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An Open Letter From Technology Sector Leaders On Donald Trump's Candidacy For President

July 14,2016 18:05

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 ...

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.
Let’s start with the human talent that drives innovation forward.  We believe that America’s diversity is our strength.  Great ideas come from all parts of society, and we should champion that broad-based creative potential.  We also believe that progressive immigration policies help us attract and retain some of the brightest minds on earth—scientists, entrepreneurs, and creators.  In fact, 40 percent of Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants or their children.  Donald Trump, meanwhile, traffics in ethnic and racial stereotypes, repeatedly insults women, and is openly hostile to immigration.  He has promised a wall, mass deportations, and profiling.
We also believe in the free and open exchange of ideas, including over the Internet, as a seed from which innovation springs. Donald Trump proposes “shutting down” parts of the Internet as a security strategy ― demonstrating both poor judgment and ignorance about how technology works. His penchant to censor extends to revoking press credentials and threatening to punish media platforms that criticize him.
Finally, we believe that government plays an important role in the technology economy by investing in infrastructure, education and scientific research.  Donald Trump articulates few policies beyond erratic and contradictory pronouncements. His reckless disregard for our legal and political institutions threatens to upend what attracts companies to start and scale in America. He risks distorting markets, reducing exports, and slowing job creation.
We stand against Donald Trump’s divisive candidacy and want a candidate who embraces the ideals that built America’s technology industry: freedom of expression, openness to newcomers, equality of opportunity, public investments in research and infrastructure, and respect for the rule of law. We embrace an optimistic vision for a more inclusive country, where American innovation continues to fuel opportunity, prosperity and leadership.
*DISCLAIMER:  The individuals listed below have endorsed in their personal capacity and this does not reflect the endorsement of any organization, corporation or entity to which they are affiliated. Titles and affiliations of each individual are provided for identification purposes only.
Marvin Ammori, General Counsel, Hyperloop OneAdrian Aoun, Founder/CEO, ForwardGreg Badros, Founder, Prepared Mind Innovations; Former Engineering VP, FacebookClayton Banks, Co-Founder, Silicon HarlemPhin Barnes, Partner, First Round CapitalNiti Bashambu, Chief Analytics Officer, IAC ApplicationsJohn Battelle, Founder/CEO, NewCo, Inc.Ayah Bdeir, Founder/CEO, Little BitsPiraye Beim, Founder/CEO, CelmatixMarc Bodnick, Co-Founder, Elevation PartnersJohn Borthwick, Founder/CEO, BetaworksMatt Brezina, Co-Founder, Sincerely and XobniStacy Brown-Philpot, CEO, TaskRabbitBrad Burnham, Managing Partner, Union Square VenturesStewart Butterfield, Co-Founder/CEO, SlackTroy Carter, Founder/CEO, Atom FactorySukhinder Singh Cassidy, Founder/CEO, JoyusVint Cerf, Internet PioneerAmy Chang, Founder/CEO, AccompanyAneesh Chopra, President, NavHealth; Former US CTOPatrick Chung, General Partner, XfundTod Cohen, General Counsel, StubHubStephen DeBerry, Founder/Managing Partner, Bronze InvestmentsPeter Diamandis, Entrepreneur; Author, Abundance and BOLDBarry Diller, Chairman, Expedia and IACEsther Dyson, Executive Founder, Way to Wellville; InvestorAmy Errett, Founder/CEO, Madison ReedCaterina Fake, Founder/CEO, Findery; Co-Founder, FlickrChristopher Farmer, Founder/CEO, SignalFireBrad Feld, Managing Director, Foundry Group; Co-Founder, TechstarsJosh Felser, Co-Founder, Freestyle Capital & ClimateXHajj Flemings, Founder/CEO, Brand Camp UniversityNatalie Foster, Co-Founder, PeersDavid Grain, Founder/Managing Partner, Grain Management, LLCBrad Hargreaves, Founder/CEO, CommonDonna Harris, Co-Founder/Co-CEO, 1776Scott Heiferman, Co-Founder/CEO, MeetupDavid Hornik, General Partner, August CapitalTerry Howerton, CEO, TechNexusReed Hundt, Former Chair, FCCMinnie Ingersoll, COO, Shift TechnologiesSami Inkinen, Founder/CEO, Virta Health; Co-Founder, TruliaCraig Isakow, Head of Revenue, Shift TechnologiesRev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr., President and Founder, Rainbow PUSH CoalitionIrwin Jacobs, Founding Chairman/CEO Emeritus, Qualcomm IncPaul Jacobs, Executive Chairman, Qualcomm IncLeila Janah, Founder/CEO, Sama & LaxmiSujay Jaswa, Former CFO, Dropbox; Founder, Witt Capital PartnersMark Josephson, CEO, BitlySep Kamvar, Professor, MITDavid Karp, Founder/CEO, TumblrJed Katz, Managing Director, Javelin Venture PartnersKim Keenan, President/CEO, Multicultural Media, Telecom & Internet CouncilBen Keighran, Entrepreneur; Former Design Lead, AppleWilliam Kennard, Former Chair, FCCVinod Khosla, Founder, Khosla Ventures; Co-Founder, SUN MicrosystemsRon Klain, Executive Vice President, Revolution LLCWalter Kortschak, Former Managing Partner and Senior Advisor, Summit PartnersJared Kopf, Founder AdRoll, HomeRun, WorldlyJoseph Kopser, Co-Founder, RidescoutKaren Kornbluh, Former US Ambassador, OECD Othman Laraki, Co-Founder/President, Color GenomicsMiles Lasater, Serial EntrepreneurJeff Lawson, CEO, TwilioAileen Lee, Founder/Managing Partner, Cowboy VenturesBobby Lent, Managing Partner, Hillsven CapitalAaron Levie, Co-Founder/CEO, BoxJohn Lilly, Partner, Greylock PartnersBruce Lincoln, Co-Founder, Silicon HarlemRuth Livier, President, Livier Productions, Inc.Mark Lloyd, Professor of Communication, University of Southern California - Annenberg SchoolLuther Lowe, VP of Public Policy, YelpNancy Lublin, Founder/CEO, Crisis Text LineKanyi Maqubela, Partner, Collaborative Fund Jonathan Matus, Founder/CEO, ZendriveJosh McFarland, Vice President of Product, TwitterAndrew McLaughlin, Head of New Business, Medium; Venture Partner, betaworksShishir Mehrotra, Entrepreneur & former VP of Product & Engineering, YouTubeApoorva Mehta, Founder/CEO, Instacart Doug Merritt, CEO, SplunkDinesh Moorjani, Founder/CEO, Hatch Labs; Co-Founder, TinderBrit Morin, Founder/CEO, Brit + CoDave Morin, Entrepreneur; Partner, Slow VenturesDustin Moskovitz, Co-Founder, Asana; Co-Founder, FacebookAmanda Moskowitz, Founder/CEO, StacklistAlex Nogales, President/CEO, National Hispanic Media CoalitionAlexis Ohanian, Co-Founder, RedditMike Olson, Founder/Chairman/CSO, ClouderaPierre Omidyar, Founder, eBayFelix W. Ortiz III, Founder/Chairman/CEO, Viridis; Board Member of The NYC Technology Development CorporationJen Pahlka, Founder/Executive Director, Code for AmericaBarney Pell, Founder Powerset, MoonExpress, Locomobi; Founding Trustee, Singularity UniversityMark Pincus, Executive Chairman and Founder, ZyngaShervin Pishevar, Co-Founder/Managing Director, Sherpa Capital and Co-Founder/Executive Chairman of Hyperloop OneBrandon Pollack, Director of Global Affairs, 1776Amy Rao, Founder/CEO, Integrated Archive Systems, Inc.Eric Ries, Entrepreneur & Author, The Lean StartupJustin Rosenstein, Co-Founder, AsanaAlec Ross, Author, The Industries of the FutureJavier Saade, Venture Capitalist; Former Associate Administrator, SBAChris Sacca, Founder/Chairman, Lowercase CapitalDave Samuel, Co-Founder, Freestyle CapitalJulie Samuels, Executive Director, Tech:NYCReshma Saujani, Founder, Girls Who CodeChris Schroeder, Venture Investor; Author, Startup RisingJake Schwartz, Co-Founder/CEO, General AssemblyRobert Scoble, Entrepreneur in Residence and Futurist, Upload VRKim Malone Scott, CEO, Candor, Inc; Former Director, GoogleTina Sharkey, Partner, Sherpa Foundry & Sherpa CapitalClara Shih, Co-Founder/CEO, Hearsay SocialShivani Siroya, Founder/CEO, InVentureSteve Smith, Executive Director, Public Policy Institute, Government Relations & Telecommunications Project, Rainbow PUSH CoalitionJonathan Spalter, Chair, Mobile FutureDeShuna Spencer, CEO, kweliTVKatie Stanton, CMO, Color Genomics; Former VP of Global Media, TwitterJenny Stefanotti, Co-Founder, OneProject; Board of Directors, UshahidiDebby Sterling, Founder/CEO, GoldibloxSeth Sternberg, Co-Founder/CEO, HonorMargaret Stewart, Vice President of Product Design, FacebookJeremy Stoppelman, CEO, YelpMichael Stoppelman, SVP, Engineering, YelpBaratunde Thurston, Former supervising producer, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah; Co-Founder, Cultivated Wit Stephanie Tilenius, Founder/CEO, Vida Health; Board of Directors, Seagate TechnologyRichard D. Titus, Entrepreneur; SVP, SamsungAnne Toth, VP of Policy & Compliance, Slack Bill Trenchard, Partner, First Round CapitalApril Underwood, VP of Product, SlackMax Ventilla, Founder/CEO, AltSchoolTabreez Verjee, Co-Founder/Partner Uprising; Board Director Kiva.orgJimmy Wales, Founder of WikipediaHunter Walk, Partner, Homebrew VC; Former Director of Product Management, GoogleTristan Walker, Founder/CEO, Walker & Company Brands, Inc.; Founder/Chairman, Code 2040Ari Wallach, CEO, Synthesis Corp.Padmasree Warrior, CEO, NextEV USA; Former CTSO, CiscoLaura Weidman Powers, Co-Founder/CEO, Code2040Kevin Weil, Head of Product, InstagramPhil Weiser, Hatfield Professor of Law, University of Colorado and Executive Director of the Silicon Flatirons CenterDaniel J. Weitzner, Principal Research Scientist, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyEmily White, Entrepreneur; Former COO, SnapchatEv Williams, Founder/CEO, Medium; Co-Founder Twitter, BloggerMonique Woodward, Venture Partner, 500 StartupsSteve Wozniak, Co-Founder, AppleTim Wu, Professor of Law, Columbia UniversityAndrew Yang, Founder/CEO, Venture for AmericaArielle Zuckerberg, Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

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