The future is more uncertain than ever for the United States.
With Donald Trump as president, no one knows what state the “greatest country in the world” will be in over the coming years.
The place which is most reeling from this uncertainty is Silicon Valley, a place which, by definition, is at odds with Trump’s ideas.
During the election night, various members of Palo Alto’s elite shared their anger on social media, even giving ideas about what they could do to escape the harsh reality.
Shervin Pishevar, co-founder of Sherpa Capital, the capital investment fund for start-ups such as Uber and Airbnb, proposed an independent California:
1/ If Trump wins I am announcing and funding a legitimate campaign for California to become its own nation.
— Shervin (@shervin) 9 de noviembre de 2016
Dave Morin, CEO of Path, rallied behind the idea:
@shervin I was literally just going to tweet this. I’m in and will partner with you on it.
— DAVE MORIN (@davemorin) 9 de noviembre de 2016
They weren’t the only ones to air their grievances. Aaron Levie, chairman at Box, was mourning the fact that the predictions made by statistician Nate Silver hadn’t come to fruition:
Nate Silver, we trusted you.
— Aaron Levie (@levie) 9 de noviembre de 2016
Jason Calacanis, the entrepreneur responsible for companies such as Netscape and Mahalo (and a current executive at Tesla), labelled the results a “nightmare”.
— jason (@Jason) 9 de noviembre de 2016
Sam Altman, CEO of Y Combinator, the “most powerful” seed accelerator in the world, felt anxious about what he was witnessing:
Can’t remember the last time i felt so anxious 🙁
— Sam Altman (@sama) 9 de noviembre de 2016
M.G. Siegler, a partner at Google Ventures, warned of what awaited them:
…so, we’re gonna have to learn the hard way then. 😞
— M.G. Siegler (@mgsiegler) 9 de noviembre de 2016
And, Benedict Evans of GV, Periscope and Slack, preferred to flee the reality that was unfolding on Twitter:
I prefer my Instagram feed
— Benedict Evans (@BenedictEvans) 9 de noviembre de 2016