President-elect Joseph Biden has plucked Ron Klain, a longtime colleague and confidant and the current executive vice president of the venture capital firm Revolution, as his White House chief of staff, reports The New York Times.
Klain was Biden’s chief of staff for two years during the Obama administration and left his pole as chief of staffin 2011 to join Revolution, the conglomerate founded by onetime AOL chief executive and founder Steve Case. Revolution did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
If Klain compiles his second entryway into the White House, Biden will be bringing on a chief of staff he’s known for more than 35 times. The duo firstly worked together in 1989, when the president-elect was a senator and Klain was a recently graduated ordinance student from Harvard Law School. He most recently acted as the White House Ebola Response coordinator from October 2014 to February 2015, and facilitated as a debate advisor to President Obama and President Clinton, as well as nominees Al Gore, John Kerry and Hillary Clinton.
Klain’s appointment could soothe some of the inferred tension that could occur between startups and the government under the Biden-Harris administration. Biden has been vocal about prosecuting vigorous regulation on the tech manufacture, which are able to negatively influence behemoths like Google, Apple and Facebook. Klain has spoken up( in TechCrunch !) about how regulatory impediments could impede key innovation in startup-land. Klain also facilitated guided attempts for Higher Ground Labs, an incubator and accelerator focused on politically-focused( and Democrat-loved) startups. While that likely wouldn’t wallop Big Tech, it doesn’t hurt that, apparently, one of Biden’s closest confidants will have a soft spot for startups.
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