An all-star cast of tech industry leaders including Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, Google co-founder Larry Page, and Apple chief Tim cook will reportedly be meeting with President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday to discuss the topic of job creation in the United States. Top executives from Facebook, Oracle and Microsoft are also scheduled to be in attendance at Trump Tower in New York for the 2 p.m. meeting,
The invitation for Wednesday’s summit was issued by Trump’s chief of staff, Reince Priebus; Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner; and, transition team adviser and prominent venture capitalist, Peter Thiel. Thiel and Musk are friends from their time together at PayPal, which Thiel founded.
Sources close to the matter say Thiel, who sits on the Facebook board with Sandberg and is Trump’s main technology advisor, will spearhead a conversation with the executives about making the government more efficient through the use of technology. However, according to Forbes, the main focus of the meeting will be to discuss “bringing jobs to America”.
The tech industry had donated more heavily to Secretary Clinton’s bid for the White House than they had for the Trump campaign. His rhetoric and exclusionary immigration policies were some of the reasons why more than 140 tech leaders signed an open letter condemning the business mogul and former reality TV show star turned President-elect.
The list of “sorry, I can’t make it” tech leaders, reported by Recode, includes Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky , Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield, and Dropbox CEO Drew Houston. Prominent venture capitalists and entrepreneurs Marc Andreessen, Max Levchin, and Reid Hoffman are also not attending, the latter two of whom worked with Thiel at PayPal. Entrepreneur Mark Cuban has also declined the invitation, although he was recently photographed with Trump chief-of-staff Steve Bannon.