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  • An Opportunity to Fix Crowdfunding Before It Falters

    This post originally appeared in The Hill. On May 16, 2016, regulation crowdfunding will go into effect, meaning for the first time ever,anyone can invest in a startup through an online platform. This is big. Until Congress passed the JOBS...

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  • Startup News Digest: 5/13/2016

    Our weekly take on some of the biggest stories in startup and tech policy. Featured this week: Uber and Lyft leave Austin, Google and Oracle are back in court, the Copyright Office hosts roundtable in SF, ECPA reform may move in the Senate, and more.

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  • Calling All Accelerators: SBA Launches Growth Accelerator Fund Competition

    Do you run a growth accelerator, incubator, co-working space, shared maker-space, or other entrepreneurial ecosystem organization? If so, you might be eligible to compete for a $50,000 prize from the government. Last week, the Small Business Administration (SBA) launched its...

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  • Startup News Digest: 5/6/2016

    Our weekly take on some of the biggest stories in startup and tech policy. This week: White House exploring AI, new drone rules for students, Ellen Pao's new diversity group, more trouble for Uber, and more

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  • Why Startups Need More Unlicensed Spectrum, and How They Can Get It

    In recent months, the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) historic spectrum incentive auction has dominated telecommunications headlines. The auction, which will make as much as 126 MHz of spectrum available for licensed commercial use, has the potential to transform the mobile...

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  • Startup News Digest: 4/29/2016

    Our weekly take on some of the biggest stories in startup and tech policy. House Unanimously Passes Email Privacy Act. On Wednesday, the House passed the widely supported, broadly bipartisan Email Privacy Act by a unanimous vote of 419-0. The...

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  • Engine Statement on House Passage of the HALOS Act

    Engine applauds the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of the Helping Angels Lead Our Startups (HALOS) Act. The bill, which was approved by a wide margin of 325-89, would clarify regulatory ambiguities around general solicitation, making it easier for startups to...

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  • Engine Statement on House Passage of Email Privacy Act

    Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the widely supported, broadly bipartisan Email Privacy Act by a unanimous vote of 419-0. The bill would make long overdue updates to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) to bring our digital privacy...

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  • An Outdated Law Shouldn’t Limit Demo Days

    The pitch competition has practically become a standard rite of passage for startups, especially early-stage firms seeking investment. Yet, many pitch events may violate decades-old securities law. Congress is now considering legislation to fix this: The HALOS Act. Sponsored by Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH),...

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  • Startup News Digest: 4/22/2016

    Our weekly take on some of the biggest stories in startup and tech policy. Encryption Dominates Headlines…Again. Apple and the FBI sparred over encryption at yet another Congressional hearing on Tuesday. House Energy and Commerce Committee members heard from two...

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  • One Way Stock Options Are Hurting Businesses – And How to Fix It

    This post originally appeared in Morning Consult. Among the many challenges entrepreneurs face in launching and scaling a startup, recruiting talented employees is one of the most difficult. There’s already a shortage of tech workers in this country (there are...

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  • The Fight Against Stupid Patents

    Watch our new video on the important process the Patent Office uses to weed out the worst patents. Then join our efforts to help us fight for fair patent laws here! Lest you think Congressional failure to pass patent reform...

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  • Engine Statement on the No Rate Regulation of Broadband Internet Access Act

    Today, the House of Representatives voted 241-173 to pass the “No Rate Regulation of Broadband Internet Access.” Earlier this week, Engine joined a letter from a coalition of 49 organizations opposing the legislation. The following statement can be attributed to...

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  • Startup News Digest: 4/15/2016

    Our weekly take on some of the biggest stories in startup and tech policy. One Step Closer to Email Privacy Reform. The House Judiciary Committee approved the Email Privacy Act on Wednesday, a bill that makes much needed reforms to...

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  • Four Years of the JOBS Act: Examining Its Impact and Looking Forward

    April 5, 2016 marked the four year anniversary of the enactment of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act. While the statute is still relatively young, we have already begun to see the positive impacts that its provisions have had...

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  • The Tech Community Is Mobilizing Against the Burr-Feinstein Encryption Bill

    This post originally appeared in Re/code. When the FBI backed off of its legal request to force Apple into breaking the encryption on an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters after figuring out that — contrary to...

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  • Engine Statement on House Judiciary Committee Approval of ECPA Reform Bill

    Engine applauds the House Judiciary Committee’s action today to approve the Email Privacy Act, which makes much needed reforms to the outdated Electronic Communications and Privacy Act (ECPA) by explicitly requiring law enforcement to obtain a warrant before accessing digital...

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  • Engine Joins Letter Opposing House Rate Regulation Bill

    In the year since the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved its historic Open Internet Order, net neutrality has faced countless attacks in both the courts and Congress. Once again, the Order and the FCC’s broader authority have come under fire....

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