I hope this message gets through to the Obama people - Bill Joy would be an amazingly good pick for the newly created CTO cabinet post. A grand slam to the upper deck. You can count the people with as a good a track record in technology on one hand.
The next question from the president-elect was what single policy issue he could focus on that would most help entrepreneurs.
“The most important thing he’s got to do is kick-start a huge amount of research and innovation in energy,” said Mr. Doerr, who backed Google and Amazon.com and has invested heavily in clean energy technology for the last few years.
The nation now invests less than $1 billion a year in renewable energy versus $32 billion a year in health care, Mr. Doerr said. “I think we’ve just scratched the surface in terms of clean ways to use energy, to produce energy. It’s the challenge of our generation.”
How to do that? Double the number of engineers who graduate from American universities each year to 60,000, Mr. Doerr said. Bring more women into the field, and encourage foreigners who study engineering here to stay here.
“What we do is bring foreign nationals to the world’s greatest universities. We train them, invest in them and make them go home,” he said. “What kind of national strategy is that? So I would staple a green card to the diploma.”