Washington Makes An Appeal To New York Tech Entrepreneurs

April Joyner | Inc. | October 10, 2012

Todd Park, the chief technology officer of the U.S., sought to prove at the New York Tech Meetup that, yes, the White House is becoming more tech savvy. The U.S. government and tech start-ups haven't always gotten along over the past couple of decades. At Tuesday evening's New York Tech Meetup, U.S. chief technology officer Todd Park laid out the Obama administration's plans to change that.

Park is no stranger to the tech scene. Before heading to Washington, he co-founded two health IT companies, athenahealth and CastLight Health. In 2009, he was appointed the CTO of the Department of Health and Human Services. He became U.S. CTO in March, after his predecessor, Aneesh Chopra, stepped down. Believe it or not, Park told the audience at the Tech Meetup, he finds his time in Washington even more stimulating than helming two start-ups.

"The most exciting and entrepreneurial experience I've ever had has been working in the U.S. government for the past three years," he said. "I've been functioning as a tech entrepreneur-in-residence inside the government."...