Jeff Farrah is Vice President of Government Affairs for the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), where he advocates before Congress, the White House, and administrative agencies for pro-entrepreneurship policies. Jeff concurrently serves as Treasurer of VenturePAC, the political action committee of NVCA. Prior to joining NVCA, Jeff was Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation where he advised Chairman John Thune (R-SD) and Republican members of the committee on technology, communications, and Internet policy. Previously, Jeff served as General Counsel to U.S. Senator Scott Brown (R-MA), advising on international trade, telecommunications, intellectual property, and technology. During the 2012 presidential election, Jeff was a member of Governor Romney’s Trade Policy Advisory Committee. Prior to the Senate, Jeff was an attorney at a leading Washington, DC law firm for international trade matters. His trade law experience includes World Trade Organization Dispute Settlement and trade remedies cases before U.S. agencies. In 2010, Jeff’s article on non-tariff barriers to trade was published in the Global Trade and Customs Journal. A native of southern California, Jeff earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his Juris Doctor from Seattle University School of Law. Jeff was a Visiting Student at Georgetown University Law Center.
Technology-based startups are key drivers of America’s economic growth because they make outsized contributions to employment, innovation, and productivity. Unfortunately, policymakers tend to focus indiscriminately on helping small business startups without specifically targeting technology-based startups that have high growth potential. How can policymakers support the formation and success of new technology firms at the national and local level?