Tech Industry Leaders Discuss Job Creation
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A group of leading tech stars met this week to discuss job creation. The meeting was held by the White House Council of Jobs and Competitiveness. According to an article from Mercury News, the forum focused on three main challenges: fostering the creation of new startups across the country, bringing the world's brightest individuals to the United States and keeping them here, and improving the education system, with an emphasis on getting young Americans interested in engineering and the sciences.
On hand were council members John Doerr, a venture capitalist; Sheryl Sandberg, chief of operations at Facebook; and Steve Case, co-founder of AOL and chairman and CEO of Revolution. Also attending were Netflix(NFLX).
Doerr said that the valley's spirit, as much as its technology, is a key to success. "This entrepreneurial, high growth, 'I know no bounds' attitude, together with a great university and risk capital are a uniquely American asset," Doerr said. "It's something America has more than any other country in the world."
Because of that, examples of tech job creation are "everywhere we turn," he said. Local deal sites drive more than a billion dollars of new commerce into mainstream America, and companies are creating new ways of doing work here that is now sent offshore, Doerr said.