2015 Schedule
Interactive: March 13–17  •  Film: March 13–21  •  Music: March 17–22

Friend or Foe? How Government Impacts Startups

Sunday, March 15
9:30AM - 10:30AM

Hilton Austin Downtown
Salon E
500 E 4th St

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 ar...

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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 d...

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Veronica O'Connell

VP Govt & Political Affairs

Consumer Electronics Assoiciation

Virginia Lam

SVP Communications & Government Rel

Aereo Inc

Virginia Lam Abrams is Senior Vice President of Communications and Government Relations at Aereo, where she is responsible for guiding all external affairs for the New York-based start-up. A govern...

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Will Hurd


U.S House Of Representatives


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