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Twilio CEO speaks out, wants tech companies to stay in the Bay Area


A local tech entrepreneur is upset everyone is leaving the #Bay #Area.

#Twilio CEO #Jeff #Lawson has taken to #Twitter and #LinkedIn to call on his fellow tech leaders to keep their companies in the #Bay #Area and invest in #San #Francisco’s longevity. #This comes after both #Oracle and #Hewlett #Packard #Enterprise recently announced each will relocate its headquarters to #Texas and tech icon #Keith #Rabois declared he’s leaving #San #Francisco permanently because he’s finding it “impossible to stay.”

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“I’m asking my colleagues, friends and fellow CEOs to #committothebay. #Pledge to stay and rebuild what has given so much to us. #This is what it means to be a part of a community. @twilio isn’t going anywhere,” he wrote on #Dec. 18 on #Twitter.

#Lawson went on to state how he’s giving back to the community, mentioning that he and his wife have donated to #Give2SF, the city’s COVID relief fund, as well as pledging $8 million in 2021 for #Help #Kitchen, an organization that connects the food insecure with meals from local restaurants.

#Some local tech executives have heeded the call, including #Salesforce #Chief #Operating #Officer #Bret #Taylor. #He said on #Twitter, “I was born in #Oakland, and I’m excited to stay in the #Bay #Area — to create local jobs and help solve all of the problems we face as a community, in partnership with non-profits and local government. #And I have never been more optimistic about the future of #California.”

#Twilio was founded in 2008 and has 1,334 employees in the #Bay #Area, according to #LinkedIn. The cloud communications platform has two offices in #San #Francisco, both in the #South #Beach area of #SoMa.

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