Innovation for Jobs

Innovation for Jobs

i4j Menlo Park: Richard Allan Horning

“What I’m talking about is…the discouraging of people who have talent, who have industry, who can create wealth, who can create jobs from coming here.”

Richard Allan Horning, Attorney at ReedSmith specializing in Technology and Internet law

  • America has been and is a hub for foreign entrepreneurs
  • America’s immigration and education policies are create barriers for foreign entrepreneurs
    • Foreign students in the US are required to leave once they have completed their education
    • Obtaining work visas is difficult
    • Consequently foreign entrepreneurs are discourage by these Policies
  • Foreign Entrepreneurs could potentially grow their industry in the US and eventually create subsidiaries in their homeland – global job generation

#Immigration #Education #ForeignEntrepeneurs

Summary by Darius Mianji

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David Nordfors

David Nordfors is CEO and co-founder of IIIJ and the chair of the i4j Summit. He was previously co-founder and Executive Director of the Center for Innovation and Communication at Stanford University. He was one of the World Economic Forum Innovation 100 in 2009, and has served on WEF Global Agenda Councils. He serves on advisory boards of the Poynter Institute, Discern Investment Analytics and Black & Veatch. He is an adjunct professor at IDC Herzliya in Israel, a visiting professor at Tallinn University, the Tecnologico de Monterrey, and the Deutsche Welle Akademie. He was advisor to the Director General at VINNOVA, the Swedish Agency for Innovation Systems, where he co-initiated the national Swedish Incubator System and set up a bi-national R&D fund between Sweden and Israel for mobile applications. He was Director of Research Funding of the Knowledge Foundation, KK-stiftelsen, administering an endowment of $300MUSD, building a funding framework underwriting over a hundred innovation initiatives between universities and industry. He initiated and headed the first hearing about the Internet to be held by the Swedish Parliament. He has a Ph.D. in physics from the Uppsala University and did his postdoc in Theoretical Chemistry in Heidelberg, Germany.