When big tech firms like Google, Facebook, Amazon or Apple want to influence Washington, they’ve got myriad opportunities. Such companies spend millions a year on lobbying, while their executives can hold fundraisers for political candidates.
For startups, without the resources of their bigger counterparts, the options are narrower. But that doesn’t mean they’re not trying their best anyway, primarily by talking to congressional staffers on issues of importance. In some cases, executives try to help guide staffers through complex technological issues.