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In case you missed the memo, Silicon Valley leaders really hate Donald Trump

A bunch of tech execs signed a new letter condemning the Republican candidate.

Donald Trump at a rally in Indiana
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For many leaders of Silicon Valley, the 2016 election cycle is an exercise in how many ways they can say that they don't like Donald Trump.

While a lot of them do really like Hillary Clinton and other Democratic establishment figures, Trump is really their bête noire. Here’s the latest example of how much the captains of tech loathe the Republican candidate: A letter on Medium signed by a bunch of tech executives outlining their contempt for the guy.

The relatively short letter was posted to Medium by former Twitter exec Katie Jacobs Stanton, who also used to work in Hillary Clinton’s State Department, and it levels criticisms that have been well aired in public.

Its backers include Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, Slack founder and CEO Stewart Butterfield, investor Vinod Khosla and a bunch of other mostly medium-level Silicon Valley executives.

Notably, the list doesn’t include CEOs or other top executives from the biggest tech companies, like Facebook, Google or Microsoft, which some people caught onto.

One signee told Recode in a phone interview that there were people who didn't sign the Silicon Valley Clinton endorsement letter who still felt compelled to speak up.

“There was a community of non-celebrity tech leaders who wanted to use their collective voice, people who are not used to speaking about politics, and they wanted to speak out about how a Trump presidency would be poison for innovation,” the signee said. “It’s an attempt to be less personal and less political, and more substantive.”

And why don’t the signees like Donald Trump?

“He campaigns on anger, bigotry, fear of new ideas and new people, and a fundamental belief that America is weak and in decline,” the letter says. “We have listened to Donald Trump over the past year and we have concluded: Trump would be a disaster for innovation.”

Below is the full list of tech executives who signed onto the Medium letter. The letter makes clear that the titles listed are for identification purposes only and do not reflect the positions of the companies they work for:

  • Marvin Ammori, General Counsel, Hyperloop One
  • Adrian Aoun, founder/CEO, Forward
  • Greg Badros, founder, Prepared Mind Innovations; Former Engineering VP, Facebook
  • Clayton Banks, co-founder, Silicon Harlem
  • Phin Barnes, Partner, First Round Capital
  • Niti Bashambu, Chief Analytics Officer, IAC Applications
  • John Battelle, founder/CEO, NewCo, Inc.
  • Ayah Bdeir, founder/CEO, Little Bits
  • Piraye Beim, founder/CEO, Celmatix
  • Marc Bodnick, co-founder, Elevation Partners
  • John Borthwick, founder/CEO, Betaworks
  • Matt Brezina, co-founder, Sincerely and Xobni
  • Stacy Brown-Philpot, CEO, TaskRabbit
  • Brad Burnham, Managing Partner, Union Square Ventures
  • Stewart Butterfield, co-founder/CEO, Slack
  • Troy Carter, founder/CEO, Atom Factory
  • Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, founder/CEO, Joyus
  • Vint Cerf, internet pioneer
  • Amy Chang, founder/CEO, Accompany
  • Aneesh Chopra, President, NavHealth; former U.S. CTO
  • Patrick Chung, General Partner, Xfund
  • Tod Cohen, General Counsel, StubHub
  • Stephen DeBerry, founder/Managing Partner, Bronze Investments
  • Peter Diamandis, entrepreneur; author, Abundance and BOLD
  • Barry Diller, Chairman, Expedia and IAC
  • Esther Dyson, Executive Founder, Way to Wellville; Investor
  • Amy Errett, founder/CEO, Madison Reed
  • Caterina Fake, founder/CEO, Findery; co-founder, Flickr
  • Christopher Farmer, founder/CEO, SignalFire
  • Brad Feld, Managing Director, Foundry Group; co-founder, Techstars
  • Josh Felser, co-founder, Freestyle Capital & ClimateX
  • Hajj Flemings, founder/CEO, Brand Camp University
  • Natalie Foster, co-founder, Peers
  • David Grain, founder/Managing Partner, Grain Management, LLC
  • Brad Hargreaves, founder/CEO, Common
  • Donna Harris, co-founder/Co-CEO, 1776
  • Scott Heiferman, co-founder/CEO, Meetup
  • David Hornik, General Partner, August Capital
  • Terry Howerton, CEO, TechNexus
  • Reed Hundt, former Chair, FCC
  • Minnie Ingersoll, COO, Shift Technologies
  • Sami Inkinen, founder/CEO, Virta Health; co-founder, Trulia
  • Craig Isakow, Head of Revenue, Shift Technologies
  • Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr., President and founder, Rainbow PUSH Coalition
  • Irwin Jacobs, Founding Chairman/CEO Emeritus, Qualcomm Inc
  • Paul Jacobs, Executive Chairman, Qualcomm Inc
  • Leila Janah, founder/CEO, Sama & Laxmi
  • Sujay Jaswa, former CFO, Dropbox; founder, Witt Capital Partners
  • Mark Josephson, CEO, Bitly
  • Sep Kamvar, Professor, MIT
  • David Karp, founder/CEO, Tumblr
  • Jed Katz, Managing Director, Javelin Venture Partners
  • Kim Keenan, President/CEO, Multicultural Media, Telecom & Internet Council
  • Ben Keighran, Entrepreneur; Former Design Lead, Apple
  • William Kennard, former Chair, FCC
  • Vinod Khosla, founder, Khosla Ventures; co-founder, SUN Microsystems
  • Ron Klain, Executive Vice President, Revolution LLC
  • Walter Kortschak, former Managing Partner and Senior Adviser, Summit Partners
  • Jared Kopf, founder AdRoll, HomeRun, Worldly
  • Joseph Kopser, co-founder, Ridescout
  • Karen Kornbluh, former U.S. Ambassador, OECD
  • Othman Laraki, co-founder/President, Color Genomics
  • Miles Lasater, Serial Entrepreneur
  • Jeff Lawson, CEO, Twilio
  • Aileen Lee, founder/Managing Partner, Cowboy Ventures
  • Bobby Lent, Managing Partner, Hillsven Capital
  • Aaron Levie, co-founder/CEO, Box
  • John Lilly, Partner, Greylock Partners
  • Bruce Lincoln, co-founder, Silicon Harlem
  • Ruth Livier, President, Livier Productions, Inc.
  • Mark Lloyd, Professor of Communication, University of Southern California — Annenberg School
  • Luther Lowe, VP of Public Policy, Yelp
  • Nancy Lublin, founder/CEO, Crisis Text Line
  • Kanyi Maqubela, Partner, Collaborative Fund
  • Jonathan Matus, founder/CEO, Zendrive
  • Josh McFarland, Vice President of Product, Twitter
  • Andrew McLaughlin, Head of New Business, Medium; Venture Partner, betaworks
  • Shishir Mehrotra, Entrepreneur & former VP of Product & Engineering, YouTube
  • Apoorva Mehta, founder/CEO, Instacart
  • Doug Merritt, CEO, Splunk
  • Dinesh Moorjani, founder/CEO, Hatch Labs; co-founder, Tinder
  • Brit Morin, founder/CEO, Brit + Co
  • Dave Morin, Entrepreneur; Partner, Slow Ventures
  • Dustin Moskovitz, co-founder, Asana; co-founder, Facebook
  • Amanda Moskowitz, founder/CEO, Stacklist
  • Alex Nogales, President/CEO, National Hispanic Media Coalition
  • Alexis Ohanian, co-founder, Reddit
  • Mike Olson, founder/Chairman/CSO, Cloudera
  • Pierre Omidyar, founder, eBay
  • Felix W. Ortiz III, founder/Chairman/CEO, Viridis; Board Member of The NYC Technology Development Corporation
  • Jen Pahlka, founder/Executive Director, Code for America
  • Barney Pell, founder Powerset, MoonExpress, Locomobi; founding Trustee, Singularity University
  • Mark Pincus, Executive Chairman and founder, Zynga
  • Shervin Pishevar, co-founder/Managing Director, Sherpa Capital and co-founder/Executive Chairman of Hyperloop One
  • Brandon Pollack, Director of Global Affairs, 1776
  • Amy Rao, founder/CEO, Integrated Archive Systems, Inc.
  • Eric Ries, Entrepreneur & author, The Lean Startup
  • Justin Rosenstein, co-founder, Asana
  • Alec Ross, Author, The Industries of the Future
  • Javier Saade, Venture Capitalist; former Associate Administrator, SBA
  • Chris Sacca, founder/Chairman, Lowercase Capital
  • Dave Samuel, co-founder, Freestyle Capital
  • Julie Samuels, Executive Director, Tech:NYC
  • Reshma Saujani, founder, Girls Who Code
  • Chris Schroeder, Venture Investor; author, Startup Rising
  • Jake Schwartz, co-founder/CEO, General Assembly
  • Robert Scoble, Entrepreneur in Residence and Futurist, Upload VR
  • Kim Malone Scott, CEO, Candor, Inc; Former Director, Google
  • Tina Sharkey, Partner, Sherpa Foundry & Sherpa Capital
  • Clara Shih, co-founder/CEO, Hearsay Social
  • Shivani Siroya, founder/CEO, InVenture
  • Steve Smith, Executive Director, Public Policy Institute, Government Relations & Telecommunications Project, Rainbow PUSH Coalition
  • Jonathan Spalter, Chair, Mobile Future
  • DeShuna Spencer, CEO, kweliTV
  • Katie Stanton, CMO, Color Genomics; Former VP of Global Media, Twitter
  • Jenny Stefanotti, co-founder, OneProject; Board of Directors, Ushahidi
  • Debby Sterling, founder/CEO, Goldiblox
  • Seth Sternberg, co-founder/CEO, Honor
  • Margaret Stewart, Vice President of Product Design, Facebook
  • Jeremy Stoppelman, CEO, Yelp
  • Michael Stoppelman, SVP, Engineering, Yelp
  • Baratunde Thurston, former supervising producer, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah; co-founder, Cultivated Wit
  • Stephanie Tilenius, founder/CEO, Vida Health; Board of Directors, Seagate Technology
  • Richard D. Titus, Entrepreneur; SVP, Samsung
  • Anne Toth, VP of Policy & Compliance, Slack
  • Bill Trenchard, Partner, First Round Capital
  • April Underwood, VP of Product, Slack
  • Max Ventilla, founder/CEO, AltSchool
  • Tabreez Verjee, co-founder/Partner Uprising; Board Director
  • Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia
  • Hunter Walk, Partner, Homebrew VC; former Director of Product Management, Google
  • Tristan Walker, founder/CEO, Walker & Company Brands, Inc.; founder/Chairman, Code 2040
  • Ari Wallach, CEO, Synthesis Corp.
  • Padmasree Warrior, CEO, NextEV USA; Former CTSO, Cisco
  • Laura Weidman Powers, co-founder/CEO, Code2040
  • Kevin Weil, Head of Product, Instagram
  • Phil Weiser, Hatfield Professor of Law, University of Colorado and Executive Director of the Silicon Flatirons Center
  • Daniel J. Weitzner, Principal Research Scientist, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Emily White, Entrepreneur; former COO, Snapchat
  • Ev Williams, founder/CEO, Medium; co-founder Twitter, Blogger
  • Monique Woodward, Venture Partner, 500 Startups
  • Steve Wozniak, co-founder, Apple
  • Tim Wu, Professor of Law, Columbia University
  • Andrew Yang, founder/CEO, Venture for America
  • Arielle Zuckerberg, Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

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