On Thursday in San Francisco, U.S. President
Barack Obama plans to hold meetings with some of the tech industry's top names.
According to the White House Press secretary [press release], "In the evening, the
President will meet with a number of business leaders in technology and
innovation at a private residence. The meeting is a part of our ongoing
dialogue with the business community on how we can work together to win the
future, strengthen our economy, support entrepreneurship, and get the American
people back to work. The President and the business leaders will discuss our
shared goal of promoting American innovation and discuss his commitment to new
investments in research and development, education and clean energy."
Among those leaders he will be speaking with is
Eric Schmidt. Though Mr. Schmidt will be stepping down as Google's CEO later
this year, he has orchestrated a brilliant smartphone campaign, propelling
Google to the top
spot in sales worldwide on an OS basis.
Mr. Schmidt has never been afraid to voice his
mind. Recently he expressed strong support of Google executive Wael
Ghonim, who used the company's influence and technology to help
Egyptian protestors to successfully organize and oust
president/dictator Hosni Mubarak.
Another key tech figure meeting with the president
will be Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Despite public outcry over
privacy problems and a less than favorable depiction in the recent blockbuster The
Social Network, Mr. Zuckerberg remains perhaps the tech industry's most
influential under-30 player.
And Mr. Obama is also expected to meet with Apple
founder Steve Jobs. If you've heard the National Enquirer's predictions of his impending demise, it appears
they may be a bit off the mark.
Mr. Jobs, currently
on medical leave, should be plenty healthy to talk to the president.
He should be returning to familiar territory for the meeting. San
Francisco is his typical stomping ground for product announcements.
The meeting will be the second between
the President and Mr. Jobs on the economy in the past several months.
Last, but not least, the president is expected to
meet with his chairman of the new White House Council on Jobs and
Competitiveness, GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt.