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Wednesday Meeting of Trump and Silicon Valley Tech Giants

Donald Trump’s transition team announced the inclusion of three highly rated CEOs in Trump’s advisory team before Wednesday’s scheduled meeting with top tech leaders.

The three names announced were, Elon Musk – CEO of Space-X and Tesla, Indra Krishnamurthy Nooyi – CEO of Pepsi, and Travis Kalanick – CEO of Uber.

Oracle CEO, Safra Catz, who was present at Wednesday’s meeting with Trump, was included on the executive committee of the transition team – the announcement of his inclusion was made on Thursday.

The attendees in Wednesday’s high-octane meeting with President-elect Donald Trump included names like:

* Tim Cook – CEO of Apple
* Larry Page – CEO of Alpha
* Satya Nadella – CEO of Microsoft
* Jeff Bezos – CEO of Amazon
* Elon Musk – CEO of Tesla and SpaceX
* Ginni Rometty – CEO of IBM
* Brian Krzanich – CEO of Intel
* Safra Catz – CEO of Oracle
* Eric Schmidt – Executive Chairman of Alphabet
* Chuck Robbins – CEO of Cisco
* Sheryl Sandberg – COO of Facebook
* Ivanka Trump – Executive VP of the Trump Organization
* Peter Thiel – Venture Capitalist and ardent Trump supporter
* Reince Priebus – incoming White House Chief of Staff

Conspicuously absent from the meeting were Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey of Twitter. However, Facebook was represented by its COO, Sheryl Sandberg.

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump sits with PayPal co-founder and Facebook board member Peter Thiel, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Oracle CEO Safra Catz and Tesla chief executive Elon Musk during a meeting with technology leaders at Trump Tower, New York, December 14.
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump with PayPal co-founder and Facebook board member Peter Thiel, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Oracle CEO Safra Catz and Tesla CEO Elon Musk during a meeting with technology leaders at Trump Tower, New York, December 14. (Photo;Reuters)

The main focus of the meeting, which lasted for two hours, was on jobs,
immigration policy, cybersecurity, tax reforms, education, infrastructure, repatriation of foreign assets, ease of doing business overseas, and China.

He urged the tech community, “to keep going with the incredible innovation,” and added, “There’s nobody like you in the world. There’s nobody like the people in this room.”

According to an anonymous source, the tech hierarchy gave their consent to Trump’s suggestion of meeting on a quarterly basis to discuss issues.

“This is truly an amazing group of people,” Trump said at the Trump Tower at the commencement of the meeting with Silicon Valley’s big guns, “I want to add that I’m here to help you folks do well.”

He told the gathering of top tech leaders that his administrative team is “going to be here for you. You’ll call my people, you’ll call me. We have no formal chain of command around here,” – an open door policy, so to speak.

While most of the companies represented at the meeting by their CEOs or top officials desisted from making detailed comments on the meeting, here is what Jeff Bezos of Amazon said in a post-meeting statement:

“I shared the view that the administration should make innovation one of its key pillars, which would create a huge number of jobs across the whole country, in all sectors, not just tech — agriculture, infrastructure, manufacturing — everywhere.”

Trump who had been critical of the Silicon Valley giants, by and large, has displayed a clear deviation from his campaign policy in this regard and has pledged support to the tech industry in every which way his administration can.

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Silicon Valley’s Reaction to Trump’s Victory

Disbelief and shock across the Silicon Valley is how one can describe their initial reaction to the results of the just concluded U.S. Presidential elections which saw Trump emerge victorious.

However, PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel had backed Trump at the Republican National Convention and donated 1.25 million dollars to the Trump campaign. He even congratulated Trump on his victory in a statement he made on Tuesday night.

Silicon Valley venture capitalist Peter Thiel is reportedly joining the Trump transition team
Silicon Valley venture capitalist Peter Thiel is reportedly joining the Trump transition team

Marco Arment, co-founder of Tumblr had this to say to Y-Combinator for supporting Thiel, “This is literally paying a huge amount of money to directly support a racist, sexist bigot with rapidly mounting allegations of multiple sexual assaults,”

“[Y-Combinator is] defending the large-scale support of racism, bigotry, and sexual assault by an influential partner and advisor to their startups as its own form of ‘diversity’.”

Sam Altman, president of Y Combinator, tweeted his response on Sunday night, saying Trump is “an unacceptable threat to America” and “unfit to be president”.

Prominent leaders like Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, Apple CEO Tim Cook, and other big names in the Silicon Valley contributed heavily in terms of donations to the Clinton campaign. According to NBC News, Silicon Valley donated 60 times more to Clinton than to Trump.

Trump’s election manifesto and his campaign speeches on policies like alternative energy, higher taxes on Chinese goods, illegal immigrants, lost manufacturing jobs, outsourcing, immigration policy changes, hiring of foreign labor, were all against the interest of Silicon Valley and their business modules.

Iran-born Sherwin Pishevar, entrepreneur and venture capitalist went as far as calling for the secession of California from the United States. He recommended the name of Lieutenant Governor of California Gavin Newsom as president of the California Republic.

Pishevar was supported by Dave Morin, co-founder of the Social Network Path, who said that he was with Pishevar in his call for secession. Jason Calacanis, co-founder of Weblogs Inc., had this to say about California, “increasingly more distinct from America” with the hashtag calexit.

CEO, and CTO of SpaceX; co-founder, CEO, and product architect of Tesla Motors, Elon Musk had said before the election that Trump “probably wasn’t the right guy” for the presidency. One can speculate that he isn’t ecstatic about the outcome.

Jack Dorsey, founder, and CEO of Twitter tweeted a number of times basically calling for unity in protecting one another and accountability of the Govt. However, not once did he mention Trump’s name in his tweets.

Here are some them:
“I commit to using the privilege I currently have to always speak this truth to power and to ensure the common good leads everything we do.”

“We are one country, and we have one goal: provide for the common good. We must question anything that gets in the way of that.”

“We all must hold each other, especially the leaders we put in power, accountable to that truth.”

“This country was founded on one self-evident and undeniable truth: all people are created equal.”

At a web summit held in Lisbon, Portugal, Dave McClure, the Angel investor who also founded and runs 500 Start-ups, lost his cool after learning about the election results.

“If you’re not f_____ pissed right now, what is wrong with you?” He shouted. In fact, he even urged all those present to stand up in a show of protest against the President-elect Donald Trump.

Some were rather diplomatic in their statements. Ryan Hoover of Product Hunt seemed to be one of them, when he said at the conference, “I knew it could happen, of course. I mean, it was obvious, there were millions of people that supported him, I was just very surprised to see it actually play out, considering the polls and projections were so far in Clinton’s court.”

Trump on Paul Ryan: 'I don't want his support'
Trump on Paul Ryan: ‘I don’t want his support’

Greylock partner, Josh Elman, said “I don’t know what to say. I don’t drink and I still feel a little hungover.” One of the U-turners was the high profile CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, whose tag on a picture of himself and his daughter read, “Feeling hopeful,” with an emoji showing wide, happy eyes and a grin.

Amazon’s CEO, Jeff Bozos was another who sang a different tune commenting, “Congratulations to @realDonaldTrump. I for one give him my most open mind and wish him great success in his service to the country.” The same Jeff Bozos who had said in October that Trump’s conduct “erodes democracy”

Chris Sacca, Venture Capitalist, and an ardent Trump critic before the results tweeted, “We in the tech community are willing to work with President-Elect Trump to help those Americans who need it most,”

As we have seen so far, there has been a series of mixed reactions, anger, diplomatic statements, about-turns, surprises, and calls for secession, it remains to be seen how the Trump Government and Silicon Valley get along in the not too distant future. Let’s wait and watch!

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Technology Leadership and Women in Silicon Valley

The southern part of the San Francisco Bay Area, located in California is commonly known as “The Silicon Valley” that is home to most of the world’s largest high-tech corporations and thousands of startup companies. The Valley serves as a leading hub and startup ecosystem for high-tech innovation and development.

There are high-tech businesses flourishing in the area, which is now generally used as a synecdoche for the American high-technology economic sector. The word “silicon” in the name “Silicon Valley” originally referred to a large number of silicon chip innovators and manufacturers in the region. While the word “Valley” refers to the Santa Clara Valley where the region has traditionally been centered, which includes the city of San Jose and the surrounding cities and towns.

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Silicon Valley – USA

Silicon Valley today, has thousands of high-tech companies headquartered in its region, some of the Fortune 1000 include; eBay, Facebook, Cisco Systems, Apple Inc., Google, Intel, HP Inc., Netflix, Yahoo!, Telsa Motors, LSI Logic and many others. Despite their hard and commendable efforts in the success of the Silicon Valley, we can still observe that at the top of the industry and government, the faces remain stubbornly male and so is the case with the high-tech world as we see personalities like Mark Zuckerburg (born May 14, 1984, is the founder of today’s most popular social networking site Facebook), Bill Gates(born 28 October 1955 is the founder of the Microsoft software), Steve Jobs(born 24 February 1955 is the founder of the world famous Apple Incorporation) and many others as the defining faces of the Silicon Valley because of the sexism present in the society, and women even in a modern industrial society of today have a shamefully negligible recognition for the efforts that they have made.

No doubt that women are better off today, but still far from being  equal with men because of a lack of recognition and appreciation. The list below gives a short history of such “Founding Mothers Of The Silicon Valley”.

JUDY ESTRIN

 

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Judi Estrin – Silicon Valley

Judy Estrin was born in the year 1954 is an American business executive. Estrin is recognized for her contribution to the networking protocols that form the basic frame of the internet. She was born to a family of high-techs with both her parents, Thelma and Gerald Estrin being Computer Scientists at UCLA. She has a sister Deborah Estrin who is also a professor of Computer Science. Her son David Carrico is a tech entrepreneur is the founder of EvntLive.

Judy studied math and computer science at the University of California, Los Angeles and later in her life got a masters degree in mechanical engineering at Stanford. While at Stanford Judy worked with a research group led by Vint Craft also known as the “Father of the Internet”. The group developed the TCP/IP specification which forms the underlying technology of the internet. She is now the CEO of JLabs, a private company focused on further innovation in business, government, and non-profit organizations.

She’s been awarded amongst the 50 most powerful women in American business in the year 1998 and was also awarded a the EY entrepreneur of the year in the northern California region in the year 1987.  In 2002 she won the “Women in Technology International Hall of Fame award and in the year 2010 she was awarded GIL Award from Frost and Sullivan. It is also rather ironic that she is not given much recognition for laying down the very foundation (the internet) as compared to others who developed Google, Facebook etc which are all based upon it when even for the fact that the idea of having a search engine to search without the internet seems ludicrous.

DONNA DUBINSKY

 

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Donna Dubinsky

Donna Dubinsky is an American businesswoman who played a crucial role in the development of the Personal Digital Assistants or the PDAs serving as the CEO of Palm Inc. and co-founding Handspring with Jeff Hawkins in the year 1995. She was the daughter of Alfred Dubinsky who worked as a scrap metal broker. She attended the Yale university and got her bachelor’s from Jonathan Edwards College with history as her major in the year 1977. She got her MBA from the Harvard Business School in the year 1981. She is the current acting CEO and board chair of Numenta. In the year 2007, she was also awarded the “Alumni Achievement Award” at Harvard Business School. Donna was also the founding member of the Palm Pilot which was a handheld computer manufactured by Palm Inc. In the year 2005, she along with her technical partner got to work at Numenta.

 

DIANA GREENE

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Diana Greene

Diana Greene is yet another wonderful woman who is counted on the list of the “Founding Mothers of the Silicon Valley” born in the year 1955 in Rochester, New York. She is serving as the current senior vice president for Google’s cloud business. She is an American investor and has also served as the founder and CEO of VMware, the company that marked the advent of virtualization industry from 1998 till 2008.

Diana received her  bachelor’s degree in the field of mechanical engineering from the University of Vermont  in 1976 and her masters in Naval Architecture from MIT in the year 1978. She also has a second masters degree in the field of Computer Science from the University of California in the year 1988. Last year in the month of November  Google paid her an amount of $380 million for the company and gave her one of most influential jobs in tech: as the senior vice president of Google’s enterprise business, she is in charge of figuring out how to grow the company’s cloud computing business to a size that the company posts could eclipse the ad business within five years. She has also worked on enterprise startup software called Bebop.

LYNN CONWAY

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Lynn Conway

Lynn Conway was born on 2 January 1938 and is recognized for her numerous achievements including the Mead and Conway Revolution in VLSI design which induced an emerging electronic design automation industry. She is an American computer scientist, electrical engineer, inventor and transgender activist. Conway was brought up in White Plains, New York and suffered from gender dysphoria as a child. She earned her B.S and M.S.E.E degrees in the year 1962 and 1973 from Columbia University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science. She was inducted by IBM Research in Yorktown Heights, New York in the year 1964. And soon joined an architecture team that designed an advanced supercomputer, working along with other renowned personalities which include  John Cocke, Ed Sussenguth, Fran Allen and much more on the ACS project inventing multiple-issue-out-of-order dynamic scheduling while working there. She was however fired in 1968 because she revealed her intention of gender transition to a female. She has won numerous awards for her achievements throughout her life. Some of the include; the 2002 Electronic Design Hall of Fame, National Achievement Award: Society of Women Engineers 1990, Magil Lecture in Science, Technology and the Arts, Columbia University 2016.

SANDY LERNER

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Sandy Lerner

Sandy Lerner was born in the year 1995 and is an American businesswoman and philanthropist. She is also the co-founder and the CEO of the Cisco Systems. She used the profit from selling this company and invested it into animal welfare and women’s writings. Her most renowned work includes the historically accurate sequel to “Pride and Prejudice”. She also founded a cosmetics company which she late sold to Moet-Hennessy Louis Vuitton. She later moved to an organic farm in Virginia.

SANDY KURTZIG

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Sandy Kurtzig

Sandy Kurtzig is an American business woman and  Silicon Valley’s first  female technology entrepreneur. Kurtzig received her bachelor’s in math from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her masters in the field of aeronautical engineering at the Stanford University.Acting as the founder and the CEO of the ASK Group (a business and software manufacturing software producer) as a part time job in the year 1972, she was the first woman to take a Silicon Valley technology to the public and was the first software entrepreneur to become a multimillionaire. She also founded Kenandy, the enterprise management software company in the year 2010 where she served as the CEO up to 2015 and is now the chairman of the board.

There are many more marvelous women who have put in their efforts, Ann Bowers who was the Apple’s human resource director and den mother in the early 1980s,Ann Winblad, co-founder of the venture firm Hummer Winblad in 1989, Adele Goldberg, the PARC computer scientist, Roberta Williams who designed the video games and many more whose stories have not yet been unfolded here. Although women have made great strides in gaining access to education and employment, to this day they continue to face significant hurdles that men generally do not confront too. To envision a future having an extensive multitude of people contributing their efforts for the success and evolution of the high technology world, we must not succumb to the ease of shortening the stories of its past.