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

Innovation, Meet Regulation: A Tri-Sector Approach

Tuesday, March 17
12:30PM - 1:30PM

Hilton Austin Downtown
Salon K
500 E 4th St


Startups increasingly must tangle with federal and local regulators in order to see their innovations take root and scale to a meaningful degree. Lyft and Airbnb are prime examples of this emerging trend.

This trend will continue as industries that are ripe for disruption – healthcare, education, transportation and energy – all ooze with regulations. Technological changes are happening at a rapid pace, but lawmakers struggle to keep up. If America is going to remain the global innovation leader, what are the best practices that entrepreneurs, citizens, and regulators must adopt?

Our panel will strive to take a tri-sector approach to facilitating an interactive dialogue around the challenge of innovation amidst regulation. We will bring together stakeholders from .com (Washington Post, Founder's Fund) to .gov (White House / National Economic Council) to .edu (Minerva) to spotlight diverse perspectives around this complex topic.


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Matthew McFarland

Editor - Innovations

The Washington Post

Matt McFarland is the editor of the Innovations section at the Washington Post, where he writes about the people, ideas and companies that are changing the world.

Matt has been at the Washington P...

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Ryan Burke

Policy Advisor

White House/National Economic Council

Katherine Burke is a Policy Advisor in the National Economic Council at the White House. She was formerly the Director of Jobs and Workforce at the Hope Street Group and was also a consultant at Mc...

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Trae Stephens


Founder's Fund

Trae Stephens is a Principal at Founders Fund, where he focuses on startups operating in the government space.

Previously, Trae was an early employee at Palantir Technologies, where he led teams f...

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Z. Michael Wang

Dir Student Experience & Community Engagement

Minerva Project

Mike is the Director of Student Experience & Community Engagement at Minerva, helping to build an accredited four-year undergraduate liberal arts degree from the ground up. His role at Minerva is t...

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