Josh Mendelsohn, Tech Startups’ Washington Lobbyist

The interests of Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C., are separated by a lot more than a six-hour flight. A year ago, Josh Mendelsohn decided to change that by co-founding Engine Advocacy, a group representing technology startups. “Legislation that’s bad for startups pops up without any consideration that it’s bad for startups,” says 29-year-old Mendelsohn, who began his career at Google. “Startups aren’t on the map yet, so Washington doesn’t think about them.”

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