Sep 29, 2017

VC trade group seeks injunction to reverse entrepreneur visa delay

AP

The National Venture Capital Association, which last week filed a lawsuit against the Dept. of Homeland Security over its delay of a visa for foreign entrepreneurs, has submitted a request for a preliminary injunction on the delay. The injunction would force the agency to immediately implement the International Entrepreneur Rule, which was set to go into effect in July, pending the NVCA's lawsuit.

Why it matters: In July, Trump delayed until March the Obama-era rule which would have let entrepreneurs who meet certain requirements to stay in the U.S. for 2.5 years to get their companies off the ground. The NVCA says the lack of entrepreneur-friendly visas will push startup founders to start their companies in other countries and that this has already begun to happen.

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Why it matters: Coates' working relationship with National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien, who elevated her to the deputy role only months ago, has strained amid an effort by some people inside the administration to tag her as "Anonymous" — a charge she has vehemently denied to colleagues.

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Bezos at Amazon Smbhav in New Delhi on Jan. 15. Photo: Sajjad Hussain/AFP via Getty Images

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos announced the launch of his "Earth Fund" on Monday via Instagram to fund climate change research and awareness.

What he's saying: Bezos says he's initially committing $10 billion to fund "scientists, activists, and NGOS" that are working on environmental preservation and protection efforts.