US Presidential election results saw Donald Trump emerge victorious and he will be in sworn in as the forty-fifth President of the country in January 2017. Trump has been pushing for an ‘American-centric’ approach throughout his campaign, and has announced plans to push for higher corporate taxes for companies that have been outsourcing their jobs to countries like India, China among others. There are a lot of unknowns as to what a Trump presidency would bring to America or the rest of the world.
Whether they like it or not, CEOs of big technology companies in America now have to accept a Trump presidency. While top names like Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos have been silent post the results, others like Nadella and Zuckerberg have commented on the results. Here are the top reactions from Silicon Valley on Trump’s victory.
Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg
Zuckerberg’s post takes a middle path approach on the election results without actually mentioning Donald Trump. The Facebook CEO wrote, “Holding Max, I thought about all the work ahead of us to create the world we want for our children. This work is bigger than any presidency and progress does not move in a straight line. The most important opportunities of Max’s generation — like curing all disease, improving education, connecting everyone and promoting equal opportunity — will take long term focus and finding new ways for all of us to work together, sometimes over decades. We are all blessed to have the ability to make the world better, and we have the responsibility to do it. Let’s go work even harder.”
Apple CEO Tim Cook
In a memo Cook wrote to Apple employees (obtained by Buzzfeed), the CEO has asked the workers to encourage and reassure any colleague who is feeling anxious post the elections. Here is an excerpt of the memo-
“We have a very diverse team of employees, including supporters of each of the candidates. Regardless of which candidate each of us supported as individuals, the only way to move forward is to move forward together. While there is discussion today about uncertainties ahead, you can be confident that Apple’s North Star hasn’t changed. Our company is open to all, and we celebrate the diversity of our team here in the United States and around the world — regardless of what they look like, where they come from, how they worship or who they love.”
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella
Satya Nadella, in a LinkedIn post said he looks forward to working with all those elected yesterday. “Yesterday we witnessed the democratic process in action here in the US. The results are of importance around the world, and I know that interest is shared among Microsoft employees. We congratulate the president-elect, and look forward to working with all those elected yesterday. Our commitment to our mission and values are steadfast, and in particular fostering a diverse and inclusive culture. With that in mind and looking to the future, Brad Smith today outlined in a blog Microsoft’s thoughts and recommendations for the new Administration and Congress,” said Nadella.
Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith
Brad Smith took to Microsoft blogpost to echo his thoughts on the US election. He raised four issues as the company prepares to work with the new administration. “As a company, Microsoft joins many others in congratulating President-elect Donald J. Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence. As a company, we also look forward to working with the new administration and Congress on issues of common concern.”
“As we think about the future, we know we don’t have all the answers, but four issues rise near the top as we think about the country and information technology,” Smith added.
Salesforce Chairman and CEO Marc Benioff
Marc Benioff congratulated Trump in a tweet. “Congratulations President Trump. This is what makes America great—our democracy. Now is the time for us to come together as one country,” he said. Check out the tweet here:
Congratulations President Trump. This is what makes America great—our democracy. Now is the time for us to come together as one country.
— Marc Benioff (@Benioff) November 9, 2016
Silicon Valley investor Peter Thiel
Peter Thiel, in a statement sent to Business Insider said, “Congratulations to President-elect Donald Trump. He has an awesomely difficult task, since it is long past time for us to face up to our country’s problems. We’re going to need all hands on deck.”
The New York Times quoted Thiel saying, “A page in the book of history has turned and there is an opening to think about some of our problems from a new perspective.” Thiel added he’ll try to help the president in any way he can. Thiel has donated to the Trump campaign in the past.
AOL co-founder Steve Case
Case tweeted out saying he was both surprised and disappointed at Trump’s victory. “I am surprised & disappointed. But now that the people have spoken, we should accept the result & work together to move the country forward,” Case tweeted.
I am surprised & disappointed. But now that the people have spoken, we should accept the result & work together to move the country forward.
— Steve Case (@SteveCase) November 9, 2016
The reaction of Silicon Valley executives on Trump’s victory were mixed. However, all seem to agree their companies need to work hand-in-hand with the new elected government to take development forward.