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White House issues official list of technical elite

A one-hour White House meeting to discuss healthcare.gov and NSA surveillance. The attendees:

Tim Cook, CEO, Apple
Dick Costolo, CEO, Twitter
Chad Dickerson, CEO, Etsy
Reed Hastings, Co-Founder & CEO, Netflix
Drew Houston, Founder & CEO, Dropbox
Marissa Mayer, President and CEO, Yahoo!
Burke Norton, Chief Legal Officer, Salesforce
Mark Pincus, Founder, Chief Product Officer & Chairman, Zynga
Shervin Pishevar, Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Sherpa Global*
Brian Roberts, Chairman & CEO, Comcast
Erika Rottenberg, Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, LinkedIn
Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook
Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman, Google
Brad Smith, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Microsoft
Randall Stephenson, Chairman & CEO, AT&T

Sherpa Global looks like a garden variety body shop. I think Sherpa is meant; Golden Sacks-connected VC firm. A mixed bag, to say the least.

Maybe one of these high-powered executives could ask Obama how he could possibly not have known that heatlhcare.gov was fucked; or else how he got our famously free press to buy his story.

NOTE And, oh yeah, the money:

Some of the Silicon Valley officials who met with the president Tuesday were generous donors to his 2012 reelection bid: Yahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer raised between $100,000 and $200,000, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, while Shervin Pishevar, co-founder and co-CEO of Sherpa Global, raised more than $500,000. And Mark Pincus, Zynga’s chief product officer and chairman,gave $1 million to Priorities USA Action, the super PAC affiliated with Obama.

More broadly, the employees and family members of the 15 firms represented at the meeting gave an average of $356,000 per company to Obama, according to the Sunlight Foundation.

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Submitted by Cujo359 on

No one like Vint Cerf or Bruce Schneier on that list, of course. Only people who have made a lot of money on the Internet have an expert opinion about it.

Yet another example of why our government's problem-solving process is so isolated from the reality most of us live in.