Steve Case Lauds President Obama, Startup America Agenda


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Steve Case, a co-founder of AOL and current Chairman and CEO of Revolution LCC, teased the business world earlier today with this tweet:

BREAKING: My statement regarding the @WhiteHouse announcement today of #StartupAmerica legislative agenda #wecandothis 20 minutes ago via bitly · powered by @socialditto

For those not familiar with it, the Startup America initiative is an agenda developed by President Obama with Case that began one year ago today. The legislation intends, as Case put it, to "make it easier for entrepreneurs to start and grow businesses," most likely through the benefit of small business tax cuts. In a statement, Case said that he believes this legislative agenda will "help to create jobs, boost our economy and ensure [the United States'] competitiveness" within the global economy.

Exactly a year ago, President Obama introduced Startup America and made a call to government officials and the private sector to support entrepreneurs working to succeed in a struggling economy:

Case's full statement is below:

“The President's proposed Startup America legislative agenda will make it easier for entrepreneurs to start and grow businesses and help us remain the world's most entrepreneurial nation. I’m thrilled to see the President follow-up on his strong pro-entrepreneur message in last week's State of the Union with this specific proposal for Congress. Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate have introduced legislation in recent months to improve access to capital, reduce regulations, and ensure we win the global battle for talent. I'm grateful that our nation's leaders are now focused on entrepreneurship and coming together in a bipartisan fashion to help entrepreneurs start and scale businesses more quickly and effectively. Quick passage of the Startup America agenda will help to create jobs, boost our economy and ensure our competitiveness. On behalf of entrepreneurs all across the country, I urge Congress to make passage of this pro-entrepreneurship legislation a top priority, and get a bill on the President's desk to be signed into law."

Will you be a part of Obama and Case's Startup American initiative? How will it affect your business? Share your experience in the comments below.