Ping Fu, the CEO of Geomagic, recognizes that most entrepreneurs are too busy running their companies to get involved in politics.
But when the White House called, she jumped at the chance to provide a voice for small and medium businesses. Fu was one of 50 CEOs who attended a forum on Thursday in Washington about using technology to modernize government.
"If the White House did not reach out and invite me, I probably wouldn't have" gotten involved, she said in a phone interview Thursday night. "But now I realize how important it is to do this."
And Fu believes she got her main point across: that any stimulus or job-creation money should be aimed largely at smaller companies, which do the bulk of the hiring.