President-elect Barack Obama has selected D.C. tech executive and entrepreneur Julius Genachowski to his presidential transition team and will serve as the key technology adviser to the next president. The appointment is yet another signal of the important role that technology will serve in the next administration.
Genachowski spoke last week at a Potomac Officer's Club (POC) lunch event featuring Gov. Tim Kaine and Virginia Secretary of Technology Aneesh Chopra and which focused on the tech outlook of a new administration. Genachowski's former Harvard Law School classmate, Sen. Obama, has an eye towards using innovative technology to deliver 21st century government services. Under the leadership of Genachowski, a Technology & Innovation Plan has been drawn up by the campaign, identifying the three tech policy principles for the new administration as “Open government, open networks, and open markets.”
A lawyer by training, Genachowski is co-founder of LaunchBox Digital and Rock Creek Ventures, a Washington, DC-based new media and e-commerce advisory and investment firm. He has also been a lead player in the growth of major web companies, most notably Barry Diller's IAC/InterActiveCorp entertainment company.
After much success both professionally and with the campaign, it is very likely that he may fill in a new post as top technology advisor to the president.