We cannot beg, shame or coerce venture capitalists into putting their money on the table in more diverse regions. But if we stay focused on building our own world-class entrepreneurial ecosystems, we won't have to. It will happen naturally.
Everyone wants to use Steve Jobs as an example for entrepreneurs and startups. But could Steve Jobs, under today's regulations, open an electronics business in his garage? Not likely.
Small businesses like mine need regulations to balance our interests against those of powerful special interests -- and there is nothing naive about that.
But alas, in the real world even the smallest business owner needs to realize that we are in a co-dependent relationship with office holders in our cities, counties, states and even at the head office in Washington, DC.
Look, I can do a great job screwing up my business on my own. I don't need any help this year. Especially from Washington.
Lawmakers continue to bang the anti-regulation drum. But what do the actual small business owners who are purportedly being crushed by regulations think? They think its hogwash.
While I do wish that the macroeconomic situation in the country wasn't making it so hard for the Startup America initiative to generate outcomes more quickly, I actually couldn't be more impressed with the speed and the implementation of the White House's program.