President Obama Meets With Silicon Valley Elite

February 17, 2011

6:58 pm

Technology and innovation have been at the top of President Barack Obama’s agenda the last few months, starting with his State of the Union address and followed swiftly by the launch of Startup America. Interesting timing since this past week, President Obama rolled out the latest budget. Given that the US National debt now equals the entire United States economy – for the first time in history – the President has his work cut out for him and it appears it could be a great time to connect with the upper echelon of Silicon Valley money makers and job creators.

While we haven’t been privy to their agenda, President Obama’s trip to Silicon Valley today reinforces his message around technology, innovation and American startups.

The unofficial list of executives attending (not yet released by the White House) includes:

  • John Doerr, partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
  • Carol Bartz, president and chief executive officer, Yahoo
  • John Chambers, C.E.O. and chairman, Cisco Systems
  • Dick Costolo, C.E.O, Twitter
  • Larry Ellison, co-founder and C.E.O., Oracle
  • Reed Hastings, C.E.O., Netflix
  • John Hennessy, president, Stanford University
  • Steve Jobs, chairman and C.E.O., Apple
  • Art Levinson, chairman and former C.E.O., Genentech
  • Eric Schmidt, chairman and C.E.O., Google
  • Steve Westly, managing partner and founder, The Westly Group
  • Mark Zuckerberg, president, and C.E.O., Facebook

That is one heck of a meeting. I wonder if there will be tours in store for the president… perhaps a latte at the Blue Bottle Cafe, a drive down Sand Hill Road?

Despite the agenda, we are excited to see former Chicagoan and longtime Tech Cocktail supporter Dick Costolo on the list. It is also worth noting that the NYTimes is reporting that President Obama will be headed up to Oregon next to visit an Intel plant. I wonder if they will let him make some chips?

Intel Fab Hillsboro, Oregon

Intel Fab Hillsboro, Oregon

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Frank Gruber is the cofounder, CEO and Executive Editor of Tech.Co (formerly Tech Cocktail). He is the author of the book, Startup Mixology, Tech Cocktail’s Guide to Building, Growing, and Celebrating Startup Success. He is also a startup advisor and investor to startups. Find Frank Gruber online and follow him on Twitter at @FrankGruber.

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