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Sunday, March 15 • 9:30am - 10:30am
Friend or Foe? How Government Impacts Startups

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Sometimes it feels like all Congress is working against innovation. The regulatory burden is too high, the system is too complex, the players are too entrenched, Washington is too slow. We're here to tell you, despite the obstacles, Congress does want to help startups and innovators. This session with feature three people who have seen all of the pitfalls of government and learned valuable lessons, including including Congressman Will Hurd who served as an undercover CIA officer before advising cybersecurity firms in the private sector. Currently, Congressman Hurd serves as the Chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Information Technology which has jurisdiction over a number of tech issues.
Veronica O'Connell works for Washington's biggest tech association and fights regulatory obstacles. Virginia Lam has fought the government for startups and young businesses on behalf of Aereo. The panel will arm you with valuable information about what to watch out for as a startup looking to disrupt government policies.

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Will Hurd

Congressman, U.S House Of Representatives
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Virginia Lam

Senior Vice President, Communications & Government Relations, Aereo Inc
Virginia Lam is an experienced and season communications and public affairs executive with more than 15 years experience working in technology, media and politics. Most recently, Virginia served as Senior Vice President of Communications and Government Relations at Aereo, where she... Read More →
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Veronica O'Connell

VP Govt & Political Affairs, Consumer Electronics Assoiciation
Veronica O’Connell currently serves as Vice President, Government and Political Affairs at the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). She began her career at CEA in 2001. She is a leading advocate for the CE industry on Capitol Hill and before the administration on a wide range... Read More →

Rachel Wolbers

Legislative Dir, TwinLogic Strategies
Rachel works as the Legislative Director for TwinLogic Strategies, a bipartisan government relations firm with a reputation for political reach and unique collaboration. Founded in 2009, TLS has developed a client list that includes America’s top companies and startups in tech... Read More →

Sunday March 15, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am CDT
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon E