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Trump is bad for tech. But the tech industry isn’t all that good either.

Maeve McQuillan
Published on April 10, 2017
President Trump has severely damaged America’s reputation in the world and his policies will damage the tech industry.

We asked 1,268 US and international tech founders, CEOs, investors and developers what they thought of  Trump’s first 100 days in office. And they weren’t kind.

They weren’t kind to the tech industry either though, and accused it of failing to act on fake news, sexism in the industry and climate change.

The Trump threat

Almost 90 percent of the people we asked reckon that America’s global reputation has been seriously damaged by Trump’s election – 88 percent US and 90 percent international agreeing on this.

And despite Trump’s claims to be good for business, only 18 percent say that he’ll be better for the world economy than Barack Obama.

Trump’s stance on immigration will significantly damage America’s ability to innovate, according to an overwhelming 85 percent of respondents –  around 80 percent of C-level executives believe this.

And Trump is considered the greatest threat to the tech industry. 
  1. President Trump – 38.5%
  2. China – 28%
  3. Working regulations – 20%
  4. Lack of funding – 15%
Barack was better for business, our survey said

Where’s the industry headed?

The overwhelming majority – 91 percent – of respondents said that the US government is fatally underprepared for the impact of AI and the resulting loss of millions of jobs. Meanwhile 79 percent said that workers in the gig economy should have the same rights as full-time employees.

The industry was split right down the middle on whether the US can maintain its predominant position in the international tech economy. Exactly 50 percent of respondents said the US will lose it to China in the next five years. 50 percent disagreed.

The tech industry is not without its faults, the survey found. Even before Trump came along – 88 percent said that Silicon Valley has failed to address sexism and misogyny in tech. A further 76 percent said it’s been complicit in the spread of fake news.

Tech has also failed in fighting climate change, with 74 percent of respondents criticising the industry for this.

Methodology

Collision conducted an online poll of 1,268 US and international past and present attendees of the event – held this year in New Orleans from May 4-6. The poll was conducted between March 1 and 8.

Of the respondents 43 percent were American. Respondents came from 110 other countries, including Canada, France, Portugal, India, Brazil, UK, Israel, Germany and Ireland.