US President-elect Donald Trump doesn’t strike as one who knows – or cares – a lot about space, science, and technology. Since the announcement of Trump’s victory, there have been a lot of headlines about a possible catastrophic impact of the upcoming Trump presidency on space and sci/tech in the US. However, a smart businessman – and Trump is one – knows that he must have competent advisers for issues on which he is ignorant, or uninterested.
In a speech at the National Press Club on October 31, billionaire businessman and tech pioneer Peter Thiel defended his controversial decision, which has caused intense debate and earned Thiel the wrath of Silicon Valley liberal elites, to back Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Silicon Valley is on fire because venture capitalist Peter Thiel, after speaking in support of Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention, is donating $1.25 million to Trump’s campaign through a combination of super PAC donations and funds given directly to the campaign, The New York Times reported.
Project Include, led by Former Reddit CEO Ellen Pao, is breaking off its relationship with start-up incubator Y Combinator (YC) in protest against Thiel’s association with YC as part-time partner.
“While all of us believe in the ideas of free speech and open platforms, we draw a line here,” says Pao. “We agree that people shouldn’t be fired [...]