Donald Trump’s business adviser team has no Silicon Valley names in it

Call it a case of karma.

For the most part, Silicon Valley leaders, investors and bigwigs did their best to either distance themselves from Donald Trump, or flat out campaign against the now president-elect during the presidential campaign.

Some went further than others, like Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskowitz, who gave $20 million to Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Venture capital firm Charles River Ventures arguably went over the taste barrier when it changed its home page during the summer to read “F*ck Trump.”

And now, it seems like Silicon Valley is getting a taste of its own medicine, as least when it comes to Trump’s┬áStrategic and Policy Forum.

The group, which is composed of 16 well-known business leaders who will advise Trump on economic and business matters after the president-elect takes office in January, includes General Motors Chief Executive Mary Barra, JP Morgan Chase CEO James Dimon and former General Electric CEO Jack Welch.

But, there is nary a Tim Cook, a Larry Page or a Mark Zuckerberg on the list.

In fact, there’s only executive in the group from the tech sector: IBM CEO Ginni Rometty. The IBM chief penned an open letter to Trump almost three weeks ago in which she laid out a series of “suggestions” for the next president to take under consideration with regards to stimulating business growth and the economy. The only group member who is even close to Silicon Valley, at least in a physical sense, is probably Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger, whose company owns Emeryville’s Pixar Animation Studios.

The group doesn’t even include billionaire investor Peter Thiel, who spoke on Trump’s behalf at the Republican National Convention, nor former Zenefits CEO David Sacks. Thiel is said to be helping out with Trump’s transition efforts, while Sacks, who stepped down as Zenefits’ CEO late Friday, is reportedly going to join Trump’s transition team. However, a Zenefits spokesperson denied that Sacks left the company to work for the president-elect.

In any case, it looks like if Silicon Valley wants to knock at Trump’s soon-to-be-White House door, it might be awhile before the anyone answers.

Photo: Republican President-elect Donald Trump gives a thumbs up to the crowd during his acceptance speech at the New York Hilton Midtown in the early morning hours of Nov. 9, 2016 in New York City. There are no Silicon Valley executives or business leaders on Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images).


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  • SondraL

    Part of the reason may be that Mr. Trump wants to increase jobs for many Americans excluded from the “innovation economy”, and knows that the tech community is not interested in “ordinary Americans”.

    • Nelrod

      That’s a crock. More likely they don’t want to be associated with the pending disaster that’s the Trump administration.

  • SondraL

    Two different issues. Read the article in The New Yorker about tech’s lack of empathy. Fortunately I have to get back to work.