How the tech industry is reacting to Donald Trump’s improbable election victory

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In case you missed the memo, Donald Trump has claimed victory in the U.S. presidential election today. Technology industry figureheads have been weighing in with their thoughts, and financial markets have begun reacting to the news.

Technology played a critical role in the Trump vs. Clinton campaign cycle, but Trump hasn’t spoken all that much about technology in the past. So, for the most part, all the tech industry has to go on are Trump’s remarks on everything from Mexicans and Muslims to the rape allegations against him to Russian president Vladimir Putin.

Technologist, VC, and prominent Trump backer Peter Thiel has issued a statement about the election result, saying:

“Congratulations to President-elect Donald Trump. He has an awesomely difficult task, since it is long past time for us to face up to our country’s problems. We’re going to need all hands on deck.”

And myriad investors, founders, executives, and journalists have been chiming in on Twitter over the past hours.

Hyperloop One cofounder Shervin Pisheva reckons independence for California is the only solution, and former Facebooker, investor, and Path cofounder Dave Morin agreed.

Pisheva is dead serious about this, too, in case you were wondering.

Googler and investor Adam Singer is pessimistic about the outlook for Silicon Valley.

Dara Khosrowshahi, the Iranian-American businessman and CEO of Expedia, was somewhat matter-of-fact about the outcome, noting that the tech industry is “disconnected” from the nation as a whole.

Technology journalist Joshua Topolsky was somewhat despondent about Trump’s victory.

Businessman and investor Mark Cuban thinks Trump must be given a chance.

AOL cofounder Steve Case is disappointed at the outcome, but insists the result should be accepted, and we should move forward.

Tech investment banker Frank Quattrone had strong words to say, likening Trump’s victory to World War II, 9/11, recession, and more, but he still reckons the U.S. will get through it.

Box CEO Aaron Levie remains hopeful that Trump’s election campaign promises and threats were all a ruse and that he’s actually a good guy after all.

Prominent blogger and entrepreneur Anil Dash wants everyone to stand up to Trump.

Investor and entrepreneur Bijan Sabet isn’t looking forward to breaking the news to his kids.

Gabe Rivera, founder of tech news aggregator Techmeme, is trying to remain positive and urged everyone to continue fighting the good fight.

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