If we can learn anything from the leaders of Silicon Valley, it’s how they’ve reacted to Donald Trump’s win.
During the election, major players in the software, technology, and social media space put their money and support behind Hillary Clinton. It wasn’t a huge surprise; Hillary was a Wall Street backer. Her strict tax laws and government regulation would have protected big businesses and made it harder for startups to pose a threat.
But now that Trump is going to be our next President, the leaders in innovation are changing their tune. They know better than to alienate themselves from the next President, unlike certain lawmakers.
So it comes as no surprise that one of the biggest names in technology would have some good things to say about the President-Elect.
From The Political Insider:
Bill Gates, the world’s wealthiest man, just compared President-elect Donald J. Trump’s ability to bring innovation and change to the federal government to President John F. Kennedy’s abilities in the 1960s…
“A lot of his message has been about … where he sees things not as good as he’d like,” the billionaire Microsoft co-founder said on “Squawk Box.”
“But in the same way President Kennedy talked about the space mission and got the country behind that,” Gates continued, “I think whether it’s education or stopping epidemics … [or] in this energy space, there can be a very upbeat message that [Trump’s] administration [is] going to organize things, get rid of regulatory barriers, and have American leadership through innovation.”
Since stepping away from Microsoft, Bill Gates has become an advocate for a variety of causes. It would make sense that he would speak with Trump regarding issues like education, energy, and stopping diseases.
His positive tune rings true with other tech leaders, who are poised to meet with the President-Elect soon.
This isn’t the first time a leader of the technology industry was impressed with Trump. Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos – the world’s 5th wealthiest man – is already slated to be attending Trump’s meeting Wednesday at Trump Tower where a technology sector summit will take place. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Oracle co-CEO Safra Catz, Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins, along with executives from Google are also scheduled.
Source: The Political Insider