I recently had the chance to meet with various senators, congress members, and the United States’ Chief Technology Officer to be a part of discussions surrounding the increasingly hot topic of privacy vis-à-vis technology, and more specifically—mobile apps.
The great folks at the Association for Competitive Technology (ACT) had reached out to me after seeing what I was working on to ask if I’d join them on Capitol Hill. Their blog post summarizes the thrust of what we were there for nicely. In short, this is the message ACT wants to spread:
The pace of innovation that is taking place right now in the app economy is remarkable. Washington should avoid taking steps that would unnecessarily hinder the continued growth of our industry.
I couldn’t agree more.
I came to Baltimore 10 years ago to study neuroscience at Johns Hopkins. After graduating, I did a 180 and created a web startup company with a college friend who’d also stayed in Charm City. Long story short, the company imploded, and I learned the hard way that what I was trying to do in Baltimore was an uphill battle.
So I’m headed off towards Silicon Valley.
Deciding to pick up and leave nearly everyone and everything you know behind in order to start anew across the country is not an easy decision to make. Especially after spending so much time and effort helping improve the Baltimore startup scene, which is now quite vibrant. Things have gotten a lot better for people pursuing the startup dream in Baltimore, and will keep improving, but there are still big obstacles here for entrepreneurs (mainly cultural and money-centric, but that’s a whole other blog post).
For now, suffice it to say that I’ll certainly miss Baltimore (and all my friends in it!), and even though I have no exact plans yet, I’m excited for what the West coast has to offer.
Plus, I hear San Francisco has great vegan food.