10 Top Election Tweets From Tech Executives5:38 PM EST Thu. Nov. 08, 2012
The Twitterverse was abuzz surrounding the 2012 presidential election, with technology executives weighing in pre- and post-election. From Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff's non-partisan call to end the Red-Blue divisiveness to entrepreneur Mark Cuban's incisive post election analysis, here are our favorite 2012 election Tweets.
Salesforce.com Chairman and CEO Marc Benioff, who bundled contributions totaling some $617,780 for the re-election of President Barack Obama, took a nonpartisan post-election stand with this Twitter post: "We are not red states or blue states. We are the United States. Gd bless us and show us the way forward."
In a pre-election Tweet, Kleiner Perkins Caufied & Byers Partner John Doerr, a one time member of President Barack Obama's Jobs and Competitiveness Council, tweeted simply a likeness of President Obama and himself with the tagline: "I'm With Obama." Post-election, Doerr Tweeted: "You can make it here in America. Not about what can be done for us ... But by us."
Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, who has 13 entries on the White House visitor's log during President Obama's first term, stayed away from a Twitter endorsement of President Obama. Instead, Schmidt urged Twitter followers: "Please vote today! And follow election on Google's election page."
Cleantech Venture Capitalist Steve Westly, the founder of The Westly Group who bundled campaign contributions totaling $438,700 for President Barack Obama, responded to the president's election night victory with the tweet: "Forward!"
GreenTech Automotive Chairman Terry McAuliffe, the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee who bundled campaign contributions totaling $581,050 for President Barack Obama, and was active on the campaign trail tweeting a photo of former President Bill Clinton and himself with the tagline: "In Roanoke w/ Pres Clinton supporting @BarackObama. Gotta keep Virginia BLUE!"
Entrepreneur Mark Cuban, who started his impressive entrepreneurial streak as a technology solution provider, tweeted his no nonsense blog titled "The Irony of The Presidential Election." It's a must read for anyone that is interested in business and politics. The bottom line: Obama was able to put together a better ground game "business plan" than the "far better business people Republicans." To quote Mr. Cuban: "Oh the irony."
Chris Hertz, the CEO of New Signature, one of the fastest growing technology solution providers in the country, tweeted this missive with a link to the Maryland ballot Question 6 election results: "So proud to live in #Maryland where we just passed #question6 and made a commitment to civil rights."
Peter Belyea, the president of CXtec, a Syracuse, N.Y., solution provider, urged his Twitter followers to vote with the rallying cry: "If you haven't done it do your civic duty and #Vote!" Then, referring to the $2 billion the two presidential candidates spent on the campaign, he retweeted the post: "And just think they spent close to $2 billion to end where we started!"
John Convery, the executive vice president of Denali Advanced Integration, the Redmond, Wash., solution provider that was No. 118 on the CRN 2012 SP500 list, tweeted: "Proud Moment - My wife and I voted today by absentee ballot in the State of Washington. I encourage all my contacts and all Americans to Vote."
Juniper Director of Cloud Computing Center Bryan Beal tweeted this missive following the election: "Regardless of your politics, one thing we can agree on is that the pundits who were CERTAIN Romney was going to win lost all credibility."