The debates are over! Now we can focus on cooler stuff related to the election, like the candidates’ own stances on policies toward tech startups. A New York City-based tech group asked Barack Obama and Mitt Romney to outline what a 2012 win would mean for tech innovators and entrepreneurs.
In a nicely organized and sub-headed letter, Mitt Romney mentions raising visa caps for skilled foreign workers, adjusting taxes to benefit research and development, and ensuring all major regulations receive congressional approval. Regarding education, Romney points out that he will “take the unprecedented step of tying federal funds directly to dramatic reforms that expand parental choice, invest in innovation, and reward teachers for their results instead of their tenure.” Regarding post-graduation opportunities for students, Romney says he will “ensure that students have diverse and affordable options for higher education to give them the skills they need to succeed after graduation.”
President Obama writes of the creation of the position of U.S. Chief Technology Offer and the pursuit of open data initiatives. The Startup America Partnership was set up to improve the entrepreneur atmosphere across the country. He encourages startups to join, as they’re “focusing on unlocking access to capital to fuel startup growth, connecting mentors and education to entrepreneurs, accelerating innovation from “lab to market” for breakthrough technologies and unleashing market opportunities in industries like health care, clean energy and education.”
Edtech companies, listen up. This stuff is important and could influence your vote! Click on the images below for full resolution and read up on these stances.