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Tech stars hit YouTube for Obama

2012-10-19 22:14

San Francisco - Luminaries from the tech sector launched the first in a series of online videos supporting President Barack Obama on Friday, in the latest effort of the "Tech for Obama" group.

A two-minute YouTube video touting "innovation" included comments from a dozen tech executives including Craigslist founder Craig Newmark, LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman and others, one of several videos for Obama.

"I believe President Obama understands the conditions necessary to foster innovation in our country," Entelo founder Jon Bischke says in the video.

"He believes that we have to take this country forward and innovation is the only way," said Rusty Rueff of the Grammy Foundation.

Hoffman adds: "I support Obama because I've personally seen how much he cares about innovation and how much he cares about constructing the future that we all want to have."

Several dozen tech executives have lent their names to the "T4O" group, including Salesforce chief Marc Benioff, venture capitalist Deepak Kamra and JLabs chief Judith Estrin.

Obama also has drawn support from Yahoo! chief executive Marissa Meyer, and has received contributions from people at Facebook, according to campaign donations watchdog Opensecrets.org.

Republican supporters in the tech sector include eBay CEO Meg Whitman and Cisco's John Chambers.

Comments
  • amanda.victor.92 - 2012-10-20 02:54

    What a joke. A bunch of Lefty out of touch'ers who think that Obama can correct what he's done to the country the last 4 years! Naked emperor comes to mind.

      pieterduplessis - 2012-10-20 08:22

      Yes, if only Bush 43 was still there to continue building the country up over his 8 years. I think all Americans are longing for those days.

      rob.bentley.16 - 2012-10-20 10:41

      Amanda - what has Obama done to the country, It was already wrecked when he took office, by non other than George Dubya, A trillion dollars in debt plus the cost of two wars, American pollies love spending on Defence - but let their own people suffer, Obama is trying to fix what he Dubya wrecked, when Obama took office the American Unemployment was already sitting on about 8% -- Missy

      pieterduplessis - 2012-10-20 10:46

      Well Casters, I know it might be sometimes difficult for emotional people like you, but the facts are as follows: The decision to retire the space ships was taken long time ago before Obama. Green technology is the future. Within the RNC they are still debating about allowing contraceptions, how to "handle" gays, buying guns all over the place. Not to difficult to see who is still living in the 50's and who is living in the future. Not to difficult to see where you are also still living. Most tech heads as per the above article has decided.

      pieterduplessis - 2012-10-20 12:27

      Ag sjame Caster, you are getting every statement and assumption wrong.

      Odicito - 2012-10-20 18:19

      Caster, you are commenting on all posts and mostly insulting people, class. Why do you care about American politics so much that you are getting all emotional? Calm down, have a cup of tea!

  • daniel.machet - 2012-10-20 03:56

    I'm surprised he still enjoys the support of techies after the whole wikileaks episode (not that I expect the republicans would have handled it differently)

      pieterduplessis - 2012-10-20 10:36

      www.americanthinker.com Have not visited it, but I must say the name of the site lets me think of the words: Military Intelligence.

  • rob.bentley.16 - 2012-10-20 10:36

    MMmmmmmm I notice there are no comment regarding the Mess George W left the American Economy in..Took GW 8 years to wreck and Obama is expected to fix it in 4 ......Plus Not to mention 2 Wars,,,,,,WHAT A JOKE

  • rigel.bernard - 2012-10-20 12:03

    its lobbying, when obama uses their technology platforms it bring people to their companies, so they might as well support him

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