In a dinner meeting last night, the president and 12 of the country's leading technology executives discussed such hot-button issues as jobs, education, and how to get the U.S. economy back on track.
Joining the meeting with Obama were CEOs including notably Apple's Steve Jobs, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Oracle's Larry Ellison, Google' Eric Schmidt, Yahoo's Carol Bartz, Cisco Systems' John Chambers, Twitter's Dick Costolo, and NetFlix's Reed Hastings.
Hosted in their Woodside, Calif., home by Doerr and his wife Ann, the dinner was private and not open to the press, but the White House has released some details of the conversation.
Focusing on the administration's objectives, the president discussed his ideas for investing in research and development, creating more incentives for companies to expand and hire workers, and the goal of doubling U.S. exports over the next five years as one way to support jobs.
The topic of education was also high on the list as the group chatted about the need for new investments in schools. With an emphasis on tech, the president and his dinner companions discussed ways to encourage people to study and pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math, also known as STEM. Obama also talked up his new Startup America initiative, designed to build partnerships between universities and the private sector to help kick-start new businesses.
The meeting was part of an ongoing series of conversations with the business sector on how to strengthen the economy, support entrepreneurship, increase U.S. exports, and get people back to work, according to the White House. Obama also expressed interest in ongoing discussions with the group as a way of sharing new ideas to create jobs and stimulate the economy.
The president continues his focus on technology today as he takes a tour of an Intel plant in Oregon and meets with CEO Paul Otellini to discuss the company's efforts to invest in STEM to create more high-tech jobs. Obama also plans to appoint Otellini to a panel of experts set up to offer the administration advice on creating jobs.