What is the Biggest Barrier to Innovation in US? Government, Government, and Government.


The Atlantic asked 50 "Silicon Valley insiders" a series of questions about business, culture, and other things. Above are the topline answers to the question, "What is the biggest barrier to innovation in the United States?"

Given the roles of governments at various levels, it's fair to say that the respondents believe government is the runaway problem. Immigration policy is set by government and education is effectively controlled by it too. Thanks, government!

(Hat tip: Kevin Kelly's Google+ feed.)

And if you think it's only high-tech bazillionaires who feel this way, keep in mind that the last time Gallup asked jes' plain folks, "Which of the following do you think is the biggest threat to the country in the—big business, big labor, or big government?," a record-high number chose big government.