Silicon Valley: The New Home of Political Giants
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  • Philopoemen

    Zuckerberg himself recently hosted a fundraiser for New Jersey’s Republican Governor Chris Christie.

    Really?

    I didn’t hear anything about this in the news. That’s actually quite shocking.

    • I assume Christie has been involved in areas that Zuckerberg cares about; Christie seems to be interested in educational reform and Zuckerberg has already donated a lot of money (in the form of stock) to New Jersey’s school system. I wouldn’t be surprised if this was also a clever public relations ploy. If you support a Republican now, you can more easily wear the desirable mantle of “bipartisan” (or other equally innocuous descriptors) when you decide to show your ideological colors. (I can’t imagine many in the tech sector are fond of Republicans.)

  • Your last paragraph reads as an endorsement of crony capitalism. Those Washington collaborations are useful for fending off domestic as well as foreign challengers. Tech got where it is by being disruptive, DC abhors that state. Who do you think will win that one?

  • Anthony

    Chrystia Freeland in her new book “Plutocrats” provides perspective on the Nerds Rule phenomenon: Orphans of Capital and Aristocracy of Ideas.

  • gracepmc

    Years ago I approached a SV icon, now passed, about a political organization designed to help entrepreneurs and start ups and he coolly informed me (I am being polite about the exchange) that he was too busy building a business to be bothered with politics. Now crony capitalism is well settled in the VC community and growing with entrepreneurs of Zuckerberg’s ilk. And Google might as well be an arm of the Obama Administration. As for innovation — it will continue — but with increasing government “entanglement” a lot will be lost and not much of value gained.

  • mgoodfel

    “mix that makes Silicone Valley prosper”. Should be “Silicon.”

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