– Path hit with $800,000 fine by FTC for COPPA violation
– Startup Visa Act reintroduced
– Immigration Hearings to begin 2/5 in House, 2/13 in Senate
– Parsing the President’s Startup Visa shoutout
– Rep. Goodlatte and the House Judiciary Committee
– Sen. Schumer and the Senate Judiciary Committee
Path v. FTC: The $800,000 whale
Path was found to have not gotten parental permission for their product, which was being used by kids under 13; the relevant law being COPPA (PolitiHacks Digest #1). If you’re a consumer startup, be careful!
Micah Schaffer works with startups on these issues.
Creating a Startup Visa would be a huge fix for founders, but this bill should be treated more like a press release until more support is obtained. There is no viable path forward in the Committee structure (PolitiHacks glossary).
I predict the bill to be ignored in the larger Comprehensive Immigration Reform debate(PolitiHacks Digest #1)
Support it, but don’t hold your breath. Signal to look for: Judiciary Committee Hearing
Dr. Wadhwa will advocate for a range of reforms, including Startup Visa, STEM Green Cards, and fixes to the H1-B program. This testimony will be public on Tuesday.
These hearings will define the possible policy space (PolitiHacks glossary) for writing a bill.
Unless we convert that Presidential support to support in the Senate, we’re going to be ignored, to provide some context to Fred Wilson’s post. Our problem is not opposition; it is apathy towards our community.
Oversees issues like IP and immigration. The key players are:
- The Committee Chair Rep. Bob Goodlatte (father of former FB designer Bobby Goodlatte)
- ‘Queen of the Internet’ Rep. Zoe Lofgren
- ‘Held up SOPA markup’ Rep. Jason Chaffetz
Remember: SOPA died in the Judiciary committee.
- The Committee Chair Sen. Patrick Leahy
- Immigration Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer
- ‘STAPLE a Green Card sponsor’ Sen. Jeff Flake