Category : National Politics

How Slow Can You Go?

Just how bad is immigration policy in the United States?  There is a plot being hatched to park a ship in international waters and allow skilled, foreign-born workers the opportunity to work for US companies (including startups) from there.  H1-B visas are capped at 85,000 and were exhausted in 10 weeks this…

The JOBS Act’s Most Important Provision

The Jumpstart our Business Startups (JOBS) act has been getting a lot of press for allowing “crowd funding.”  For the most part, when you think “crowd” you think of something like the company Kickstarter that I talked about last week, and it is… sort of.  Kickstarter may be the closest thing…

Have You Caught The Irony in Criticizing Romney for Bain Capital?

I have a feeling it’s going to be a theme for the next 10 months or so to criticize Mitt Romney’s role at Bain Capital.  This is just raw ignorance, it shows a lack of understanding about private equity, struggling companies or capitalism in general.  Unfortunately, there’s a very sad,…

A Note or Two on “Occupy Wall Street”

This whole “Occupy Wall Street” business is starting to upset me and I thought I’d offer a few opinions: I walked past the bull and the exchange as well as through the financial district more generally while I was in New York last Friday and didn’t see a single protester. …

All The President’s Yinzers

I thought I’d pass on the following notice I became aware of via an email to Pittsburgh bloggers. SBA and the White House are asking entrepreneurs for their ideas on which federal regulations and processes should be changed to foster entrepreneurship and we’ll be in your area in the coming…

Free Social Media is More Important Than a Free Press

This morning when I did my daily read through the world of startups, social media, news, etc… something struck me.  It’s rare that the worlds of international politics and social media overlap, but today is one of those times.  In Egypt the government has used tear gas and fire hoses…

Can Public and/or Stupid Stimulus Money Stimee Smart Investments?

I had an interesting discussion with one of my colleagues the other day.  It started over Twitter and then continued in the office.  I had posted a link to a Fred Wilson blog post that suggested that VCs may currently be chasing there tales in the same way that bankers…

We Knew the Post-Gazette Was Left, But Geeze…

While liberals and the poor favored slightly more equal distributions than conservatives and the wealthy, a large majority of every group we surveyed — from the poorest to the richest, from the most conservative to the most liberal — agreed that the current level of wealth inequality was too high…

Million Moderate March

I’ve got to tell you, it’s the first time I’ve ever considered driving to DC for a political rally… The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c Rally to Restore Sanity www.thedailyshow.com Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Tea Party

Saturday Musings: Don’t Make Gay Marriage Legal, Abolish Heterosexual Marriage

This blog is not typically (at least over the last 8 months or so) a political platform, but since it’s saturday and I frequently go a little off topic on saturdays, I think I’m going to have a quick political discussion.  If you’re not a fan, come back tomorrow for…