05 Aug The American Dream, Under Construction Since 1776
Today at the White House’s first Demo Day, President Barack Obama, the nation’s first black president, spoke with various startups about their founding stories. This comes a little over a month after SCOTUS legalized same-sex marriage across the nation. Progress is underway, undoubtedly.
As part of the Demo Day, 90 entrepreneurs from over 30 different companies had a chance to share their entrepreneurial story. But, this wasn’t a typical Silicon Valley Demo Day where startup founders got up on stage and pitched to an audience full of press and potential investors. Instead, the “Demo Day” went down in some random hallway in the West Wing, where U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith and FUBU Founder and CEO Daymond John had short, five-minute conversations with the founders. There were anywhere between 1,400 to 1,500 people watching the livestream at any one time. I guess that’s better than nothing.