Zuckerberg did not mention Facebook at all in the op-ed, but he did list a virtual technology Who’s Who of executives involved in FWD.us:
- 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
After writing about conversations with students in a class on entrepreneurship that he teaches at an after-school program, Zuckerberg introduced FWD.us by writing:
We need a new approach, including:
- 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.
Changes like these won’t happen on their own.
That’s why I am proud to announce FWD.us, a new organization founded by leaders of our nation’s technology community to focus on these issues and advocate a bipartisan policy agenda to build the knowledge economy the U.S. needs to ensure more jobs, innovation and investment.
As leaders of an industry that has benefited from this economic shift, we believe that we have a responsibility to work together to ensure that all members of our society gain from the rewards of the modern knowledge economy.
We will work with members of Congress from both parties, the administration, and state and local officials. We will use online and offline advocacy tools to build support for policy changes, and we will strongly support those willing to take the tough stands necessary to promote these policies in Washington.
Across America, creative, hard-working people in coffee shops, dorm rooms, and garages are creating the next era of growth. Let’s embrace our future as a knowledge economy and help them — and all of us — reach our full potential.
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