Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Crony Tech Sector Was in the House

The first meeting of the American Technology Council took place at the White House, yesterday,

Those on the list that were expected to be at the meeting were:

  • Ajay Banga, CEO of MasterCard

  • Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon

  • Zachary Bookman, CEO of OpenGov

  • Safra Catz, Co-Chief Executive of Oracle

  • Tim Cook, CEO of Apple

  • John Doerr, Chairman of Kleiner Perkins

  • Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VMware

  • Alex Karp, CEO of Palantir

  • Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel

  • Tom Leighton, CEO of Akamai

  • Bill McDermott, CEO of SAP

  • Steven Mollenkopf, CEO of Qualcomm

  • Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft

  • Shantanu Narayen, CEO of Adobe

  • Ginni Rometty, CEO of IBM

  • Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Alphabet

  • Julie Sweet, CEO of Accenture

  • Peter Thiel, Founders Fund

  • It is probably unfair to label this entire group crony. A couple may be at the meeting just to protect their corporations from aggressive government obstructions.

    But looking at the list does not result in any name jumping out at me as being there only for defensive reasons.

    I do, however, see a lot of opportunists in the bunch and one very bad corporate actor is in the bunch, the defense partner Palantir.


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