More Is Growth

I got a good chuckle out of a story that Jason Calacanis told me when I was on his podcast a few weeks ago. It was something I said that kept with him throughout his career. It can be applied to anything.

We were working on growing Silicon Alley Reporter, a trade magazine covering the start-up world in the mid-’90s. I have always been about growth and probably biting off more than I can chew. Jason said I had sold way too many ads for the content we had the first month. My answer was simple, create more content.

We should apply this to the economy. The surge of immigrants that want to come here to find a safe place, create a home for their families, and opportunities for their children. Many are coming from dangerous places, and more will come from spots that are being climate compromised. If they want to come here and establish that they are good citizens, then let them in by all means.

Highly skilled immigrants as well as lower-skilled immigrants fuel our economy. They keep us growing.

I apply this to the “create more content”. New jobs will be created, new industries will be built, more growth will be fed into the economy. Everyone needs a job to put money in their pocket, a roof above their head and food on the table. We should be looking at this as an opportunity. Why we don’t is beyond me.