Going to California

Tomorrow I am headed to California to moderate/host the National Venture Capital Association’s 35th anniversary event. It is being held at Microsoft’s research campus in Mountain View. The NVCA will be showcasing three innovative startups: human organ maker Tengion, facial recognition technology provider Digital Signal Corp., and electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors.

After presentations from the companies, I will moderate a discussion with NVCA president Mark Heesen and NVCA chairman and venture capitalist Dixon Doll titled “What Washington Must Do to Keep Innovation Alive.” We’ll be talking about all the policies that need to be created or tweaked to help keep America at the forefront of innovation for the next 35 years.

If you have any thoughts or suggestions on this topic, please post a comment or send them to me and I will try to work them into the discussion.

Frankly, I am looking forward to getting out of New York for a few days. This financial meltdown is really depressing, and seems to be getting worse by the day. I know it smacks of escapism but sometime an escape is just what the doctor ordered.

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