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Thursday, July 14, 2016

145 Tech Leaders on the 2016 election

What do these 145 tech leaders have in common?
  1. Marvin Ammori, General Counsel, Hyperloop One
  2. Adrian Aoun, Founder/CEO, Forward
  3. Greg Badros, Founder, Prepared Mind Innovations; Former Engineering VP, Facebook
  4. Clayton Banks, Co-Founder, Silicon Harlem
  5. Phin Barnes, Partner, First Round Capital
  6. Niti Bashambu, Chief Analytics Officer, IAC Applications
  7. John Battelle, Founder/CEO, NewCo, Inc.
  8. Ayah Bdeir, Founder/CEO, Little Bits
  9. Piraye Beim, Founder/CEO, Celmatix
  10. Marc Bodnick, Co-Founder, Elevation Partners
  11. John Borthwick, Founder/CEO, Betaworks
  12. Matt Brezina, Co-Founder, Sincerely and Xobni
  13. Stacy Brown-Philpot, CEO, TaskRabbit
  14. Brad Burnham, Managing Partner, Union Square Ventures
  15. Stewart Butterfield, Co-Founder/CEO, Slack
  16. Troy Carter, Founder/CEO, Atom Factory
  17. Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, Founder/CEO, Joyus
  18. Vint Cerf, Internet Pioneer
  19. Amy Chang, Founder/CEO, Accompany
  20. Aneesh Chopra, President, NavHealth; Former US CTO
  21. Patrick Chung, General Partner, Xfund
  22. Tod Cohen, General Counsel, StubHub
  23. Stephen DeBerry, Founder/Managing Partner, Bronze Investments
  24. Peter Diamandis, Entrepreneur; Author, Abundance and BOLD
  25. Barry Diller, Chairman, Expedia and IAC
  26. Esther Dyson, Executive Founder, Way to Wellville; Investor
  27. Amy Errett, Founder/CEO, Madison Reed
  28. Caterina Fake, Founder/CEO, Findery; Co-Founder, Flickr
  29. Christopher Farmer, Founder/CEO, SignalFire
  30. Brad Feld, Managing Director, Foundry Group; Co-Founder, Techstars
  31. Josh Felser, Co-Founder, Freestyle Capital & ClimateX
  32. Hajj Flemings, Founder/CEO, Brand Camp University
  33. Natalie Foster, Co-Founder, Peers
  34. David Grain, Founder/Managing Partner, Grain Management, LLC
  35. Brad Hargreaves, Founder/CEO, Common
  36. Donna Harris, Co-Founder/Co-CEO, 1776
  37. Scott Heiferman, Co-Founder/CEO, Meetup
  38. David Hornik, General Partner, August Capital
  39. Terry Howerton, CEO, TechNexus
  40. Reed Hundt, Former Chair, FCC
  41. Minnie Ingersoll, COO, Shift Technologies
  42. Sami Inkinen, Founder/CEO, Virta Health; Co-Founder, Trulia
  43. Craig Isakow, Head of Revenue, Shift Technologies
  44. Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr., President and Founder, Rainbow PUSH Coalition
  45. Irwin Jacobs, Founding Chairman/CEO Emeritus, Qualcomm Inc
  46. Paul Jacobs, Executive Chairman, Qualcomm Inc
  47. Leila Janah, Founder/CEO, Sama & Laxmi
  48. Sujay Jaswa, Former CFO, Dropbox; Founder, Witt Capital Partners
  49. Mark Josephson, CEO, Bitly
  50. Sep Kamvar, Professor, MIT
  51. David Karp, Founder/CEO, Tumblr
  52. Jed Katz, Managing Director, Javelin Venture Partners
  53. Kim Keenan, President/CEO, Multicultural Media, Telecom & Internet Council
  54. Ben Keighran, Entrepreneur; Former Design Lead, Apple
  55. William Kennard, Former Chair, FCC
  56. Vinod Khosla, Founder, Khosla Ventures; Co-Founder, SUN Microsystems
  57. Ron Klain, Executive Vice President, Revolution LLC
  58. Walter Kortschak, Former Managing Partner and Senior Advisor, Summit Partners
  59. Jared Kopf, Founder AdRoll, HomeRun, Worldly
  60. Joseph Kopser, Co-Founder, Ridescout
  61. Karen Kornbluh, Former US Ambassador, OECD
  62. Othman Laraki, Co-Founder/President, Color Genomics
  63. Miles Lasater, Serial Entrepreneur
  64. Jeff Lawson, CEO, Twilio
  65. Aileen Lee, Founder/Managing Partner, Cowboy Ventures
  66. Bobby Lent, Managing Partner, Hillsven Capital
  67. Aaron Levie, Co-Founder/CEO, Box
  68. John Lilly, Partner, Greylock Partners
  69. Bruce Lincoln, Co-Founder, Silicon Harlem
  70. Ruth Livier, President, Livier Productions, Inc.
  71. Mark Lloyd, Professor of Communication, University of Southern California - Annenberg School
  72. Luther Lowe, VP of Public Policy, Yelp
  73. Nancy Lublin, Founder/CEO, Crisis Text Line
  74. Kanyi Maqubela, Partner, Collaborative Fund
  75. Jonathan Matus, Founder/CEO, Zendrive
  76. Josh McFarland, Vice President of Product, Twitter
  77. Andrew McLaughlin, Head of New Business, Medium; Venture Partner, betaworks
  78. Shishir Mehrotra, Entrepreneur & former VP of Product & Engineering, YouTube
  79. Apoorva Mehta, Founder/CEO, Instacart
  80. Doug Merritt, CEO, Splunk
  81. Dinesh Moorjani, Founder/CEO, Hatch Labs; Co-Founder, Tinder
  82. Brit Morin, Founder/CEO, Brit + Co
  83. Dave Morin, Entrepreneur; Partner, Slow Ventures
  84. Dustin Moskovitz, Co-Founder, Asana; Co-Founder, Facebook
  85. Amanda Moskowitz, Founder/CEO, Stacklist
  86. Alex Nogales, President/CEO, National Hispanic Media Coalition
  87. Alexis Ohanian, Co-Founder, Reddit
  88. Mike Olson, Founder/Chairman/CSO, Cloudera
  89. Pierre Omidyar, Founder, eBay
  90. Felix W. Ortiz III, Founder/Chairman/CEO, Viridis; Board Member of The NYC Technology Development Corporation
  91. Jen Pahlka, Founder/Executive Director, Code for America
  92. Barney Pell, Founder Powerset, MoonExpress, Locomobi; Founding Trustee, Singularity University
  93. Mark Pincus, Executive Chairman and Founder, Zynga
  94. Shervin Pishevar, Co-Founder/Managing Director, Sherpa Capital and Co-Founder/Executive Chairman of Hyperloop O
  95. Brandon Pollack, Director of Global Affairs, 1776
  96. Amy Rao, Founder/CEO, Integrated Archive Systems, Inc.
  97. Eric Ries, Entrepreneur & Author, The Lean Startup
  98. Justin Rosenstein, Co-Founder, Asana
  99. Alec Ross, Author, The Industries of the Future
  100. Javier Saade, Venture Capitalist; Former Associate Administrator, SBA
  101. Chris Sacca, Founder/Chairman, Lowercase Capital
  102. Dave Samuel, Co-Founder, Freestyle Capital
  103. Julie Samuels, Executive Director, Tech:NYC
  104. Reshma Saujani, Founder, Girls Who Code
  105. Chris Schroeder, Venture Investor; Author, Startup Rising
  106. Jake Schwartz, Co-Founder/CEO, General Assembly
  107. Robert Scoble, Entrepreneur in Residence and Futurist, Upload VR
  108. Kim Malone Scott, CEO, Candor, Inc; Former Director, Google
  109. Tina Sharkey, Partner, Sherpa Foundry & Sherpa Capital
  110. Clara Shih, Co-Founder/CEO, Hearsay Social
  111. Shivani Siroya, Founder/CEO, InVenture
  112. Steve Smith, Executive Director, Public Policy Institute, Government Relations & Telecommunications Project, Rainbow P
  113. Jonathan Spalter, Chair, Mobile Future
  114. DeShuna Spencer, CEO, kweliTV
  115. Katie Stanton, CMO, Color Genomics; Former VP of Global Media, Twitter
  116. Jenny Stefanotti, Co-Founder, OneProject; Board of Directors, Ushahidi
  117. Debby Sterling, Founder/CEO, Goldiblox
  118. Seth Sternberg, Co-Founder/CEO, Honor
  119. Margaret Stewart, Vice President of Product Design, Facebook
  120. Jeremy Stoppelman, CEO, Yelp
  121. Michael Stoppelman, SVP, Engineering, Yelp
  122. Baratunde Thurston, Former supervising producer, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah; Co-Founder, Cultivated Wit
  123. Stephanie Tilenius, Founder/CEO, Vida Health; Board of Directors, Seagate Technology
  124. Richard D. Titus, Entrepreneur; SVP, Samsung
  125. Anne Toth, VP of Policy & Compliance, Slack
  126. Bill Trenchard, Partner, First Round Capital
  127. April Underwood, VP of Product, Slack
  128. Max Ventilla, Founder/CEO, AltSchool
  129. Tabreez Verjee, Co-Founder/Partner Uprising; Board Director
  130. Jimmy Wales, Founder of Wikipedia
  131. Hunter Walk, Partner, Homebrew VC; Former Director of Product Management, Google
  132. Tristan Walker, Founder/CEO, Walker & Company Brands, Inc.; Founder/Chairman, Code 2040
  133. Ari Wallach, CEO, Synthesis Corp.
  134. Padmasree Warrior, CEO, NextEV USA; Former CTSO, Cisco
  135. Laura Weidman Powers, Co-Founder/CEO, Code2040
  136. Kevin Weil, Head of Product, Instagram
  137. Phil Weiser, Hatfield Professor of Law, University of Colorado and Executive Director of the Silicon Flatirons Center
  138. Daniel J. Weitzner, Principal Research Scientist, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, Massachusetts Institut
  139. Emily White, Entrepreneur; Former COO, Snapchat
  140. Ev Williams, Founder/CEO, Medium; Co-Founder Twitter, Blogger
  141. Monique Woodward, Venture Partner, 500 Startups
  142. Steve Wozniak, Co-Founder, Apple
  143. Tim Wu, Professor of Law, Columbia University
  144. Andrew Yang, Founder/CEO, Venture for America
  145. Arielle Zuckerberg, Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
"We are inventors, entrepreneurs, engineers, investors, researchers, and business leaders working in the technology sector. We are proud that American innovation is the envy of the world, a source of widely-shared prosperity, and a hallmark of our global leadership.

We believe in an inclusive country that fosters opportunity, creativity and a level playing field. Donald Trump does not. He campaigns on anger, bigotry, fear of new ideas and new people, and a fundamental belief that America is weak and in decline.  We have listened to Donald Trump over the past year and we have concluded: Trump would be a disaster for innovation.  His vision stands against the open exchange of ideas, free movement of people, and productive engagement with the outside world that is critical to our economy—and that provide the foundation for innovation and growth..."

Well, uhhh... make that 144 tech leaders and the Reverend Jesse Jackson? What's up with that?

Link: An Open Letter From Technology Sector Leaders On Donald Trump’s Candidacy For President

My views on Donald Trump are no secret. Click here. And here.

Silicon Valley's Hyper-Partisan Future
A major venture capitalist will speak in support of Trump, as dozens more decry him.

Most years, the power players of Silicon Valley regard their counterparts in Washington, D.C., with some mix of detached affection and amused pity—the way an EDM-inclined son might feel about his father’s love of The Eagles. (Sure, they might have mattered once, but that harmony’s never gonna sound as sweet again.) More than one venture capitalist has told me that when he visits Capitol Hill, he mostly wants to make sure Congress isn’t about to screw up his work, which is, it’s left unsaid, more important. Software is, after all, eating the world.

So it has been odd this week to see some of the highest-profile leaders of the technology industry speak clearly and publicly about political issues—and American partisan politics, in particular.

First, the venture capitalist Peter Thiel announced he will speak at the Republican National Convention next week in Cleveland. Thiel made his fortune by co-founding Paypal and investing early in Facebook; since then he has run venture funds with varying levels of success and created anti-college fellowships. He remains on Facebook’s board of directors...
I reported on Thiel's book "Zero to One" back in October 2014. It's a bit difficult to square what I wrote back then with this latest news.



More to come...

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