Naina KhedekarJul 15, 2016 12:39:47 IST
Donald Trump is a well known figure. While people may or may not like him, over 100 tech entrepreneurs have made their intentions quite clear on how they stand against Donald Trump’s divisive candidacy.
An open letter signed by many of these entrepreneurs which include Twitter co-founder Ev Williams, Box's Aaron Levie, Flickr's Caterina Fake, Qualcomm's Irwin Jacobs and Samsung's Richard D. Titus among others, have called him a 'disaster to innovation'. "We have listened to Donald Trump over the past year and we have concluded: Trump would be a disaster for innovation," the letter reads.
His comments have irked people all through the year, and all that he has said until now has a broader effect on the tech industry. Gathered from the comments and speeches he made in the past one year, the letter talks about how his vision is against open exchange of ideas, free movement of people, and productive engagement with the outside world. "This will be critical to the economy and for what provides the foundation for innovation and growth," the letter reads.
America owes its growth to diversity. Attracting people from societies across the globe "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," the letter says. It notes how 40 percent of Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants or their children. On the other hand, Donald Trump is known for taking jibes with ethnic and racial stereotypes. He repeatedly insults women, and is known to be hostile to immigration. "He has promised a wall, mass deportations, and profiling," the report points out.
There is more than just that why he is threat to tech innovations. Trump has also proposed “shutting down” parts of the Internet as a security strategy. This demonstrates both poor judgment and ignorance about how technology works. The letter backs this by saying, "His penchant to censor extends to revoking press credentials and threatening to punish media platforms that criticize him."
Needless to say, governments are known to play important role in the technology economy by investing in infrastructure, education and scientific research. "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," adds the letter.
This letter isn't surprising as earlier in March, we heard about what sounded like a dramatic plot from a movie with words like secret meeting, isolated island and assorted billionaires strewn around. Add to that Republican senators, biggest tech companies and Donald trump, and it could get all the more interesting. The meeting reportedly included Apple CEO Tim Cook, Google co-founder Larry Page, Sean Parker, and Elon Musk, among others. The closed meeting reportedly had dignitaries discuss how to stop Donald Trump from getting nominated.
Trump has got the whole worried right now. Trump is said to a potential threat for distorting markets, reducing exports, and slowing job creation.
Watch out this video, wherein TEAME, a tea company from India has sent him natural green tea and a message:
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