Sixteen somewhat-less obvious ideas for how to expand the number of “unicorn” great tech startups over time — per query by @trengriffin:
- More Montessori and Montessori-style, free-form, and/or project-based K-8 public and private schools.
- Entrepreneurship magnet/charter schools — specifically designed to produce enterpreneurs, vs cogs in the industrial machine.
- Significantly expanded summer tech, science, math, entrepreneurship programs/camps for grades 5-12.
- Significantly expanded internship programs at tech companies of all sizes for both high school and college students.
- More interdisciplinary college programs — particularly engineering + business, and liberal arts + engineering.
- Comprehensive inclusion programs for underrepresented groups for each of the preceding five ideas.
- More public research universities should pursue the Stanford/Berkeley mentality/model; also, repeal Bayh-Dole.
- Comprehensive legal and regulatory reform to open access to federally-funded research; also, pass Aaron’s Law.
- Reform, or better yet eliminate, software and business method patents. Redefine patent trolling as a form of felony extortion.
- Fully portable economy-wide benefits, including health care, retirement savings, and immigration status.
- Eliminate tax credits for home ownership, and implement tax credits for renters.
- Implement tax credits for child care services for working parents.
- “Opt in” innovation zones with regulatory relief for various categories of new technology.
- More long-lockup capital at all levels of corporate capital structure.
- Eliminate tax credits for corporate debt, and implement tax credits for corporate equity.
- Zero capital gains tax for equity held for 5+ years, paid for by higher capital gains tax for equity held for <2 years.