The Washington Post reported last week that U.S. deputy CTO Andrew McLaughlin is resigning from his post in order to launch a pair of startup companies. The former Google executive took the position in the spring of 2009 and was responsible for a number of Internet-related policy initiatives such as access regulation and global cybersecurity, according to the article.
McLaughlin plans to stay in Washington while he launches his new companies, says the article. I'm interested in fostering low-cost, collaborative tech for state and local governments, and also in supporting new start-ups in developing countries, one non-profit the other for-profit, McLaughlin wrote in an e-mail. He also said he plans to return to teaching law. My White House experience has been fantastic, but it's been more than 2 years since I started working on the transition, and I've been feeling the itch to get entrepreneurial again, McLaughlin wrote.