About your nation
I’m a 6th generation Texan running for US Senate. A venture capitalist as well as founder of 7 technology startups. I founded my first company at age 25. Now I want to work for you.
My reasons for running are 2 and 4 years old. Together we should be building our sons’ and daughters’ futures, not letting our elected officials borrow from it to support our lifestyle. The partisan politics has to stop. They need to listen, follow the Constitution we live by, and and do their job. The rules need to apply to them, too.
What do I care about?
Every year Congress struggles even to pass a budget on time, let alone balance it, or deal with the national debt.
Every year inequality gets worse, people get left behind. Veterans homeless, hardworking people with no savings, struggling to pay for healthcare. The stock market goes up, wages do not.
Our rights and our privacy are challenged in a digital, connected age.
Trust in our institutions continues to erode. 30%+ of Texas elections are unopposed. 6 in 10 Americans want a strong 3rd party. There is no place left in the major parties for people like me and you.
I could just stand by, do my work, focus on my family and business. But then what would I tell my daughters in 30 years when they asked why the world isn’t a better place?
For 200 years the role of a 3rd party in American politics has been to make the main parties listen. We’re going to do that. Together. Then you are going to tell your children, “Yes, I did something.” And so am I.
To those of you who say, voting Libertarian is a throwaway. I can only respond, in New York, maybe. But this is Texas, long odds are not a problem. Vote your conscience.
Neal M. Dikeman, Biography
Neal is a 6th generation Texan from Houston running for US Senate. He is a venture capitalist, and an entrepreneur with 9+ startups under his belt. He spent most of his career as a successful venture capitalist, in the world's tech capital, Silicon Valley and the world's energy capital, Houston. He has been a venture capitalist at Jane Capital, the firm he cofounded at age 25 and helped build into a leading player in cleantech; Globalgate, the parent company of YellowPages.com; and at Shell Oil. In addition to investing, he has personally cofounded 7 technology startups ranging from energy to software, and served as CEO, VP, CFO, and Chairman, and Director multiple times. Startups he has cofounded have raised hundreds of millions of dollars, built factories, gone public, spanned 3 continents - all powered by amazing people.
He is currently an active investor, the Chairman of the Cleantech.org network, and Greenhome.com, and on the board of directors of Texas based manufacturer American Electric Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:AETI), as well as Treasurer and Session member at Spring Branch Presbyterian Church in Houston, Texas, where his family was a charter member over half a century ago. He is a 3rd generation Aggie, Class of ’98, with a degree in economics, an Eagle Scout, and began his career in energy at Bankers Trust in Houston, TX.
Neal has been one of the leading writers and experts on cleantech and technology in energy, with his blog named a 50 Best Business Blog globally by the London Times, has written for dozens of outlets including CNET/News.com as well as been cited on the future of energy by hundreds of publications from Time to the Wall Street Journal.
“I have deep roots in Texas, the first member of my family to come to Texas was in the 1850s, 3 generations of my family went to Texas A&M, 3 generations at the University of Texas, with family roots ranging from Bell and Montgomery counties to Harris, Travis, and the Brazos Valley and the Rio Grande Valley. My reasons for running are 2 and 4 years old. They are why I am asking to work for you in the Senate.
Together we should be building our sons’ and daughters’ futures, not letting our elected officials borrow from it to support our lifestyle. The partisan politics has to stop. They need to listen, follow the Constitution we live by, and do their job. The rules need to apply to them, too.
What issues do I care about?
- Every year Congress struggles even to pass a budget, let alone balance it, or deal with the national debt. Kicking the can down the road to our children.
- Every year inequality gets worse, people get left behind. Veterans homeless, hardworking people with no savings, struggling to pay for healthcare. The stock market goes up, wages do not. Our Congress cannot get out of its own way.
- Our rights and our privacy are increasingly challenged in a digital, connected age, and our government is part of the problem, not the solution.” - Neal M. Dikeman
$174,000/year + benefits, up 23% from 2001. I wonder if they are 23% more productive?
Congress needs to do its job.
"But since 1997, Congress has never passed more than a third of its regular appropriations bills on time, and usually has done considerably less than that: For instance, for six straight years (fiscal 2011 through 2016), not a single spending bill was passed by Oct. 1." - Pew Research
The real reason our Congress shut down the government for 3 days? Politics.
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