It’s Time for Startups to Reboot America

October 15, 2012

1:01 pm

Are you a startup with a killer plan to reinvent education, health, energy, politics, or government? Then the Reboot America Summit on November 8 and 9 in Washington, DC, will provide you with an incredible opportunity to connect with potential partners, investors, and national leaders.

Reboot America is a national movement focusing America’s leading corporations and emerging startups on innovative solutions to our country’s greatest challenges. Why? Because the capacity of our entrepreneurs to drive breathtaking innovation has been proven time and time again.

Over the past decade, our lives as consumers have changed in almost inconceivable ways because of groundbreaking startup innovation. Just think about how different life was back in 2002 – Google was a small startup with a nifty search algorithm but had no idea how to make money. Steve Jobs was saving Apple with candy-colored notebook computers. Wikipedia had a handful of entries. Mark Zuckerberg was a 17-year old coding prodigy. You couldn’t follow information around the globe in real time with Twitter. You were tethered to your living room sofa and the networks’ schedules because there was no Netflix or Hulu. Amazon.com was a place some people went to buy books online and had dismal prospects for success.

Now these are the companies that dominate our world. They enable us to connect to people and information anytime, anywhere. They disrupted the traditional relationship between producers and consumers and we are each infinitely more powerful as individuals because of them.

In the next decade, entrepreneurs must focus on reinventing our lives as citizens.

Just as startups focused on our consumer-driven lives in the last decade, startup innovation must focus on improving our lives as citizens in the next decade. Our public challenges keep growing by the day, from our public debt crisis to our under-performing education system, and solutions to these crises are essential to our country’s future success.

It is time to rethink and reinvent how we educate our children, how we manage our health, how we produce and consume energy in a sustainable way, how we elect our leaders and hold them accountable to our needs as citizens, and how government can provide cost-effective solutions that provide for our national welfare and security.

Startups meeting this imperative need what every startup needs: talent, mentorship, capital, partnerships, and buzz. But they also need domain expertise in these complex and regulated fields and connections to the corporations and policymakers that can help them scale their ideas. The Reboot America Summit brings all these groups together for two engaging days as part of DCWEEK.

The Summit is underwritten by Verizon and Microsoft and produced in partnership with the Startup America Partnership and the NYSE Big Startup. If you are interested in getting on stage, then apply to pitch at the Summit. Otherwise, make plans to attend the Summit and start building new connections.

Tech Cocktail is a co-producer of DCWEEK along with iStrategyLabs. Get your tickets here.

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Evan Burfield is passionately committed to turning the D.C. region into the center of entrepreneurial efforts to reinvent America. A serial entrepreneur, Evan is the chairman of Startup DC, the chairman and founder of Synteractive, the chairman and co-founder of Hallway.co, and a mentor with The Fort. Follow Evan at @eburfield

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