President-elect Donald Trump is meeting the IT honchos known as “Technology Roundtable” on Wednesday, December 14th, reportedly organized in part by Paypal co-founder and Trump supporter Peter Thiel.
The list of invitees include Alphabet (Google) CEO Larry Page; Apple CEO Tim Cook; Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella; Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg; Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins; IBM CEO Ginni Rommetty; Intel CEO Brian Krzanich; and Oracle CEO Safra Catz. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos may also join, though Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said he wasn’t invited.
During the election campaign, Cook and Page were allegedly involved in early discussions of how to stop Trump’s nomination, while Apple came under criticism by Trump for manufacturing its phones in China and refusing to provide security backdoors to law enforcement. Bezos was engaged in a running battle with Trump throughout the campaign and described Trump as “eroding our democracy.”
Other IT people invited for the roundtable include Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, IT investor and Shark Tank fame Mark Cuban, HP CEO Meg Whitman, and Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff.