Entrepreneurship · Startups

Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump... Which candidate will have a bigger impact for entrepreneurs?

Anonymous

August 29th, 2016

With the elections around the corner, I am wondering if you all have some thoughts on this topic. I am wondering which candidate will be a better fit to continue driving innovation in the US. Very much looking forward to a healthy discussion.

Shalini PMP YOUR Project, Program, Change initiative, Business Operations and Strategy Manager.

August 29th, 2016

While it's an interesting question and the responses will no doubt be quite interesting to read- Would you care to illuminate the reason you posted this as anonymous. Those responding to your post are posting under their userids, so far- wouldn't it be fair to them to know who you are, as well? I personally don't feel comfortable sharing my political leanings on an anonymous post, just my 5c :-) 

Steve Owens

August 29th, 2016

Gary Johnson would be best for entrepreneurs and everyone for that matter. Business friendly, fiscally conservative, socially inclusive is what we need. He was the former governor of New Mexico and his VP is the former governor of Mass. They did a great job with those states and they will do great with the whole country. The only problem is that the press is ignoring him.

Stephen PMP Project Management Professional

August 29th, 2016

Clinton.  Period.  Who in their right mind would trust Trump to do anything he promised to do, even if his position was better for entrepreneurship?  I can trust him to backpedal on his word, however. 

Irwin Stein Very experienced (40 years) corporate,securities and real estate attorney.

August 29th, 2016

Democrats traditionally spend more money which is good for business in general. Reducing taxes on the wealthy has not been shown to actually help business or create jobs just increase the deficit and income inequality. Trump is a bigot in any event. Common decency will preclude me from even considering to vote for him.

Rocklin Behringer owner at The Rocklin Group

August 29th, 2016

isn't this the type of thing for Facebook...don't you have anything better to do

Tanuja Paruchuri Founder & CEO at Love Bites by Tanuja, CHHC, AADP

August 29th, 2016

I will personally be voting for Gary Johnson. He is the Libertarian candidate for President and quite frankly, I think he's the only one with the smarts and the chops for the job. I think he'll be the best for entrepreneurs as he's a strong proponent of lowering taxes and making it easier to enter the marketplace as an entrepreneur.

Sidney Sclar SID the SECURITY PRO at sidthesecuritypro.com

August 29th, 2016

Donald Trump has for profit business interest. Hillary Clinton does not have for profit business interest.  Both have non profit interest.

Tom Giannone Managing Principal, Cresa

August 29th, 2016

The market hates uncertainty, both nationally and internationally.  Whether you like him or not and whether he will help or exasperate the conditions is unknown.  I would be concerned that the markets will cease until the smoke clears IF he wins.  Hillary is much safer bet for the status quo!

Dimitry Rotstein Founder at Miranor

August 29th, 2016

The question is too generic to answer. Impact in what sense, exactly? In particular, for better or worse?
For example, some claim that having a President Trump increases the chances of a nuclear war. Suppose it does. Would that have an impact on entrepreneurs? I suppose it would, but how exactly? Would it make entrepreneurship more difficult because all your prospective clients are dead and money is meaningless, or would rebuilding the world from ashes provide an enormous opportunity for innovation (plus, all your competitors would be dead)? Who can say.

Peter Kestenbaum Advisor, Investor, Mentor to Emerging firms

August 29th, 2016

It is probably a mute discussion.. I would be shocked if this election comes out any different than the current pole suggestions... Impact for startup, not necessarily emerging firms, is much more likely to be influenced by local (state) initiatives.. for example enterprise zones ( for example in NY if you reside in certain designated startup areas or accelerator locations you pay no state tax )- the largest potential impacts I see on the table is how "carry" is treated on taxation but whether or not that will trickle down to impact a founder looking for 500 or 1M dollars is not clear.. Another potential impact are some of the regulations around crowd funding and/or securities treatment for small firms... again not all sure how much of an impact that will have. I am a great believer in unintended consequences. For example when SOX regulations were passed for making sure larger firms had the right type of audits to protect the public after the Enron frauds no one expected that making public company subject to a SOX audit would mean that smaller software firms ( 10-20-50M ) would make IPOs far less attractive and hence the alternative (M&A) much more popular... Less expensive college and the potential for education for kids to become programmers is another one that might have unintended consequences. If some of our youth can get to less expensive training environments and come out semi proficient programmers that would be great. Some of the programs, like the ones in NY (Flatiron comes to mind) to generate software programmers are great but their breadth is narrow. Changing college funding models might make an impact on programs in schools. Kids do not want to sit at a desk for 4 years but an intensive one year we can make you a programmer college program might work and have a broader appeal and breadth. We can all sit around and due mental contortions about the policies of our candidates but dollars to donuts it some unintended consequence that will impact the most..