An independent poll of IT executives, commissioned recently by CompTIA, seemed to give a slight edge to President Barack Obama over Republican challenger Mitt Romney, on issues that are important to tech. However the winning or near winning percentage was "not sure."
For instance, when asked which candidate had tax policies that promote innovation and jobs in the U.S. IT sector, Obama got 38%, Romney 25%, and "neither/not sure," received 37%.
When asked about promoting STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education, Obama got 37%, and Romney 25%, but "neither/not sure," came in at 38%.
Education is an important issue for Faily. Her company needs people who can build systems that a restaurant's customers can use online, on mobile devices and at kiosks to place orders. This system will remember a customer's food preferences (no onions, for instance), as well as give restaurants the ability to directly market. It's working on a technology that will bring this capability to repeat walk-in customers.
Faily, who is participating in an Entrepreneurship Expo at both conventions that is being hosted by the Huffington Post, NBC, The Ford Foundation and Startup Hire, plans to talk about such issues as the need for access to capital and education support.
Faily said she is "very passionate about making the case for investment in education" for high-tech and high-skilled employees, "to make sure that we continue to invest in the next generation of technical talent in the U.S."
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