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Influencing the Business and Political Landscape for Entrepreneurs

Public policy is one of the major strengths and differentiators of the Council. Members benefit in both the short term and the long term from the Council’s ability to positively influence the business and political landscape for entrepreneurs in Massachusetts.

The Council has worked closely and effectively with key Massachusetts state officials and Members of Congress for well over a decade, engaged in ongoing dialogue about the potential impact of state and federal legislation on the software and Internet industry.

Our efforts on behalf of the industry focus on:

  • Promoting the Growth of the Internet
  • Facilitating Workforce Development
  • Fostering Access to Capital
  • Protecting Intellectual Property
The Council has played a leadership role in a number of technology policy victories at both the state and federal levels. At the state level, our successes range from helping to craft the original computer crime bill…to working to ensure that schools have money for educational technology… to expanding the charter of the state's quasi-public venture capital firm. Nationally, we have had a decisive impact on such issues as H1B visas and taxation of Internet transactions. In addition, we are very active in many of the national coalitions on technology policies affecting entrepreneurs.

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