President-elect Donald Trump is hosting an invitation-only technology summit on December 14th and Apple CEO Tim Cook, along with Alphabet CEO Larry Page, are reportedly attending. The event will be hosted at Trump Tower in Manhattan and will include several other tech industry leaders, although exactly what will be discussed is still unclear.
Along with Mr. Cook and Mr Page, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty, Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins, Intel CEO Brian Kzranich, and Oracle CEO Safra Catz are said to be attending, according to Recode. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos will most likely be there, too, but Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, Dropbox CEO Drew Houston, and Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield declined their invitations for various reasons.
Interestingly, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey didn’t get an invitation even though the social networking service is Mr. Trump’s platform of choice for airing his complaints about the media and politicians.
Considering several people on the list supported Hillary Clinton, or at least were opposed to Donald Trump during the presidential election, the primary topic won’t be “thanks for being on my team.” Mr. Trump could be using the event to open a dialog with tech industry leaders, which may be what the attendees are hoping for. Alternately, Mr. Trump could be planning to deliver an ultimatum detailing exactly what he expects from the companies during his term as president.
Regardless of what Mr. Trump has planned, at least some aren’t overly optimistic. One insider told Recode,
Look, this is obviously a circus. Everyone in tech just wants to be invisible right now when it comes to this administration, but has to participate since we have done it before.
For those who are attending, this could be an opportunity to share what would help entice them to bring new jobs into the United States—something Mr. Trump touted during his campaign. Most likely, that’ll include talk about tax reforms.
Odds are we’ll know more Wednesday afternoon after Mr. Trump’s technology summit meeting wraps up.