We recently had the privilege of participating in the Association for Competitive Technology’s (ACT) Congressional Fly-In along with 50 other small business tech executives. Representing Bottle Rocket on Capitol Hill was Rocketeer David Goldstein, our VP of Solutions and Delivery. While there David spoke to lawmakers about the positive impact the technology industry is having on our community and throughout our country.
David’s motivation for going to Washington was “to make sure that lawmakers and regulators hear the voices of small business tech companies. The pace of innovation right now is remarkable, but overreaching laws or regulation could bring industry growth to a screeching halt. I wanted to explain to our elected representatives the success that Bottle Rocket is having and what we need (or don’t need) that will allow us to continue to grow and create more jobs.”
While in Washington, DC, David and his fellow executives discussed the following hot topic issues currently affecting software development:
- Allowing Internet companies to implement new solutions for data transparency- Congress should resist the urge to apply broad regulatory restrictions that would deny consumers many of the products and services they rely on every day.
- Implementing programs for our schools to provide students with the computer science education that will help them qualify for rewarding careers in the tech industry. This would build a larger workforce of American software engineers and address the shortage that we and other development companies face.
- STEM education initiatives through increased fees from H-1B visas and green cards. This addresses the short-term urgency to find high skilled workers while laying the groundwork to grow the U.S. workforce.
- Allowing small software companies to protect their intellectual property without having to fight patent trolls and speculative lawsuits.
- Ensuring that the government does not impede efforts to strengthen and expand our Internet infrastructure so consumers can benefit from more reliable mobile and fixed data connectivity.
“It was rewarding to meet with and help educate my elected officials and others in Washington about the technology industry, so they can make informed decisions on legislation that affects the industry,” said Goldstein. “It is my hope that Congress will help companies, like mine, continue to flourish.”