President Obama will meet Tuesday with executives from leading tech companies – including some notable Bay Area names – to discuss progress made in addressing the glitches and breakdowns that plagued the HealthCare.gov website, a White House official said Monday.
In addition to talking about the botched rollout of the website – the portal connecting people seeking individual insurance policies under the nation’s new health care law – Obama and the tech executives will discuss how government can better deliver information technology “to maximize innovation, efficiency and customer service,” the official said.
Also on the agenda: “national security and the economic impacts of unauthorized intelligence disclosures,” and ways that the Obama administration can partner with the tech sector “to grow the economy, create jobs and address issues around income inequality and social mobility.”
Here’s the list of tech executives expected at the meeting:
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
Mountain View-based Google is taking some heat for hosting a fundraiser for a U.S. Senator who is an outspoken disbeliever in man-made climate change, despite the company’s green rhetoric.
Google’s Washington, D.C., office will host a lunch Thursday, at $250 to $2,500 per plate, to benefit U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., just a month after Google chairman Eric Schmidt said those who deny climate change and global warming are liars.
Climate-change activists plan to picket outside in order to “remind people of Google’s professed culture of ethics, environmental stewardship, and respect for scientific truth which help make Google products so popular,” according to a news release. “They’ll also remind people of Sen. Jim Inhofe’s long record of unethical environmental destruction and promotion of anti-scientific conspiracy theories on behalf of the likes of Koch Industries, his biggest corporate funder.”
The protestors say they’ll deliver 10,000 signatures of people from across the nation calling on Google CEO Larry Page to end his company’s support for politicians like Inhofe.
“We regularly host fundraisers for candidates, on both sides of the aisle, but that doesn’t mean we endorse all of their positions,” a Google spokesperson replied to my email Wednesday. “And while we disagree on climate change policy, we share an interest with Senator Inhofe in the employees and data center we have in Oklahoma.”
President-elect Barack Obama meets today in Chicago with his Transition Economic Advisory Board, tasked with helping the incoming Administration develop policies to respond to the economic crisis. At the table will be three Bay Area figures:
former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, now a professor the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley;