“At the top of the agenda when President-elect Donald J. Trump meets with tech leaders on Wednesday afternoon: jobs, jobs and more jobs,” David Streitfeld reports for The New York Times. “Other topics will come up too, depending on Mr. Trump’s whims. One likely possibility: the repatriation of offshore cash.”
“But mostly, it will be about jobs. The tech community has put its products in every home and pocket, generating enormous wealth along the way. But the companies employ relatively few people, and the wealth is concentrated in places like Silicon Valley and Seattle,” Streitfeld reports. “Changing this equation is the task of Peter Thiel, the tech investor who is now advising Mr. Trump.”
Those attending the meeting, which will be held at Trump Tower in Manhattan, include:
■ Timothy D. Cook of Apple
■ Ginni Rometty of IBM
■ Jeff Bezos of Amazon
■ Elon Musk of Tesla
■ Larry Page and Eric E. Schmidt of Alphabet
■ Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook
■ Safra A. Catz of Oracle
■ Brian M. Krzanich of Intel
■ Chuck Robbins of Cisco
■ Satya Nadella of Microsoft
“Apple has already drawn the president-elect’s scrutiny over jobs. “’One of the things that will be a real achievement for me is when I get Apple to build a big plant in the United States, or many big plants in the United States,’ Mr. Trump said in late November,” Streitfeld reports. “On Monday, in what perhaps could be seen as a pre-emptive strike, Apple was revealed to be negotiating a major investment in a technology fund celebrated by Mr. Trump last week for its jobs-making potential. Apple has held discussions about potentially participating in a $100 billion fund to be run by the Japanese conglomerate SoftBank.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Oh, to be a fly on the wall of that meeting!