Skip To Content
BuzzFeed News Home Reporting To You

Utilizamos cookies, próprios e de terceiros, que o reconhecem e identificam como um usuário único, para garantir a melhor experiência de navegação, personalizar conteúdo e anúncios, e melhorar o desempenho do nosso site e serviços. Esses Cookies nos permitem coletar alguns dados pessoais sobre você, como sua ID exclusiva atribuída ao seu dispositivo, endereço de IP, tipo de dispositivo e navegador, conteúdos visualizados ou outras ações realizadas usando nossos serviços, país e idioma selecionados, entre outros. Para saber mais sobre nossa política de cookies, acesse link.

Caso não concorde com o uso cookies dessa forma, você deverá ajustar as configurações de seu navegador ou deixar de acessar o nosso site e serviços. Ao continuar com a navegação em nosso site, você aceita o uso de cookies.

Trump May Be Dividing Americans, But He United Part of Silicon Valley

For a powerful sub-set of the tech world, Trump's candidacy is a threat to innovation, and a rallying cry.

Posted on July 15, 2016, at 4:09 p.m. ET

Scott Audette / Reuters

How do you get some of the most powerful and prickly people in the tech industry, including Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, Vint “father of the internet” Cerf and the founders of Reddit, Medium, Twitter, and Wikipedia, to agree on a divisive political issue? You convince them that the American innovation at the core of their businesses is in danger. Apparently, Donald Trump's presidential campaign has what it takes.

In an open letter published on Medium Thursday that reads like a who's of who of tech-world luminaries, 150 executives, engineers, researchers, and investors voiced their opposition to Trump, whom they say would threaten economic growth and the free expression of ideas if he becomes president.

"We were aligned with one common point of view: Trump would be a disaster for innovation," Katie Jacobs Stanton, the CMO of Color Genomics (and former vice president of global media at Twitter), told BuzzFeed News. Stanton was one of the organizers behind the open letter, which she says began through emails, and took shape in a Google doc as dozens of people added their support.

"The organization of this was organic and went viral across a big network of technology leaders, hence the diversity of signatories." Alec Ross, author of "The Industries of the Future," who also served as a tech advisor to Hillary Clinton in the State Department, told BuzzFeed News. Ross also helped organize the letter, and said that many people "pecking away" at the document crafted its language.

The letter's focus on innovation, as opposed to more explicitly political issues helped garner consensus, said Hunter Walk, a partner at Homebrew. "There's a lot of concern in the Valley about some of Trump's statements, and this started to give people a chance to speak with a single voice," he told BuzzFeed News.

Several organizers said that the goal of the letter was not to necessarily dissuade Trump's supporters, but to express the concerns of the tech community, and to help bring this discussion to the surface. They currently have no plans to use the open letter's coalition for future political action.

Trump's campaign has not yet responded to the letter, but following intense speculation this week over his VP pick, Trump named Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his running mate Friday. Since the announcement, the Consumer Technology Association, a tech industry trade group, has called on the Trump-Pence ticket to release its tech policy agenda, which Hillary Clinton has already done.

BuzzFeed News’ FinCEN Files investigation exposed massive financial corruption on a historic global scale. Want to support our journalism? Become a BuzzFeed News member.

ADVERTISEMENT