TechNet (lobbying organization)
TechNet is the national, bipartisan network of CEOs and senior executives that promotes the growth of the technology industry by advocating a targeted policy agenda at the federal and 50-state level. 'TechNet’s' diverse membership includes dynamic startups to the most iconic companies on the planet and represents more than two million employees in the fields of information technology, biotechnology, green tech, e-commerce, venture capital and finance. TechNet has offices in Washington, D.C., Silicon Valley, Sacramento, Seattle, Boston and Austin. In February 2014, Linda Moore was named the network's president and CEO.  TechNet’s 65+ members include Apple, Facebook, Oracle, Microsoft, Google, Cisco, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Marvell, Bloom Energy, eBay, Nasdaq, Uber, Lyft and Intuit. A full list of TechNet members is available here.
John Doerr, a renowned Silicon Valley venture capitalist, united a group of leading tech industry CEOs to found TechNet in 1997. As a venture capitalist at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in Menlo Park, California, Doerr had cultured the early success of many prosperous technology companies including Netscape, Amazon.com, Intuit, and Google. TechNet encouraged further success for these companies, advocating education and litigation reform, and policies for the innovation economy.
TechNet's published mission statement reads:
To serve as the voice and advocate of the innovation economy by uniting CEOs and Senior Executives with leading policy makers in a bipartisan effort to sustain and advance America’s global leadership in technology and innovation. We accomplish this through:
- Aggressive political advocacy for both Democratic and Republican candidates and elected officials;
- Promotion of focused public policies that strengthen the innovation economy;
- Meetings with elected officials, Administration representatives and candidates for elective office;
- Financial support of political candidates; and
- Events and industry-based initiatives that educate thought leaders and the public about technology policy issues.
- Washington, DC
- Silicon Valley