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What do entrepreneurs think about government? Friend or Enemy?

I am working on a presentation for SXSW and need input from entrepreneurs on what is the first thing that comes to mind when you think about government and your startup. One word or short phrases are preferred. Thanks!

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Rob Gropper
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Rob Gropper Entrepreneur
Director at PetHero, SPC - Member at Eastside Incubator - Principal at Tuxedo Technologies Group
neutral (neither friend nor enemy), but also slow, bloated, inefficient...avoid when possible.
Bettina Bennett
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Bettina Bennett Entrepreneur
CEO @whichbox® // We help you make people fall in love with your brand ... Forever! // Storytelling + Crowdsourced UGC
detached from reality
Robert Eberhart
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Robert Eberhart Entrepreneur
Assistant Professor at Santa Clara University
Government is an enabler or a hinderance, not friend or enemy. There are no markets without government, and we found our companies where there is good public infrastructure. Government can be a customer and a supplier. It is a straw man to say that government is inefficient. Of course it is, it is supposed to interfere when the public interest demands interference.
Lloyd Taylor
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Lloyd Taylor Advisor
Healthcare Technology Executive and Entrepreneur
Neither. Entrepreneurs just think more quickly.
Jan Kiderman
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Jan Kiderman Advisor
Professional
Licensing, municipal, state and federal level regulatory hurdles and compliance. And, if government is a potential client; navigating the bureaucratic maze, to get the truly relevant stakeholders to buy in. Few startups and entrepreneurs understand the intricacies and nuances of this space. Good Luck!
David Houghton
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David Houghton Entrepreneur
From IT to IoT - Driving strategy, execution and organizational growth through enterprise sales, BD and team building
"Good Morning, Department of Sales Prevention, may I help you?"
Bryan Nowak
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Bryan Nowak Entrepreneur
Managing Director at SouthWind Capital Partners, LLC
Government Funding Arika?
Tim Scott
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Tim Scott Entrepreneur • Advisor
President, Lunaverse Software
Beware of befriending government. Businesses appeal to the state or all kinds of protection and favor, and they reap benefits. It's a myth that big business hates regulation. Most often their own lobbyists write the regs to fend off innovators. It's called "regulatory capture" and can work really well for a long time. But the sword cuts both ways. Just ask taxi franchisees the world over.
Tom Harris
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Tom Harris Advisor
Business Coach, Speaker, Author
obstacle, impediment to progress,unnecessary interference
Sarosh Kumana
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Sarosh Kumana Advisor
CEO, Junglee
Rules, red tape, gotcha technical/administrative regulations, blood pressure Sarosh D. Kumana T: +1 [removed to protect privacy] C1: +1 [removed to protect privacy] C2: +1 [removed to protect privacy]
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