Friday, April 6, 2012
What an experience yesterday - I was so honored to join President Obama and many business and government leaders in the Rose Garden of the White House for the signing of the JOBS (Jumpstart our Business Startups) Act. This important legislation, which passed on the day we became a public company, paves the way for entrepreneurs to gain access to new capital to fuel job-creating innovation and growth.
Our friend and venture investor Kate Mitchell (Scale Venture Partners) led the IPO Task Force comprised of academics, investors and executives. ExactTarget’s Chief Administrative Officer Traci Dolan also played a role, providing her insights as we made our way through the IPO process.
Interactive marketing was front and center (literally) of yesterday’s historic event. Josh James (former Omniture CEO and founder of Domo), Matt Blumberg (CEO of ReturnPath), Victoria Ransom (CEO of Wildfire) and Rahim Fazal (Co-Founder of Involver) all attended, highlighting the important role our industry is playing in serving as a catalyst to drive economic growth.
Yesterday’s trip to the White House was a thrill for me, and it was so refreshing to see the outcome of a bi-partisan team working together to help entrepreneurs raise capital and grow their businesses. Entrepreneurship is a powerful force. With yesterday’s announcement, I hope to see more emerging companies gain access to capital, grow their teams and bring new innovations to market.