Let Politicians Know That Startup Jobs Count Too

from the but-politicians-ignore-us dept

A month ago, I wrote about the paradox of job creation when it comes to politicians. These days, they all just love to talk about how they're creating jobs. After all, the news today is all about President Obama's big new "jobs plan." But, as we've noted, such plans can be tricky. The easiest way for government officials to "create" jobs is just to make work. There can be some infrastructure projects that lead to future job growth, but it's way too easy to get sucked into creating jobs by shifting productive uses to unproductive uses. And, in fact, often the best ways to create real jobs -- through disruptive innovation -- have the horrible first act of killing off jobs. As an example, moving from a telephone network where human operators handled all the switching to one where there was automatic switching could be seen as destroying the jobs of thousands of operators. But it also paved the way to millions of new jobs, once the power of an automatic switched network was realized.

Similarly, when there were plans for "job creation" through investing in broadband, we noticed that most of the plans seemed to really be about handing money to big companies, often at the expense of the small startups and next generation of internet companies who actually create sustainable job growth. As was discussed in the recent letter from entrepreneurs to Congress about PROTECT IP, new businesses and startups are really a key in creating jobs.

So it's great to see that Chris Shipley (who was among those who participated in the PROTECT IP letter) has created a wonderful new site called StartupJobsCount.org, where she's trying to help show that when we're talking about job creation, startups and entrepreneurs should not be left out of the equation. She's asking entrepreneurs to step up and say how many jobs they've created in the last five years:
Entrepreneurs are the engine for economic growth and jobs creation. Virtually all of the growth in U.S. jobs has been driven by companies that are less than 5 years old.

Now, itís time to put some real numbers behind the conventional wisdom! If your company is less than 5 years old and is employing one or more people, stand up and be counted
If you're an entrepreneur, I urge you to stand up and be counted.

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    Anonymous Coward, 10 Sep 2011 @ 6:30am

    Pretty much every "job creation" scheme is indistinguishable from the HTFE, the "Holes Theory of Full Employment." Hire half the unemployed to dig holes and hire the other half to fill them up. Nothing useful gets done, but everyone has a job.

    Whenever you hear of one of these schemes, compare it to the above. How much actual value gets left behind after the cash is handed out? If the answer is "nothing" then you just have another variation of the HTFE.

    And in that case, why dig the holes at all? Just dump the money out of an airplane and achieve the same effect. The roads don't get clogged up with extra commuters and nobody gets a blister.

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