“I’ve heard so many times from people of color I’ve met here they don’t feel comfortable in enough places,” Barr echoed. “I don’t know how you crack that egg, but it’s a problem.”
At the end of the roundtable, the event’s emcee Scott Resnick — COO of Hardin Design & Development, entrepreneur-in-residence at StartingBlock, and himself a former 2014 mayoral candidate — gave a RapidFire survey to the panelists and a few dozen attendees, inspired by Hua weighed in on the various policies implemented by other communities to promote entrepreneurship.
Some, such as expanding the library’s Makerspace program and doubling down and art investments, received overwhelming acceptance. Others, such as hiring startup recruiters in San Francisco or launching a startup-focused marketing campaign for Madison, have received heavy dismissals.
Some, such as turning an empty house into an “idea house” where people can live together and think of entrepreneurial projects, have received mixed reception.
After some applause for the idea, Barr said, “Let’s fill an empty house with a family that needs a home.”
After the incident, Rhodes-Conway said she was glad to hear that many of the ideas she heard from the panelists were things the city was already thinking about or working on.