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December 12, 2016

Trump to hold talks with tech titans – but who are the big names not attending?

Meeting is likely designed to build bridges with the tech industry.

By James Nunns

President-elect Donald Trump is set to meet the CEO’s of some of the world’s largest tech companies this week.

Among the list of those invited to attend are the likes of Alphabet CEO Larry Page, Apple CEO Tim Cook and the COO of Facebook Sheryl Sandberg.

According to a report from Recode others likely to attend will be Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, and Oracle CEO Safra Catz.

“I plan to tell the President-elect that we are with him and will help in any way we can,” said Catz in a statement. “If he can reform the tax code, reduce regulation and negotiate better trade deals, the U.S. technology industry will be stronger and more competitive than ever.”

According to sources the likes of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezon and SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk have also been invited but it is unknown whether they will be attending.

The gathering is set to take place on Wednesday at Trump Tower in New York City.

The purpose of the meeting has not been revealed but it is likely designed to try and build bridges between Trump and the tech community.

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Donald Trump in the past called for a boycott of Apple products on Twitter.

Donald Trump in the past called for a boycott of Apple products on Twitter.

Trump has in the past been critical of the likes of Apple and has been an opponent to net neutrality and taken a hard stance on immigration, both of which are likely to have a big impact on the tech industry.

The tech community at large spoke up in favour of Hilary Clinton during the election.

While a number of CEO’s from the largest tech companies in the US will likely be in attendance, there are also some that won’t be.

The likes of the CEO of Salesforce Marc Benioff and HPE CEO Meg Whitman are reported to not be attending while others included in that list are Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky, and Dropbox CEO Drew Houston.

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