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At least 17 Brooklyn companies signed an open letter protesting Trump’s travel order

Here are the local executives taking a stand.

The Statue of Liberty, from Red Hook. (Photo by Flickr user Chris Goldberg, used under a Creative Commons license)

Brooklyn tech leaders joined those around the nation yesterday in voicing protest over the Trump administration’s recent executive order banning incoming travelers from seven┬ámajority-Muslim countries.

An open letter written by Manhattan tech booster organization Tech:NYC addressed to President Donald Trump has been signed by hundreds of the city’s CEOs, investors and founders.

“Among the reasons we proudly build and grow companies here in New York City is the rich diversity the city and its residents provide,” the letter states. “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.”

The letter goes on to discuss the importance of immigrants to the American tech sector, noting that some of the most innovative companies and largest employers have been founded by immigrants, including: LinkedIn, Tesla Motors, Google, Intel, Yahoo, eBay and WhatsApp, among others.

Brooklyn startup leaders who have signed the letter include:

Jake Levine
Founder & CEO
Electric Objects

Michael Rothman
Cofounder & CEO
Fatherly

Miriam Altman
Cofounder & CEO
Kinvolved

Raul Gutierrez
Founder & CEO
Tinybop

Alex Blumberg
CEO
Gimlet Media

Brad Hargreaves
Founder & CEO
Common

Laura Spiekerman
Cofounder
Alloy

Tommy Nichols
CEO
Alloy

Jesse Hertzberg
CEO
Livestream

Justin Hendrix
Executive Director
NYC Media Lab

Charlie O’Donnell
Partner
Brooklyn Bridge Ventures

Yancey Strickler
Cofounder & CEO
Kickstarter

Nicholas Chirls
Partner
Notation Capital

Jesse Walden
Founder
Mediachain Labs

Javier de la Torre
CEO
CARTO

Chad Dickerson
CEO
Etsy

Allison Kopf
Founder & CEO
Agrilyst

Companies: Common / Notation Capital / Electric Objects / Carto / Gimlet Media / Livestream / Brooklyn Bridge Ventures / Etsy / Kickstarter
Series: Brooklyn
People: Javier de la Torre / Alex Blumberg / Yancey Strickler / Justin Hendrix / Chad Dickerson / Brad Hargreaves / Charlie O’Donnell
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