In President Obama’s inaugural Fireside Hangout on Google+, he faced the public and answered a bevy of questions along a wide range of topics, including immigration, gun violence, and even technology.
One of the five Americans selected to speak with the President happened to be Limor Fried, an entrepreneur and CEO of Adafruit, an electronics manufacturing and education company in New York City. What was interesting was the topic of her questions, specifically relating to entrepreneurship, patent reform, and computer programming in schools.
I got super excited when I saw Limor on the Hangout… I had just been planning on tuning in anyway, but her appearance was a pleasant surprise. Unfortunately, like many of these publicity end up being, it was just a lip service festival for the President. It’s too bad though, all of the participants in the Hangout were so passionate about their questions.
And I agree completely with Limor about patents. As they lie, they’re an archaic concept in desperate need of a tech-focused update.