A few weeks ago, NY Tech Meetup sent a letter to both Governor Romney and President Obama asking for an explanation about how their individual policies will benefit the NY startup community. The letter detailed the “renaissance in startup innovation in NYC that now rivals Silicon Valley,” and stressed the importance of keeping this culture thriving. Both candidates responded in time for NY Tech Meetup’s October 9th meeting.
Romney laid out his plan to “strengthen the american economy by empowering entrepreneurs and workers and rewarding innovation.” The plan contained a breakdown for human capital, taxes, regulation, trade, education, and basic research. His letter detailed lowering the corporate tax rate and investing in innovation in the educational sector. He ended with, “As president, I will emphasize policies that once again make America the best place int he world to make a discovery, start a business, hire a worker, or find a job.”
Obama’s letter thanked NY Tech Meetup for its entrepreneurial spirit. He mentioned, “expanding broadband networks to connect businesses large and small with markets all around the world.” Additionally, Obama cited his implementation of a U.S. Technology Officer when he entered office, whose job is to harness government data in terms of energy, education, public safety, and other sectors. He ended his letter with a look forward and wrote, “That is the legacy of Edison and Bell. That is the Story of Google and Twitter. That is what landed NASA’s Curiosity on Mars, reminding us that our preeminence…depends on investing wisely in innovation, technology and basic research.”