More than 100 companies, including most of high-tech's biggest names, joined a legal brief opposing President Donald Trump's temporary travel ban, arguing that it would give companies strong incentives to move jobs outside the United States. - Read more at:
Several factors are propelling Silicon Valley to the front lines of opposition to Mr. Trump. Some have been widely noted: The companies are often founded by and run by immigrants, which made the executive order on immigration offensive and a threat to their way of doing business. Tech companies frequently stress the importance of talent from other countries to their businesses. - Read more:
The brief, made available in full by The Washington Post, argues that the order not only “inflicts significant harm on American business, innovation,” but that “through its arbitrary and discretionary restrictions on entry, the Order makes it far more difficult and expensive for U.S. companies to recruit, hire, and retain the world’s best employees...” - Read more at:
Buoyed by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's message his Twitter account, “To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength,” - hopes are raised.
“This is pretty disgusting,” Wealthsimple’s Mr. Katchen said of the fallout from the U.S. executive order in an interview. “We feel strongly that it’s very non-Canadian, and we feel the need to come together to make a statement that diversity is core to what we do in the startup world.”
What the US may potentially lose in terms of talents could be Canada's gain. A door has opened for its highly competitive tech sector, which as reported last year, would boom with at least 218,000 tech job, but it lacks the people to fill these.
“I think it’s really sad and horrible from a political landscape perspective, but very selfishly it’s an incredible opportunity” said Dennis Pilarinos, a former Microsoft executive whose 22-person software startup in Vancouver, Buddybuild, is in hiring mode. “It’s a chance to welcome incredibly talented engineers who might not have otherwise considered roles in Canada.”
The latest national survey by Pew Research Center, conducted Jan. 4-9 among 1,502 adults, finds little optimism that the country’s political divisions will subside any time soon: 40% expect the country to be about as politically divided in five years as it is today, while 31% think it will be even more divided; just 24% expect divisions to lessen.
“Diversity may be the hardest thing for a society to live with, and perhaps the most dangerous thing for a society to be without.”