Though tweeting helped the President-elect win the election, no seat at the gilded table for its CEO
Jack Dorsey, the man who invented Twitter, has not been invited to the President-elect Donald Trump’s tech summit taking place tomorrow in New York, according to several sources close to the situation.
That’s unusual, given how important tweeting has been to Trump, who never met an exclamation point he did not employ on the the social communications network. His persistent, often specious and very aggressive tweeting has been an important medium the candidate and soon the leader of the U.S. has been communicating with his constituency.
More to the point: It has also been a clever way to bypass the press and drive his opponents nuts. I have called Trump a tweet savant before and stand by that description, no matter how much it irks people.
Twitter’s Dorsey is one of the only high-profile Silicon Valley public CEOs not invited to the event. Those expected to attend include Alphabet CEO Larry Page; Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg; Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella; SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk; and leaders from a range of the most powerful tech companies.
Dorsey told me in person at our Code Commerce event a week ago that he was not invited, but then said he did not know. A lot of invites, such as to Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky — who is not going due to travel —came late last week. But there is still a day, so maybe the invite is delayed inc the mail!
It might be a mixed blessing that Dorsey was not invited, so he does not have to look weak by attending and then saying nothing — like all the other CEOs — about the range of attacks Trump has made on the sector. And he did not have to choose not to go, which might have made him a target of Trump, who likes to smack companies on, well, Twitter.
Sources at Twitter said the company is trying to figure out how to deal with the new administration from a policy point of view and will work with it on issues it can find common ground on.
There is precious little of that since Trump has been hostile to immigration reform, encryption and a range of social issues that Twitter has strongly endorsed.