterans)? CleanTech? Medical?

  • Elliot Turner

    Remember that "no swearing" rule if folks start discussing US Patent Law :)

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