This news made me smile a mile wide

Fred Wilson · January 13, 2009 · Short URL:

Venture capitalist Julius Genachowski nominated to head the FCC


That's an image, sorry about that, here's the link to the WSJ story, but I wanted you all to see how I heard the news.

 This is so great on so many levels. Let's start with the first reason. The new head of the FCC reads this blog. He's heard me talk about the issues he'll now make policy on. And he's heard your views on those issues.

Here's the second reason. He's a venture capitalist, at least that's what he's been doing for the past couple years.

Here's the third reason. He's an internet executive, at least that's what he did for most of this decade when he helped Barry Diller assemble and build IAC.

Here's the fourth reason. He's the guy who talked me into meeting Barack Obama back in 2007 and ultimately supporting Obama. He went to law school with Barack and has known him for 20 years.

Here's the fifth reason. He's not new to the FCC, having worked there during the Clinton administration.

Here's the sixth reason. He knows his way around Washington. Before the FCC, he clerked for Brennan and Souter on the Supreme Court.

Here's the seventh reason. He's smart as shit. I suppose you didn't need me to tell you that given his resume.

Here's the eigth reason. He's right on all the issues. But don't take it from me, here's a snippet from the WSJ piece:

During the campaign, Mr. Genachowski served as the top technology adviser to Mr. Obama, putting together a detailed technology and innovation plan that expressed support for open Internet or "net neutrality" protections; media-ownership rules that encourage more diversity; and expansion of affordable broadband access across the country.

Here's the ninth reason. He's one of us (I guess you didn't need me to tell you that either). He's even got a Wikipedia entry.

Here's the tenth and final reason. He's a super nice, decent, honest guy.

This news, while not unexpected, made my day and made me smile a mile wide. A friend of tech and the Internet and the startup ecosystem running the FCC. Just think about that and smile with me.

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