Silicon Beach Unites in Opposition to Muslim Travel Ban

More than 300 Silicon Beach business leaders have signed a letter to President Trump urging him to rescind his controversial executive order temporarily barring entry to travelers from seven predominately Muslim countries.

The letter was initiated by a group of female entrepreneurs in Los Angeles including VCs Dana Settle, co-founder and partner at Greycroft Partners, and Kara Nortman, partner at Upfront Ventures; and startup founders Ariella Feldman, co-founder of Violet Grey; Jamie Kantrowitz, CEO of Countertop; and Susan Feldman, co-founder of One Kings Lane.

As explained on Gather LA:

We did this to stand in solidarity with the NYC Tech community that has done the same, and the 97 companies (including Airbnb, Facebook, Google, Apple, Netflix, Snapchat and Intel) that submitted an amicus brief to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco emphasizing the importance of immigrants in the economy.

The letter and signatories are below.

February 6, 2017

President Trump:

We are business leaders and investors from Los Angeles’s robust and growing technology sector. Among the reasons we proudly build and grow companies here in Los Angeles is the rich diversity the city and its residents provide. Los Angeles is a sanctuary city for immigrants. We write out of concern that your recent executive orders will undermine that and send a dangerous message to all immigrants that they are not welcome here.

America has long provided homes and futures to millions who dared to share in our collective dream. Your executive orders suspending entry for citizens of certain countries, even those who currently have legal status, along with limiting the refugee program, threaten those immigrants who are our current and future neighbors, friends, colleagues, customers, and even bosses. Their presence is a crucial ingredient that sets Los Angeles apart and a fundamental reason why we have all chosen to build our careers and companies here.

In addition to all of the humanitarian reasons to welcome refugees, it is dangerous to discourage immigration when the facts show that immigrant entrepreneurs play a significant role in the American economy. Immigrants are more than twice as likely to start a business as the native-born population. Immigrant entrepreneurs started, in whole or in part, some of the most important technology companies of our time including Tesla Motors, LinkedIn, Zipcar, Google, Intel, Yahoo!, eBay, and WhatsApp. More than half of the companies on the current list of U.S. technology startups valued at $1 billion or more were started by immigrants.

We should be doing everything in our power to attract these entrepreneurs to the United States. Yet when we close the door to immigrants from certain countries, not to mention to refugees, we are telling all immigrants that they are not welcome here.

We are confident that we can achieve security without threatening the inclusivity and diversity at the heart of Los Angeles—and the United States. We encourage you to rescind your recent executive orders.


[signatures published at bottom]
cc: Sen. Dianne Feinstein
Sen. Kamala Harris
Rep. Adam B. Schiff
Rep. Ted Lieu
Rep. Judy Chu
Rep. Tony Cárdenas
Rep. Brad Sherman
Rep. Grace Napolitano
Rep. Ted Lieu
Rep. Norma Torres
Rep. Raul Ruiz
Rep. Karen Bass
Rep. Linda Sanchez
Rep. Ed Royce
Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard
Rep. Maxine Waters
Rep. Nanette Barragan
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher
Sen. Mitch McConnell
Rep. Paul Ryan
Rep. Nancy Pelosi

*Please note that the signatures on this letter represent the views of the individuals, not the companies they work for.

Jamie Kantrowitz | Founder and CEO, Countertop
Dana Settle | Partner, Greycroft Ventures
Kara Nortman | Partner, Upfront Ventures
Susan Feldman | Co Founder, One Kings Lane
Ariella Feldman | Co Founder, VIOLET GREY
Ara Katz | Co-CEO and Co-Founder, Seed
Jason Nazar | CEO, Comparably
Eva Ho | Fika Ventures
Jesse Jacobs | President, The Chernin Group
Courtney Nichols Gould | CoFounder/CEO, SmartyPants Vitamins
Cara Moreno | General Partner, MediaTech Advisors (formerly SVP, Strategy and BD at Paramount Pictures)
Robyn Ward | Principal, FastForward
Scott Bromley | SVP, The Chernin Group
Adam Sachs | EIR, The Chernin Group
Nyree Corby | CEO & Founder, Fame and Partners
Dorian Howard | Founder, CEO – Wade + Belle
Michael Silton | Managing Director. Act One Ventures
David Waxman | Managing Partner, TenOneTen Ventures
Nancy Soni | CEO, FILD
Tracy DiNunzio | CEO and Founder, Tradesy
Paul Bricault | Managing Director Amplify
Michael Jones | CEO, Science
Brian Garrett | Co-Founder, CrossCut Ventures
Adam Lilling | Managing Director, PLUS Capital
Brandon Kleinman | Founder Laurel & Wolf, Showroom
Kara Weber | Managing Partner, Brilliant Ventures
Cody Simms | Executive Director, Techstars
Jennifer Nicholas | Director, Techstars Music
Shivani Siroya | CEO + Founder, Tala
William Sulinski | CEO, Pistol Lake
Bob Moczydlowsky | Managing Director, Techstars Music
Matt Kozlov | Managing Director, Techstars
Alyse Killeen | Partner, StillMark Co.
Rahul Sidhu | Chief Executive Officer, SPIDR Tech
Michael Maylahn | COO, Stasis
Daniel Dato | Co-founder & COO, Cross Campus
Rachel Payne | CEO, FEM Inc.
Jill Layfield | Co-Founder and CEO, Tamara Mellon
Mark Mullen | Managing Partner, Double M Capital
Christine Carrillo | CEO, Impact Health
Mark Suster | Partner, Upfront Ventures
Ken Fukazawa | CEO, Tyffon Inc.
TX Zhuo | Partner, Fika Ventures
Anna Barber | Managing Director, Techstars LA
Leura Fine | CEO, Laurel & Wolf
Ashumi Shippee | EVP, Finance & Strategy; VIOLET GREY
Alison Hutchinson | Business Development, VIOLET GREY
Aditya Raghuwanshi | Director of Software Engineering, VIOLET GREY
Brian Dolan | Founder, Deep 6 Analytics
Conor Healy | Investment analyst, The Chernin Group
Gil Elbaz | Founder and CEO, Factual
Christopher Webb | CEO, ChowNow
Peter Lee | Managing Partner, Embark Ventures
Ramsay Brown | Founder, Dopamine Labs
Gabe Gottlieb | CEO, Pathmatics
Robert Jadon | Director, Startup UCLA Accelerator
Dena Cook | CEO, Brew
Tiffany Bensley | Brand President, Violet Grey
Joanna McFarland | CEO, HopSkipDrive
Lucas Dickey | Principal Product Manager
Jim Andelman | Managing Director, Rincon Venture Partners
Sarah Harden | President, Otter Media
Keks | CEO, Vow To Be Chic
Bonnie Rosen | Account Director, Troika
Chad Gutstein | Machinima
Benjamin McCann | CTO, Co-founder at Connectifier
ANN WANG | Enrou
Kristen Ding | Chief Design Officer, Idealab
Miles Beckett | CEO & Co-founder, Silversheet
Allison Wood | Founder, Reify LLC
Jessica Willison | CCO & Co-founder, Enrou
Andy Kleinman | CEO, Wonder
Mike Stone | Founder, MakersKit
Beatriz Acevedo | President/Founding partner, mitú
Adam Miller | CEO, Cornerstone
Ophir Tanz | CEO, GumGum
Reed Shaffner | Co-CEO, Workpop
Justin Kifer | CEO, Bad Features & Sportsy
Jennifer Anderson | Vice President, Wavemaker Partners LLC
Kevin Nazemi | CEO,
David Fields | Tornante, Head of Investments
Eric Manlunas | Managing Partner, Wavemaker Partners
Greg Cohn | Co-founder & CEO, Ad Hoc Labs (Burner)
Ethan Austin | Director, Techstars Los Angeles
Kasey lundquist | Techstars
Alex Benzer | Co-founder, Vidme
Justin Berman | BCA
Peter Gray Malin | President, Gray Malin Inc.
Katherine Power | CEO, Clique Media/Who What Wear
Lara Jeremko | Entrepreneur in Residence, Techstars
Peter Csathy | Chairman, CREATV Media
Chris Bergman | CEO, FamilyTech
Robbins Schrader | SafeRide Health
Yoram Heller | CEO, Sunday Capital
David Young | Cooley LLP
Cara Santana | CEO, The Glam App
Ian Siegel | CEO, ZipRecruiter
Jason Wilk | Dave
Jon Vidar | AVG, CoFounder and Partner
Catherine Geanuracos | Co-founder, Hack for LA &
Sam Englebardt | SEE Ventures, President
Joanne Wilson | Gotham Gal Ventures
Iris Alonzo | Co-Founder,
Scott Dudelson | Investor
Matthew Levin | CEO, Donut Media
Tamra Johnson | COO, FlexTeam
Sarah Bernard | Co-Founder, BoBCat Studios
Oded Noy | CTO, Amplify.LA
Breann Lange | Director of Talent & Culture at Radish Media
Christina Han | Head of Special Projects, Violet Grey
Chad Billmyer | CEO,
Julie Campistron | CEO, Stop, Breathe & Think
Alex Kruger | CEO, Grace
Josh Sackman | President, appliedVR
Matt Sandler | CEO, Chromatik
Esther Nordlinger | Creative Artists Agency
Emeka Anen | CEO, THRONE
Rita Ravindra | CEO, MiaMia Beauty
Morgan DeBaun | CEO Founder, Blavity
Jason Lehmbeck | Angel Investor
Stephen Cousineau | Vice President, The Chernin Group
Andrew Stalbow | CEO, Seriously Digital Entertainment
Charlotte Dawson | Associate Community Manager, WeWork
Melinda Moore | iConsumer
Sash Catanzarite | Cofounder and CPO, Tradesy
Farnaz Azmoodeh | Director of Engineering, Snap Inc
Patrick Coyne | Co-Founder of The Black Tux
Amy Amsterdam | Director of Innovation, LAEDC
James Bailey | Velos Partners
Csaba Konkoly | Tiller Partners
Everette Taylor | CMO, Skurt
Courtney Holt | Advanced Media Strategy, Disney
Audrey Wu | CEO, CONVRG
Noramay Cadena | Managing Director, Make in LA
Ayinde O. Alakoye | CEO, Inc
Elana Shapiro | Associate Program Manager, Techstars
Moj Mahdara | CEO, Beautycon Media
Mike Townsend | Founder, HomeHero
Jeff Berman | President, Whalerock Industries
Lloyd Braun | CEO, Whalerock Industries
Michael Dubin | Founder & CEO, Dollar Shave Club
Paulette Light | Momstamp
Eli portnoy | CEO, Sense360
Michael Schneider | Service
Leah Bernthal | LB
Nancy Perlman |
Walter Delph | Partner, ‎BCG Digital Ventures
Katie Warner Johnson | CEO, Carbon 38
Andrei Marinescu | Partner, 500 Startups
Joe Fernandez | CEO, Joymode
Erik Huberman | CEO, Hawke Media
Joseph Green | Investor
Josh Meyers | CEO, Slickdeals
Jameson Detweiler | Co-Founder // CEO,
Elizabeth Francis | Managing Partner, Brilliant Ventures
Jiake Liu |Co-Founder & CEO, ProspectWise
Robin Liao | CTO, ProspectWise Inc.
Stephen Corwin | CEO, CityGrows
Julie Schoenfeld | Founder and CEO, Strobe, Inc.
Gary Toebben |President & CEO, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
Maha Ibrahim | General Partner, Canaan Partners
Nicole Jordan | Founder, Radix Collective
Ariel Kaye | CEO & Founder, Parachute
Kirsten Helvey | COO, Cornerstone OnDemand
Michele Kater | Founder/Creative Director, Murchison-Hume
Mandana Dayani | Chief Brand Officer, Everything but the House
Jane Buckingham | President, Trendera
Sophie Watts | President, STX Entertainment
David Needham | CEO ,Ohos, Inc.
Raad Mobrem | Founder, Lettuce
Katie Bolz | Product Manager, OceanX
Geri Hirsch | Co-Founder, LEAFtv
Jordan Posell | Managing Partner, Full Stack Finance
David Lee | Managing Partner, Refactor Capital
Richard Frias | Founder, Mighty Fresh, Inc.
Katherine Kleveland | CCO and Co-Founder , DÔEN
Allison Beal | CEO & Co-Founder, StyleSaint
Erica Domesek | Founder, PS- I Made This
Ally Case | Murchison-Hume
Rakesh Tondon | CEO, LE TOTE
Clare Vivier | CEO, Clare V.
Ian Schafer | Founder/CEO, Deep Focus
Kalika Yap | CEO, Citrus Studios
Vaughn Blake | Managing Director, Autochrome Ventures
Raina Penchansky | Co Founder & Co-CEO,DBA
Justin Newton | Founder/CEO, Netki
Adam Corey| AC
Jodi Finer | Founder, Design Trade Network, Fabricut
Bing Chen | Creator & Entrepreneur
Vyki Englert | Co-Founder, Compiler LA
Zaydoon H. Munir | CEO & Founder, RevolutionCredit
Hillary Newman | Director of Business Development , Omaze
David Foster | Co-founder, Everytable
Alisa Gould-Simon | Entrepreneur
Claire Sculatti | Senior Buyer, Le Tote
Jeff Green | Founder & CEO, The Trade Desk
Vivian Yang | Chief Legal Officer, The Trade Desk
Allison Streuter | Founder Emerald & Palm
Erin Shipley | Managing Partner, The Helm
Alex Taylor | President, Digital, Clique Media Group
Aubrie Rice | Merchandise Assistant, Le Tote
Marcia Goodstein | President and COO, Idealab
Anthony Batt | EVP Product & Content, Wevr
Margaret Kleveland | CEO, Dôen
Cory Azzalino | CEO & Co-founder, POWERIT, INC. DNA Rally Networks
Lizzie Widhelm | Senior Vice President, Pandora
Amber Fritts | Customer Loyalty, Le Tote
Matt McCall | Partner, Pritzker Group
Jesse Draper | Founding Partner, Halogen Ventures
Chris Kantrowitz | CEO, Gobbler
Daniel Gutierrez | Data Scientist, AMULET Analytics
Radhika Delfosse | HelloGiggles
Jen Robinson | CTO, AwesomenessTV
Mark Ankner | Partner, WME Entertainment
Robert Benfield | Chief Executive Officer, Twigtale, Inc.
Blair Harrison | CEO, Frequency
Arteen Arabshahi | Vice President, Fika Ventures
Michael Mendelsohn | Mr Premier Auto Lease
Meaghan Ferrall Kessman | Vice President, Automotive, Pandora Media, Inc.
Brian Lee | CEO, The Honest Company
Jessica Alba | Founder, The Honest Company
Banafsheh Fathieh | Vice President, OCV Partners
Leila Pirnia | Co-founder, TreatBox
Molly Schmidt | Investor, WME Ventures
Rebecca Kantar | Founder & CEO, Imbellus
Aishwarya Iyer | Co-Founder, Ellephant
Navid Shahrestani | Vice President, Silicon Valley Bank
Sean Brecker | CEO, Headspace
Jaime Mendez | COO, Whisper
Maureen Klewicki | PM, Techstars
Anne Enna | Founder, Beal Private Capital
Gregg Renfrew | CEO, Beautycounter
Seth Matlins | EVP/Branded Impact Group, WME I IMG
Alessio Signorini | Co-founder & CTO, Evidation Health
Todd Gitlin | Managing Partner, Safire Partners
Nicole Quinn | Partner, Lightspeed
Cassandra Grey | Founder and CEO, VIOLET GREY
Sofya Polyakov | CEO, The Noun Project
George Kliavkoff | CEO, Jaunt VR
Bryce Maddock | CEO, TaskUs
Jaspar Weir | President, TaskUs
William Hsu | Partner, Mucker Capital
Jessica Jackley | Cofounder,
Erik Weber | Platform Manager, Mucker Capital
Sean Arian | Founder & President, Bixel Exchange
Sandeep Kella | Co-Founder, Metric Collective
Christine Schoultz | Founder & CEO, Eitherwise
Samir Malik | Founder, Genoa Telepsychiatry
Colleen Poynton | Investor, Core Innovation Capital
Asher Hunt | CEO , Overnight
Alex Maleki | VP, Business Development,Idealab
Miki Reynolds | City Manager, General Assembly
Richard Wolpert | CEO, HelloTech
Lisa Rocchetti | Senior Manager, General Assembly
Grant Hosford | CEO & co-founder, codeSpark
Chantelle Silveira | Chief Product Officer, Ranker
Katerina Schneider | CEO, Ritual
Brian Hartnack | CEO, Campus Explorer
Wout Brusselaers | CEO, Deep 6
Juan Carlos | Co-Founder, HYP3R
Chris Milk | CEO, Within
Amy Cohn | VP, Marketing , Heal
Peter Brack | Venture Partner, Mucker Capital
Vince Lynch | CEO, IV.AI
Jamal Watkins | Solution Architect, Cornerstone
Davis guggenheim | Dirctir
Krisztina ”Z’ Holly | Founder, MAKE IT IN LA
Peter Liu | Vice President, Pritzker Group Venture Capital
Liz Heller | Partner /CEO, memBrain Ventures
Brigette Romanek | Hancock Design
Dalton Combs | CEO, Dopamine Labs
Anar Joshi | VP Marketing, Everytable
Christopher Erwin | COO, Big Frame
John Madigan | Regional Director, General Assembly
Arjan Schütte | Founder and Managing Partner, Core Innovation Capital
Stephen Caldwell | CTO, Campus Explorer, Inc.
Catherine McCord | One Potato
Jenna Stein | President One Potato
Kevin C Faul Founder & CEO | Conway Electric, LLC
Shamin Rostami | Partner, TYLT Ventures
Ethan Lipsitz | CEOApliiq Inc
Rhonda Dibachi | CFONoribachi Corp.
Annie Luchsinger | Co-Founder, COO, Grace
Vandad Espahbodi | Cofounder and COO, Starburst Accelerator
Heidi Kulow | Makeup artist local 798, Power
Taryn Langer | Founder, President, Moxie Group
Emily Gannet | President , IRL Productions
Ali Taekman | Partner, BPCM
Sarah Penna | Co-founder
Nancy Tellem | Executive Chairman, Interlude/Eko
Neil Lustig | President and CEO, Sailthru
Sky Kelley | CEO, Avisare
Nader Hamda | CEO, Evollve Inc.
Therese Tucker | Founder & CEO, BlackLine
Steve Dobberowsky | Principal Consultant, Cornerstone OnDemand
Mabel Frias | Site Merchandising Manager, VIOLET GREY
Stacy Anderson | Founder and CEO, KENT woman
Meg Glasser | Los Angeles General Manager, GLAMSQUAD
Sudhin Shahani | Chairman, Surf Air
Shaun Arora | Managing Director, Make in LA
Elena Severin | Director of Retail and Events, VIOLET GREY
Randy Churchill | Managing Director, Square 1 Bank
Annie Lascoe | CEO, Conscious Period
Brianna Schultz | SVP, Finance & Operations, Clique Media Group
Steven Oh | Chief Business Office, The Young Turks
Shilpa Shah | CXO, Co-Founder, Cuyana
Julie Wiener | Account Executive, Brew PR
Yvonne Quinonez | Director of Operations, Brew
Rachel Petersen | Senior Account Executive, Brew
Kimmi Lorman | Senior Account Executive, Brew Media Relations
Nick Shepherd | Senior Account Director, Brew
Alicia Rockmore | SVP Marketing,
Sam Wick | Head of Ventures, UTA
Bennet Kelley | Internet Law Center

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