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On a foggy day in San Francisco in May, politicians and tech moguls gathered outside Salesforce Tower, the tallest office building west of the Mississippi, to celebrate the skyscraper's grand opening. This was peak San Francisco — a display of power and influence topped off by Marc Benioff holding hands with the mayor of San Francisco as a blessing was said over the cone-shaped, vaguely phallic 61-story tower.
San Francisco is, for better or worse, a tech city. The tech sector creates tens of thousands of jobs annually in the nine-county Bay Area, making it the single biggest engine of the local economy, though that job growth is starting to slow.
As startups blossom, attracting a wave of entrepreneurs and investment dollars, the tech industry has achieved significant clout in local politics. We rounded up the tech and business luminaries who emerged as political power players in San Francisco.
- The 'Godfather of Silicon Valley' who put early money in Facebook, Twitter, and Airbnb says he's done giving startups piles of cash
- Protesters in San Francisco dumped a huge pile of scooters in the street and blocked 11 tech buses — and then things got tense
- A startup in the West Coast scooter sharing craze is already worth $1 billion — here's what it's like to ride a Bird scooter