Tech Leaders Announce Support For Barack Obama

CHICAGO, IL - Technology leaders across the nation today endorsed Barack Obama the day after he unveiled his innovation agenda at Google headquarters. These entrepreneurs, academics, and innovators are drivers in the effort to recapture American competitiveness.

“Senator Obama not only understands good tech policy, but he also understands the best policy so that tech can do some good,” said Lawrence Lessig, founder of Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society. “By committing to opening government data, an Obama administration would provide all of us the tools we need to make government work for us, and not for the special interests that flourish in the shadows of a nontransparent government.”

"I want my kids to grow up in an Obama America - an America in which, as Barack Obama has said, we stop setting settling for what the cynics say we have to accept and reach for what we know is possible,” said Julius Genachowski, Co-founder and Managing Director of Rock Creek Ventures. “An America with a President who will summon the nation to a common purpose, who will lead not by polls, but by principle; not by calculation, but by conviction; a President who will combat the common threats of the 21st century - nuclear weapons and terrorism; climate change and poverty; genocide and disease. This is what Barack Obama has promised - they are his words. And as someone fortunate enough to know him for two decades, watching him gather extensive real-word experience and a record of great judgment, I am completely confident he will deliver on his promise."

A full list of the technology leaders endorsing Barack Obama is below:

Stuart Benjamin, Professor of Law, Duke University

Robert Blackwell, Founder and CEO, Electronic Knowledge Interchange Consulting

Joseph Farrell, Professor of Economics, University of California, Berkeley; Chief Economist, Federal Communications Commission (1996-97); Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Economics (chief economist), Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice (2000-02)

Lloyd Frink, President and Co-Founder, Zillow

Julius Genachowski, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Rock Creek Ventures; former Chief of Business Operations & General Counsel, IAC/InterActiveCorp; former Chief Counsel to FCC Chairman Reed Hundt

Don Gips, Executive Vice President, Corporate Development, Level 3 Communications; former Chief Domestic Policy Advisor to Vice President Gore

Rob Glaser, Founder and CEO, Real Networks

Mark Gorenberg, Managing Director, Hummer Winblad Venture Partners

Nick Hanauer, Partner, Second Avenue Partners; Founder, aQuantive

Adam Hanft, Founder and CEO, Hanft Unlimited

Reed Hundt, Former Chairman, Federal Communications Commission (1993-97)

Mitch Kapor, President, Kapor Enterprises; Founder, Lotus Development Corp.

Jed Katz, Managing Director, DFJ Gotham Ventures

Michael Katz, Professor, NYU and UC Berkeley; former Chief Economist, FCC; former Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Economics (chief economist), Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice

William Kennard, Former Chairman, Federal Communications Commission (1997-2001)

Deborah Lathen, President, Lathen Consulting; former Chief, Cable Bureau, FCC

Steve Lerner, Managing Partner, Blue Hill Group

Lawrence Lessig, Professor of Law, Stanford University

Blair Levin, Managing Director, Stifel Nicholas; former Chief of Staff, FCC

Andrew McLaughlin, Director, Global Public Policy and Government Affairs, Google

Ted Meisel, Elevation Partners

Jon Miller, Former Chairman and CEO, American Online, Inc.

Glenn Neland, Retired Senior Vice President, Dell

Robert Nelsen, Managing Director and Co-Founder, ARCH Venture Partners

Craig Newmark, Founder, Craigslist

Beth Noveck, Professor of Law, New York Law School

Chamath Palihapitiya, Executive Vice President, Product and Operations, Facebook

Deven Parekh, Partner, Insight Venture Partners

Sunil Paul, Founding Partner, Spring Ventures; Co-Founder, Brightmail

John Place, Retired General Counsel, Yahoo!, Inc.

Jeff Pulver, Founder, pulver.com

Arti Rai, Professor of Law, Duke University

John Roos, CEO, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Alec Ross, Senior Vice President, One Economy

Kim Scott, AdSense Director of Online Sales and Operations, Google

Carl Shapiro, Professor of Business Strategy, UC Berkeley; Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Economics (chief economist), Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice (1995-96)

Howard Shelanski, Professor of Law, UC Berkeley; former Chief Economist, FCC

Steven Spinner, Executive, Danoo

Phil Weiser, Professor of Law and Telecommunications, University of Colorado

Kevin Werbach, Asst. Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Tom Wheeler, Managing Director, Core Capital Partners

Tim Wu, Professor of Law, Columbia University

Ed Zander, CEO, Motorola




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