In politics, there are no permanent foes, and so seems to be the case in business. Tech leaders like Tim Cook and Jeff Bezos have publicly expressed their opposition to Donald Trump and most of them actively supported and campaigned for Hillary Clinton. Donald Trump even asked to his supporters to boycott Apple products, things had come to such a pass.
But come December 14, 2016, Google/Alphabet CEO Larry Page, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and the others in the list of who’s who in the American tech world will be attending a technology summit with President-elect Donald Trump. Even Jeff Bezos, whose Amazon.com owns Washington Post, one of the most vocal opponents of Donald Trump, has been sent an invitation and the speculation is that he will also be attending the summit.
The post-election hostility still exists, as quoted in this Recode post:
“Look, this is obviously a circus,” said one person close to the situation. “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.”
The point is, the ship has long sailed and it is settled that Donald Trump, whether people like it or not, is going to be in the White House at least for the next four years. And since business and political interests are intertwined, sooner or later people will have to come at a common platform and talk to each other, despite the initial snobbishness. There are plenty of signs that Donald Trump has mellowed down and is ready to take the necessary conciliatory steps. Now is the turn of his opponent to show some level of maturity and reciprocate.