FWD.US Happy Hour

Last week (I think) I had the opportunity to meet this whirlwind of a person – Lisa Conn.  She is a force and pitched me hard on this new organization FWD.US supported by some very cool people (Reid Hoffman, Mark Zuckerberg, Ron Conway, Reed Hastings and Paul Graham to name a few).

FWD.us is an advocacy organization created to promote policies that will lead to a more advanced workforce and stronger knowledge economy in the U.S. Our organization is backed by a diverse group of leading innovators, job creators, business owners and founders from Silicon Valley’s tech sector.

The organization is not political but will influence politicians.  It’s aim is bi-partisan.  Their agenda:

  • Comprehensive immigration reform that allows for the hiring of the best and brightest.
  • Education reforms that produce more graduates in the science, technology and math fields and ensure all children receive a high quality education from effective teachers and accountable schools.
  • Support for scientific research, which seeds the future innovation of our knowledge economy, and breakthrough developments.

As a local advocate who works hard for our area, I would like to see more student visitors able to stay and create companies, work in startups and drive our local tech community.

They are hosting an open house/happy hour at Tobacco Road Sports Bar in Durham on Wednesday, October 2nd from 7:30pm to 8:30pm.  See you there.

Speaker, investor, mentor, startup founder. One of 3 or 4 Co-Founders of MapQuest (sold to AOL for $1.2B). Managing Director of $25M Venture Fund in late 90's. CEO, COO or President of various companies ranging from $200k to $20M in size. One of two Managing Directors of The Startup Factory (35 investments across 7 cohorts), founder and MC of the Big Top Reverse Job Fair and national writer and speaker waxing poetic around startups and startup communities. Currently EIR @ Techstars with Brad Feld ~ Startup Communities, to help community leaders around the world grow their startup community.

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