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Greg Farmer
Washington, DC
Government Affairs Consultant who specializes in Economic Development, Political Affairs and High Tech.
Interests: I'm interested in: Technology, Politics, Music
Recent Activity
It's been a while since I updated you on some tunes and script that have left a good impression on me. So without further adieu, please consider these recommendations, and let me know what you think! Sounds Good: Tom Petty Hypnotic Eye Beck Morning Phase Coldplay Ghost Stories Brandi Clark... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at Into the Breach
My Musical Picks for 2013 (You need to check them out) Gary Clark Jr Jr. Black & Blu Vampire Weekend Modern Vampires in the City Arctic Monkeys AM Brandy Clark 12 Stories Joe Bonamassa Acoustic Evening at the Vienna Opera House Jake Bugg Jake Bugg Brandon Flowers Flamingo John Fogerty... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2013 at Into the Breach
So the song goes, it was twenty years ago today and Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play.... While I was recently going through the vault of collectibles, I came across an issue of the Florida Magazine from the Orlando Sentinel. The cover story and article by John Van Gieson,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2013 at Into the Breach
The District of Columbia Council - or I should say 8 members - obviously believe residents of Ward 7 don't need new job opportunities, or places to shop. National labor unions do not like Wal-Mart and other non-unionized companies, and have waged a campaign to disrupt their operations. Unlike in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2013 at Into the Breach
The other day I shared my thoughts on the threat staggering college debt will have on our next generation of innovators, on our ability to compete competitively globally and on our economy. Your feedback was most appreciated. Several of you asked about what specifically our educational system is doing to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2013 at Into the Breach
Along with March Madness, comes the annual ritual of college acceptance letters arriving in mailboxes everywhere. The excitement of admission or the frustration of not, is shared by both student and parent. What also is typically shared is the reality of paying for that college experience. In case you’re not... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2013 at Into the Breach
Amidst the ongoing debate about how to fix our <insert your term here: economy, country, political system, etc.) comes an interesting report about the lottery of life. The map that you see here (from the report) is from a unit of The Economist, which just so happens to be one... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2013 at Into the Breach
I can hardly believe it's been almost an entire year since I last shared my thoughts on the best new music with you. While 2012 was a busy year in politics it was also a year for some new groups (and a few not -so- new ones) to produce some... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2012 at Into the Breach
As I’ve previously discussed, mobile innovation is, and will continue to be, a major force in our new economy. Further documentation of the impact of mobility on global competitiveness has arrived in the form of a nice, short, and very informative media presentation from the Economist. I wanted to share... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2012 at Into the Breach
With the 2012 election behind us I believe that we are in a unique position to make American Innovation the key driver in restoring our competitiveness, economy and spirit. There is optimism about the future that we can either seize upon or ignore, but we cannot deny. This election was... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2012 at Into the Breach
This week Time hit the streets with a special issue that focuses on "The Wireless Issue, 10 Ways Your Phone is Changing the World". I have to say this is a terrific commentary on all things mobile and it is full of great reporting on how the mobile revolution is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2012 at Into the Breach
There’s been a good bit of press lately on Obama’s emphasis on restoring the U.S. manufacturing sector. While much of the conversation surrounds the politics of the campaign, the issue is very real and I’ve written frequently about it here on Innovation Avenue. But what hasn’t gotten as much attention... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2012 at Into the Breach
As both an Uncle and family friend, I sometimes have the chance to weigh in on collegiate matters. Obviously it’s ultimately up to the individual on what decision they’ll make, yet I hope that my insights may help them come to the best conclusions. That’s why I thought a recent... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2012 at Into the Breach
Two great things in one package have just arrived; the first ever USA tourism campaign and a new song by Roseanne Cash. While the former has the very real potential to create more American jobs, the latter is music to my ears (yes, pun intended). Those who know me, know... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2012 at Into the Breach
This Thursday April 19 the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) will be holding its latest event to move the conversation on innovation and competitiveness forward. Like the events that I’ve worked with them on in the past, they’re bringing a group of very important players to spell out exactly... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2012 at Into the Breach
In a very busy week, I almost forgot to share news of a terrific edition of the Kojo Nnamdi show. His weekly “Tech Tuesday” show was all about Mobile Money and its impact on the way we buy things. Kojo and his guests for the program, which included Joseph Bailey... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2012 at Into the Breach
This Wednesday (March 21, 2012) I’ll be at the Center for Public Policy Innovation (CPPI) meeting on Restoring U.S. Competitiveness: The Impact of Policy on Strategic Planning & Global Investment. The event will feature 3 Chief Financial Officers representing several of the leading high tech companies in the country. I'm... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2012 at Into the Breach
While news of the U.S. economic recovery is promising, there remain many questions and challenges to restoring our global competitiveness. On March 21st the Center for Public Policy Innovation (CPPI) will feature three of the leading Chief Financial Officers of what I think are the most exciting IT companies for... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2012 at Into the Breach
It’s not surprising to me that one of the big stories out of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week is that the competition in the Mobile Wallet arena or ‘cashless economy’ is heating up. In his U.S. Today article, Ed Baig shares what the leaders, like PayPal, Google... Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2012 at Into the Breach
Are you wondering why I’m writing a blog post about taxes? No, it’s not April 15th yet, but the latest creative video from the Technology CEO Council and the Tax Foundation is really a GOOD reason to be talking about taxes. This week they released the latest video in their... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2012 at Into the Breach
The Center for Public Policy Innovation (CPPI) has just released its most recent report on restoring U.S. competitiveness, Creating Jobs and Unleashing the Potential of Small Businesses through Technology and Innovation. CPPI has launched the multipart series Restoring U.S. Competitiveness as an ongoing set of public policy forums to bring... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2012 at Into the Breach
Tomorrow, like many Americans (and others around the globe), I’ll be watching the Super Bowl on TV. Adding to the experience, the commercials are always a fun part of the day. In the mix this year will be a new public service announcement from our friends at the Kauffman Foundation.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2012 at Into the Breach
A new video from the Tax Foundation does a good job of explaining what happens to U.S. companies who do business abroad. The video , about 2-minutes long, uses a visual approach to show how our businesses are operating at a disadvantage in comparison with other international companies. The concept... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2012 at Into the Breach
I recently came across this terrific chart that explains the technology inside smart phones. It reminded me just how pervasive mobile technology has become, and how the vast majority of us really don't know how it works, but just that it does. So in the spirit of helping to demystify... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2012 at Into the Breach
As candidates work to get their messages in front of voters this year, how they plan to address the economy will be a hot topic. As we know, talk during a campaign doesn’t mean immediate action, but it does serve a very important purpose of informing the public. The more... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2012 at Into the Breach