StartupVisa.com in da HOUSE!
(and i really do mean in the House... as in the Houses of Congress). Today, the Startup Visa Posse came to DC to visit several reps on Capitol Hill to promote awareness for the Startup Visa Act of 2010. People we met with included Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO), and staffers for Sen. Lugar (R-IN) & Sen. Kerry (D-MA).
Later today we'll be meeting with administration representatives from the White House, State Dept, Commerce Dept, as well as DHS, SBA, and several other federal organizations with impressive TLAs.
So far, it's been an incredible experience for many of us who are political n00bs -- we've actually been pleasantly surprised by the level of encouragement and support from folks here in Washington, and in turn they've been pleasantly surprised at how much progress we've made on the issue since our GeeksOnaPlane trip to DC last September, where we first cooked up our plans and created the StartupVisa.com site.
Yesterday, while we were mid-air from SFO to DC -- with online access courtesy of GoGo Wireless and Virgin America -- we conducted a StartupVisa TweetHall, which was a live twitter meetup of over 5,000 people who used the #StartupVisa hashtag in their tweets. Prominent twitterers who showed their support included Tim O'Reilly, Chris Sacca, Matt Cutts, Craig Newmark (of Craigslist.org), Padmasree Warrior (CTO of Cisco), as well as many other geeks & non-geeks in the US and around the world.
We hope you'll continue to help with our efforts, and if you're a registered US voter, please take just 30 seconds to tweet your support and we'll automatically send a message to your local representative (using your zip code), courtesy of 2gov.org.