As startups from Uber to Fanduel face regulatory battles, the tech sector has begun to work together on some policy issues. This has happened formerly, as was the case with advocacy organization Tech:NYC, which includes Google, Facebook, Bloomberg, Uber, Airbnb, and eBay.
It also has happened less formerly, as can be seen with tech leaders’ reaction to the news that the New York State Senate has passed an anti-Airbnb law. In sync, prominent members of the tech twitterverse anticipated and reacted to the result, including:
Union Square Ventures partner Fred Wilson, who co-chairs the Tech:NYC commission:
— Fred Wilson (@fredwilson) June 17, 2016
And, in almost identical language, actor and investor Ashton Kutcher:
— ashton kutcher (@aplusk) June 17, 2016
And Paul Graham, a founder of the tech incubator Y Combinator:
The @NYSenate is trying to quietly rush through a bill banning Airbnb. If you’d like the decision to be more democratic, tell them.
— Paul Graham (@paulg) June 17, 2016
And LinkedIn co-founder and Executive Chairman Reid Hoffman:
Classic anti-innovation, stop the future and enshrine the past move by the New York Legislature. https://t.co/jgsoRnqB6X
— Reid Hoffman (@reidhoffman) June 17, 2016