Both presidential campaigns released statements on how they would grow the technology startup industry. In letters addressed to the regional trade organization, NYTechMeeetup, both candidates gave moderately specific answers. Obama focused on his track-record of technology policy, including the release of government data through the newly created Chief Technology Officer, the overhaul of patent reform, and the legalization of “crowdfunding.” Romney promised more high-skilled immigrants, the creation of a new free trade zone, and to fund research. We’ve included the full statements below and some bulleted point explanations on the specifics.


  • The Chief Technology is a new senior advisor position dedicated to creatively applying technology to government solutions. The current CTO, Todd Park, unveiled his plan at TechCrunch Disrupt New York, and details can be read here)
  • Crowdfunding expands the number and types of investors legally allowed to fund a startup, which was ratified last April with Jumpstart…

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