On Sunday, a partner at Silicon Valley investment firm Founders Fund spoke out against Donald Trump, blaming social media and by extension venture capitalists like himself for the “digital echo chamber” that led to the President-elect’s surprise victory on Tuesday.
“For every Clinton voter who couldn’t name a single Facebook friend supporting Trump, there was a Trump voter who couldn’t name a single Facebook friend supporting Clinton,” writes Geoff Lewis in a blog post on Medium. “I’m a part of the problem. Where I work, in the Silicon Valley venture capital industry, the most appealing businesses to invest in remain these social media centric companies, for they are so engaging, so addictive, that they require less outside capital to grow than almost any other type of business in the world.”
In the post, Lewis drastically parts ways politically with boss (and early Facebook investor) Peter Thiel. Perhaps Trump’s most vocal supporter in the tech industry, Thiel reportedly giving $1.25 million to help elect the candidate and is now a member of the President-elect’s transition team.