Disbelief, hope and a plan for California’s secession: How the tech industry is reacting to Trump’s win

It was an industry that united against Donald Trump, with dozens of executives penning open letters against the Republican candidate, dozens more publicly disavowing a longtime colleague and Trump supporter, and business leaders digging deep into their coffers in support of the Hillary Clinton campaign.

To the optimistic eye of Silicon Valley, Trump’s platform of fear-mongering, xenophobia and sexism went against everything the tech sector believes it stands for.

Where Trump took a hard-line stance on immigration, the tech industry had long lobbied for immigration reform that would make it easier for foreign workers — who play vital roles at many firms —  to obtain work permits in the U.S.

Where Trump disparaged women and people from under-represented groups, Silicon Valley leaders saw a candidate out of line with the industry’s newfound commitment to diversity and inclusiveness.

When influential venture capital and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel endorsed Trump, some in the industry sought to distance themselves from him. 

The tech world’s anti-Trump stance resonated among Los Angeles companies too, where not a single dollar went to Trump’s campaign from workers at 13 notable start-ups.

So when Trump took the lead on Tuesday night, Silicon Valley’s executives, venture capitalists and workers, understandably, didn’t take it well.

There was disbelief:


Anger, frustration and mourning:


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