FWD.us, the political advocacy group spearheaded by Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, added some tech muscle, as Microsoft Co-Founder and Non-Executive Chairman Bill Gates, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Microsoft General Counsel and Executive Vice President Brad Smith, and former Facebook President Sean Parker joined the group.
They join fellow tech luminaries:
- LinkedIn Founder Reid Hoffman
- Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt
- Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer
- Dropbox Founder and CEO Drew Houston
- Angel investor Ron Conway
- The Social+Capital Partnership Founder and former Facebook Vice President Chamath Palihapitiya
- Joe Green, Zuckerberg’s roommate at Harvard University
- Facebook board member Jim Breyer, Accel Partners
- Benchmark Capital General Partner and former Facebook VP of product management Matt Cohler
- Venture capitalist John Doerr
- Y Combinator Co-Founder Paul Graham
- Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Partner Mary Meeker
- Slide Founder Max Levchin
- Dropbox VP of Engineering and former Facebook Director of Engineering Aditya Agarwal
- Cove Co-Founder and former Facebook Principal Product Manager Ruchi Sanghvi
Green said in a statement:
We’re thrilled that Bill Gates, Brad Smith, Steve Ballmer, and Sean Parker — longtime advocates for vital policies like comprehensive immigration reform that will grow our economy — are joining FWD.us’ efforts to organize and engage the tech community.
We’ve been excited by the momentum we continue to see as more members of the tech community contribute to the national debate to improve our economic future and support the bipartisan policies that will boost economic growth and continue to grow the knowledge economy.
Zuckerberg outlined the mission of FWD.us in an op-ed piece in The Washington Post earlier this month:
- Comprehensive immigration reform that begins with effective border security, allows a path to citizenship, and lets us attract the most talented and hardest-working people, no matter where they were born.
- Higher standards and accountability in schools, support for good teachers, and a much greater focus on learning about science, technology, engineering, and math.
- Investment in breakthrough discoveries in scientific research and assurance that the benefits of the inventions belong to the public and not just to the few.