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Mark Cuban‘s blog is always a good read. He doesn’t hold back on opinions, and often times he nails it. As I was working through my RSS feeds, I came across Cuban’s latest post. His point is spot on. The “who’s who” that the President-Elect has brought together to build an economic plan has a missing person, the entrepreneur:
Notice anything missing ?
Not a single entrepreneur. Yes Warren Buffett started a business, but he will be the first to tell you that he “doesn’t do start ups”. Which means there isn’t a single person advising PE Obama that we know of that knows that its like to start and run a business in this or any economic climate. That’s a huge problem.
If we are going to solve our current economic problems, our President needs to get first hand information on the impact his proposed policies will have on real Joe the Plumbers. People who are 1 person companies living job to job, hoping they get paid on time. We need to know what the impact of his policies will be on the individually owned Chrysler Dealership in Iowa. The bodego in Manhattan. The mobile phone software startup out of Carnegie Mellon. The event planner in Dallas. The barbershop in LA. The restaurant in Boston.
There is no doubt that those who have established themselves in their respective fields can offer important advice, but I think Cuban is absolutely correct in asking for strong representation from those that are on the way to doing good things. It’s the later group that will truly shape the future.