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Why the biggest names in tech met at Trump Tower today

Kai Ryssdal and Molly Wood Dec 14, 2016
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(L-R) Amazon's chief Jeff Bezos, Larry Page of Alphabet, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Vice President-elect Mike Pence, President-elect Donald Trump, Peter Thiel, co-founder and former CEO of PayPal, Tim Cook of Apple and Safra Catz of Oracle attend a meeting at Trump Tower December 14, 2016 in New York. 
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Everybody who’s anybody in tech (almost) made the schlep to Trump Tower at the corner of 56th and 5th in Manhattan today for a meeting with the president-elect.

During the campaign, tech writ large and the incoming administration got off to a not-great start. The last time we talked about a potential tech policy under President-elect Trump, we ended up focusing largely on the lack thereof.

Kai Ryssdal spoke with Marketplace’s  Senior Tech Correspondent Molly Wood to get some context.

On why tech leaders attended: 

Well, you know, tech, as we have talked about on this show has been the one topic that is conspicuously absent from the President-elect’s agenda. He has not spoken much about it. It is obviously a huge driver of the economy and the future of the world… I’m sure some of these tech leaders would argue that. So I think they’re there to find out what the future has in-store for them.

One thing I will point out is that every tech CEO who is attending — near as I can tell — is a CEO of a publicly traded company. You could argue that they have a responsibility to their shareholders to find out what the future holds for their companies.

Click the audio player above to hear the full interview.

 

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