Across the tech universe, executives, entrepreneurs and investors are figuring out what happens next after a contentious, often hostile, campaign during which employees from internet companies contributed 100 times more money to Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton than to Trump.
Some techies are raising cash for causes deemed at-risk in a Trump administration. Others are promising to loudly resist. And there's plenty of soul-searching taking place, whether as individuals or teams, to adjust to a new and unexpected reality.
"Emotions at all of our companies were raw and elevated, regardless of political preferences," said Ryan Caldbeck, CEO of crowdfunding start-up CircleUp in San Francisco. Caldbeck said that immediately after the election, he sent a pick-me-up e-mail to his employees and was part of a group of CEOs that shared internal memos with each other.
"Many of us were struggling to find the right approach to find empathy and consolation without isolating anyone who supported the outcome," he said.
Top leaders from Apple, Alphabet, Amazon.com, Facebook, Microsoft, Cisco, Oracle and Intel are heading to New York on Wednesday for a meeting with the president-elect in Trump Tower. Those companies are all likely to benefit from a Trump presidency, due to the promise of lower taxes, less regulation and a repatriation holiday for the hundreds of billions of dollars stashed overseas. The official agenda for the Wednesday meeting will be U.S. job creation, a Trump source told CNBC.
Yet, they're also all big employers of immigrants and heavily reliant on international trade, two issues of major concern given Trump's America-first campaign narrative.
LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman is selling humorous playing cards called Trumped Up Cards for $20.16, and donating $10 of every sale to the American Civil Liberties Union. The website describes Trumped Up Cards as "a fast-paced, satirical game where reality collides with absurdity."
Hoffman, an outspoken Trump critic, said in September that he would donate up to $5 million to veterans if Trump released his tax returns before the final debate. That, of course, never happened.
Following Trump's victory and his pick of climate change denier Scott Pruitt to run the Environmental Protection Agency, Microsoft founder Bill Gates is leading a charge to actually protect the environment.