Tech Leaders Decry Trump Presidency, See “Disaster” for Innovation


With the stage set for next week’s Republican National Convention, a group of tech leaders says the party’s presumptive nominee,  Donald J. Trump, would be a “disaster for innovation” if elected.

More than 140 representatives of companies such as Twitter, Yelp, Facebook, Instagram, eBay, Google and Wikipedia -- along with researchers and inventors -- listed why they believe a Trump presidency would be bad for tech business in an open letter posted July 14 on Medium, an online publishing platform.

“We believe in an inclusive country that fosters opportunity, creativity and a level playing field,” the letter said. “Donald Trump does not.” A disclaimer noted that individuals signed on their personal behalf.  

Trump's anti-immigration ideas would stifle the flow of entrepreneurs and ideas from around the globe, and his proposals for “shutting down” parts of the internet for security reasons show a lack of understanding about how technology works, the group said. Forty percent of Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants or their children, the letter said, citing a 2011 Partnership for a New American Economy report.