Donald Trump Would Be A Disaster For Innovation Around The World

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Donald Trump Would Be A Disaster For Innovation Around The World

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    Donald Trump Would Be A Disaster For Innovation Around The World
    An Open Letter From Technology Sector Leaders On Donald Trump’s Candidacy For President.
    By Alec Ross

    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 One
    Adrian Aoun, Founder/CEO, Forward
    Greg Badros, Founder, Prepared Mind Innovations; Former Engineering VP, Facebook
    Clayton Banks, Co-Founder, Silicon Harlem
    Phin Barnes, Partner, First Round Capital
    Niti Bashambu, Chief Analytics Officer, IAC Applications
    John Battelle, Founder/CEO, NewCo, Inc.
    Ayah Bdeir, Founder/CEO, Little Bits
    Piraye Beim, Founder/CEO, Celmatix
    Marc Bodnick, Co-Founder, Elevation Partners
    John Borthwick, Founder/CEO, Betaworks
    Matt Brezina, Co-Founder, Sincerely and Xobni
    Stacy Brown-Philpot, CEO, TaskRabbit
    Brad Burnham, Managing Partner, Union Square Ventures
    Stewart Butterfield, Co-Founder/CEO, Slack
    Troy Carter, Founder/CEO, Atom Factory
    Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, Founder/CEO, Joyus
    Vint Cerf, Internet Pioneer
    Amy Chang, Founder/CEO, Accompany
    Aneesh Chopra, President, NavHealth; Former US CTO
    Patrick Chung, General Partner, Xfund
    Tod Cohen, General Counsel, StubHub
    Stephen DeBerry, Founder/Managing Partner, Bronze Investments
    Peter Diamandis, Entrepreneur; Author, Abundance and BOLD
    Barry Diller, Chairman, Expedia and IAC
    Esther Dyson, Executive Founder, Way to Wellville; Investor
    Amy Errett, Founder/CEO, Madison Reed
    Caterina Fake, Founder/CEO, Findery; Co-Founder, Flickr
    Christopher Farmer, Founder/CEO, SignalFire
    Brad Feld, Managing Director, Foundry Group; Co-Founder, Techstars
    Josh Felser, Co-Founder, Freestyle Capital & ClimateX
    Hajj Flemings, Founder/CEO, Brand Camp University
    Natalie Foster, Co-Founder, Peers
    David Grain, Founder/Managing Partner, Grain Management, LLC
    Brad Hargreaves, Founder/CEO, Common
    Donna Harris, Co-Founder/Co-CEO, 1776
    Scott Heiferman, Co-Founder/CEO, Meetup
    David Hornik, General Partner, August Capital
    Terry Howerton, CEO, TechNexus
    Reed Hundt, Former Chair, FCC
    Minnie Ingersoll, COO, Shift Technologies
    Sami Inkinen, Founder/CEO, Virta Health; Co-Founder, Trulia
    Craig Isakow, Head of Revenue, Shift Technologies
    Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr., President and Founder, Rainbow PUSH Coalition
    Irwin Jacobs, Founding Chairman/CEO Emeritus, Qualcomm Inc
    Paul Jacobs, Executive Chairman, Qualcomm Inc
    Leila Janah, Founder/CEO, Sama & Laxmi
    Sujay Jaswa, Former CFO, Dropbox; Founder, Witt Capital Partners
    Mark Josephson, CEO, Bitly
    Sep Kamvar, Professor, MIT
    David Karp, Founder/CEO, Tumblr
    Jed Katz, Managing Director, Javelin Venture Partners
    Kim Keenan, President/CEO, Multicultural Media, Telecom & Internet Council
    Ben Keighran, Entrepreneur; Former Design Lead, Apple
    William Kennard, Former Chair, FCC
    Vinod Khosla, Founder, Khosla Ventures; Co-Founder, SUN Microsystems
    Ron Klain, Executive Vice President, Revolution LLC
    Walter Kortschak, Former Managing Partner and Senior Advisor, Summit Partners
    Jared Kopf, Founder AdRoll, HomeRun, Worldly
    Joseph Kopser, Co-Founder, Ridescout
    Karen Kornbluh, Former US Ambassador, OECD 
    Othman Laraki, Co-Founder/President, Color Genomics
    Miles Lasater, Serial Entrepreneur
    Jeff Lawson, CEO, Twilio
    Aileen Lee, Founder/Managing Partner, Cowboy Ventures
    Bobby Lent, Managing Partner, Hillsven Capital
    Aaron Levie, Co-Founder/CEO, Box
    John Lilly, Partner, Greylock Partners
    Bruce Lincoln, Co-Founder, Silicon Harlem
    Ruth Livier, President, Livier Productions, Inc.
    Mark Lloyd, Professor of Communication, University of Southern California – Annenberg School
    Luther Lowe, VP of Public Policy, Yelp
    Nancy Lublin, Founder/CEO, Crisis Text Line
    Kanyi Maqubela, Partner, Collaborative Fund 
    Jonathan Matus, Founder/CEO, Zendrive
    Josh McFarland, Vice President of Product, Twitter
    Andrew McLaughlin, Head of New Business, Medium; Venture Partner, betaworks
    Shishir Mehrotra, Entrepreneur & former VP of Product & Engineering, YouTube
    Apoorva Mehta, Founder/CEO, Instacart 
    Doug Merritt, CEO, Splunk
    Dinesh Moorjani, Founder/CEO, Hatch Labs; Co-Founder, Tinder
    Brit Morin, Founder/CEO, Brit + Co
    Dave Morin, Entrepreneur; Partner, Slow Ventures
    Dustin Moskovitz, Co-Founder, Asana; Co-Founder, Facebook
    Amanda Moskowitz, Founder/CEO, Stacklist
    Alex Nogales, President/CEO, National Hispanic Media Coalition
    Alexis Ohanian, Co-Founder, Reddit
    Mike Olson, Founder/Chairman/CSO, Cloudera
    Pierre Omidyar, Founder, eBay
    Felix W. Ortiz III, Founder/Chairman/CEO, Viridis; Board Member of The NYC Technology Development Corporation
    Jen Pahlka, Founder/Executive Director, Code for America
    Barney Pell, Founder Powerset, MoonExpress, Locomobi; Founding Trustee, Singularity University
    Mark Pincus, Executive Chairman and Founder, Zynga
    Shervin Pishevar, Co-Founder/Managing Director, Sherpa Capital and Co-Founder/Executive Chairman of Hyperloop One
    Brandon Pollack, Director of Global Affairs, 1776
    Amy Rao, Founder/CEO, Integrated Archive Systems, Inc.
    Eric Ries, Entrepreneur & Author, The Lean Startup
    Justin Rosenstein, Co-Founder, Asana
    Alec Ross, Author, The Industries of the Future
    Javier Saade, Venture Capitalist; Former Associate Administrator, SBA
    Chris Sacca, Founder/Chairman, Lowercase Capital
    Dave Samuel, Co-Founder, Freestyle Capital
    Julie Samuels, Executive Director, Tech:NYC
    Reshma Saujani, Founder, Girls Who Code
    Chris Schroeder, Venture Investor; Author, Startup Rising
    Jake Schwartz, Co-Founder/CEO, General Assembly
    Robert Scoble, Entrepreneur in Residence and Futurist, Upload VR
    Kim Malone Scott, CEO, Candor, Inc; Former Director, Google
    Tina Sharkey, Partner, Sherpa Foundry & Sherpa Capital
    Clara Shih, Co-Founder/CEO, Hearsay Social
    Shivani Siroya, Founder/CEO, InVenture
    Steve Smith, Executive Director, Public Policy Institute, Government Relations & Telecommunications Project, Rainbow PUSH Coalition
    Jonathan Spalter, Chair, Mobile Future
    DeShuna Spencer, CEO, kweliTV
    Katie Stanton, CMO, Color Genomics; Former VP of Global Media, Twitter
    Jenny Stefanotti, Co-Founder, OneProject; Board of Directors, Ushahidi
    Debby Sterling, Founder/CEO, Goldiblox
    Seth Sternberg, Co-Founder/CEO, Honor
    Margaret Stewart, Vice President of Product Design, Facebook
    Jeremy Stoppelman, CEO, Yelp
    Michael Stoppelman, SVP, Engineering, Yelp
    Baratunde Thurston, Former supervising producer, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah; Co-Founder, Cultivated Wit 
    Stephanie Tilenius, Founder/CEO, Vida Health; Board of Directors, Seagate Technology
    Richard D. Titus, Entrepreneur; SVP, Samsung
    Anne Toth, VP of Policy & Compliance, Slack 
    Bill Trenchard, Partner, First Round Capital
    April Underwood, VP of Product, Slack
    Max Ventilla, Founder/CEO, AltSchool
    Tabreez Verjee, Co-Founder/Partner Uprising; Board Director
    Jimmy Wales, Founder of Wikipedia
    Hunter Walk, Partner, Homebrew VC; Former Director of Product Management, Google
    Tristan Walker, Founder/CEO, Walker & Company Brands, Inc.; Founder/Chairman, Code 2040
    Ari Wallach, CEO, Synthesis Corp.
    Padmasree Warrior, CEO, NextEV USA; Former CTSO, Cisco
    Laura Weidman Powers, Co-Founder/CEO, Code2040
    Kevin Weil, Head of Product, Instagram
    Phil Weiser, Hatfield Professor of Law, University of Colorado and Executive Director of the Silicon Flatirons Center
    Daniel J. Weitzner, Principal Research Scientist, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Emily White, Entrepreneur; Former COO, Snapchat
    Ev Williams, Founder/CEO, Medium; Co-Founder Twitter, Blogger
    Monique Woodward, Venture Partner, 500 Startups
    Steve Wozniak, Co-Founder, Apple
    Tim Wu, Professor of Law, Columbia University
    Andrew Yang, Founder/CEO, Venture for America
    Arielle Zuckerberg, Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers