This morning, our co-founder Evan spoke in front of the U.S. House Budget Committee during a hearing on “Restoring the Trust for Young Americans.” He’d been invited to represent the voice of millennial entrepreneurs and small business owners before Congress.
This was a landmark event for two reasons.
First, we asked all members of the Able network to submit statements before the hearing, allowing us to share your voice with the people who control our country’s budget.
We were thrilled at the number of passionate, thought-out statements we received from millennial entrepreneurs, small business owners, and champions of innovation alike — and we included every single one in our official testimony.
Second, we streamed the whole thing via Periscope — marking the first time a speaker has live-streamed a Congressional hearing from their personal cell phone.
You’re not an innovator if you don’t bend the rules, right?
We were also amazed at the level of participation during our broadcast: 4,182 people tuned in to the stream and gave it 30,214 hearts.
The broadcast lasted almost 2 hours, so we had some fun with it.
Of course, it wouldn’t have been as fun for us if we didn’t give shoutouts to a few of our borrowers. In fact, we did more than simply tell their stories. We brought some of their products with us.
Kammok and Branch Basics’ debut in Congress.
In the end, we’re humbled to have been invited to speak before Congress on behalf of millennial entrepreneurs — and it is our hope that Washington gets on board the innovation train with us, moves a little faster, breaks a few more things, and lets us do the same.