Here are a few interesting articles and blogs from Technologists on Trump!
A serial founder on Trump: “He’s a startup that disrupted the establishment”
Fabrice Grinda, a longtime New Yorker, has helped create hundreds of jobs for Americans and others. Among the companies he has started is OLX, one of the largest free classifieds sites in the world — one that was acquired over time by the African conglomerate Naspers for $250 million.
Grinda more recently co-founded Beepi, the peer-to-peer used car marketplace based in California; Rebagg, a New York-based platform that buys high-end luxury bags from their owners for cash; and Instacarro, a Sao Paulo, Brazil-based car-buying service that will buy individuals’ cars for cash in an hour’s time.
Grinda and longtime business partner, Jose Marin, also plug between $15 million and $20 million of their own capital into startups each year through their joint vehicle, FJ Labs.
Read the rest at… TechCrunch
Trump promises to bring back manufacturing jobs, but robots won’t let him
For Americans struggling with stagnant wages, under- or un-employment, one of Donald Trump’s most appealing campaign promises was to bring manufacturing jobs back to the U.S.
Navigating the complexities of policy, tariffs and geopolitics would make that hard enough already for the president elect. But technology will make this promise nearly impossible to fulfill.
Why? Because manufacturing jobs are increasingly done by robots, not people.
Robotics have already helped reduce reliance on labor overseas for manufacturers in automotive, electrical and electronics industries, according to a fresh policy report from the United Nations Conference on Trade & Development.
Read the rest at… TechCrunch
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella tried to find something nice to say about the election
Yesterday, the US voted to elect Donald Trump as its next president, and no shortage of tech industry figures have taken time today to publicly melt down in interviews with the press and on Twitter. Venture capitalist Shervin Pishevar wants California to secede and Slack CEO Stuart Butterfield said he was “heartbroken.” Meanwhile, Facebook is on the defensive, refusing to acknowledge that its algorithmic News Feed may have had an adverse effect on the public’s ability to digest unbiased information during the election cycle.
Over in Redmond, Microsoft is just being Microsoft. In a statement posted to LinkedIn this afternoon, CEO Satya Nadella provided perhaps the safest series of thoughts one could possibly have about the outcome of last night’s race and the prospective path of the country. It began with the revelation that, “Yesterday we witnessed the democratic process in action here in the US.” Indeed we did, Satya. An election was had. There was a winner, and a loser. Votes were cast, and some counted earlier than others.
Read the rest at…TheVerge
Net-Neutrality Rules Could Be Eased Under Donald Trump, Some Say
Donald Trump’s presidential election victory has increased the chances that President Barack Obama’s landmark net-neutrality rules could be rolled back, some telecom investors and experts said Wednesday.
Read the rest at … the Wall Street Journal
Here’s the memo eBay’s CEO just sent to staff in the wake of Donald Trump’s surprise victory
EBay CEO Devin Wenig has largely avoided discussing the U.S. presidential election in public.
But in the wake of Donald Trump’s surprise victory on Tuesday, Wenig sent out a company-wide note — which Recode got its hands on — to eBay’s global staff on Wednesday,
In it, Wenig acknowledged the “sense of fear and disruption caused by the impact that changing economic trends, including technology innovation, are having on people’s lives.” He then made the case for eBay as a tech platform that erases boundaries rather than builds them.
Wenig highlighted that eBay was founded by an immigrant, the French-born entrepreneur Pierre Omidyar, in a not-so-veiled nod to the anti-immigrant push that galvanized Trump’s base. The CEO also noted that employees of all backgrounds are critical to the success of a global company like eBay.
Read the rest at … Recode