Trump’s Election Stunner: Tech and Life Sciences Leaders React

Still processing what this will mean for technology, business, society, and humanity—I guess it’s going to take a while. In the meantime, here are 10 notable reactions from around the Xconomy network, mostly via Twitter. As you might guess, they are a mix of outrage, resiliency, hope, rationalizing, grandstanding, and some calls for calm and reason (plus some calls to secede):

1. Spark Capital’s Bijan Sabet: “The idea that this was an anti establishment vote to serve the marginalized makes me so sick.”

2. Atlas Venture’s Michael Gilman: “One foot in front of the other this morning. That’s my plan.”

3. Founder Collective’s Parul Singh: “Elections have consequences. Ok, America. Time to learn what they are.”

4. New England Venture Capital Association’s Jody Rose: “I respect the office of the president and always will. It doesn’t change the fact that this is one of the saddest days of our life & time.”

5. Peter Thiel (via Business Insider): “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.”

6. Google’s Adam Singer: “Party is prob over for Silicon Valley for now Trump presidency means recession time. Startups and big companies alike in trouble. Sad.”

7. Hyperloop One’s Shervin Pisheva (pre-result): “If Trump wins I am announcing and funding a legitimate campaign for California to become its own nation.”

8. Makerbase’s Anil Dash: “I am not moving to Canada, not surprised by white supremacists & misogynists, and not afraid of Donald Trump. We have got to get to work.”

9. Mark Cuban: “We all need to give President-Elect Trump a chance. Support the good. Lobby against what we disagree on. No one is bigger than us all.”

10. Steve Case: “I am surprised & disappointed. But now that the people have spoken, we should accept the result & work together to move the country forward.”

And one bonus comment from Michael Greeley of Flare Capital Partners, via e-mail:

“Obviously shocking and likely to be a major set-back to the broader innovation agenda, to say nothing of the fear it [has] created with critical members of our society (minorities, women, the disabled, residents of both coasts). Given he has not shared any details about what he would actually do as President, I presume the impacts on healthcare, the environment, trade, etc will [be] problematic in the near to medium term (i.e., next four years). The collateral damage, which we have not even yet begun to process, will be awful – likely to have less tax compliance as a society, our standing in the world took a major hit, we have unleashed and endorsed a caustic media industry. My hope is that the close popular vote undermines any sense of a strong “mandate” and that he is simply unable to execute his stated campaign agenda as a crisp and competent CEO of the USA.”

Xconomy’s editors contributed to this report.

Gregory T. Huang is Xconomy's Deputy Editor, National IT Editor, and Editor of Xconomy Boston. E-mail him at gthuang [at] xconomy.com. Follow @gthuang

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