The Valley’s ‘Wait and See’ Approach to D.C.

Last week, I traveled to the belly of—if not the beast, certainly the news cycle—with a trip to Washington, D.C. And one theme jumped out at me loud and clear: Under the new administration, Silicon Valley is keeping its distance from Washington.

Lobbyists once courted by startups in regulatory hotbeds like fintech say they’re getting fewer requests for meetings. VCs who once saw an opportunity to lobby on issues from the environment to taxes are staying in Menlo Park. And big-name tech CEOs who usually breeze through town for big events like the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner are sitting them out.

No subscription? You’re missing out.
Join the high-powered community of tech and business leaders who rely on The Information’s original news and in-depth reporting.
Subscribe to read the remaining 475 words of this article.
What’s included in a subscription?
Read The Information’s original, in-depth reporting and analysis
Receive as-they-happen articles via email
Talk with award-winning reporters in subscriber-only conference calls
Join the conversation on our subscriber-only Slack channel
Attend intimate, high-powered events with leaders in tech and business
Subscribe to The Information

I guess, in that regard, media executives have more in common with techies than they care to admit.

Omar Sultan and Michael Leach commented on this article.
Read comments from top tech and industry leaders
Evan Spiegel
Evan Spiegel
CEO, Snapchat
Chamath Palihapitiya
Chamath Palihapitiya
Founder & Managing Partner, SocialCapital
Marc Andreessen
Marc Andreessen
Co-Founder, Andreessen Horowitz
Jonah Peretti
Jonah Peretti
CEO, Buzzfeed
Adam D'Angelo
Adam D'Angelo
CEO, Quora
Brit Morin
Brit Morin
Founder & CEO, Brit + CO
Dustin Moskovitz
Dustin Moskovitz
Co-Founder, Asana
Christina Miller
Christina Miller
President & General Manager, Turner
Max Levchin
Max Levchin
CEO, Affirm
Adam Mosseri
Adam Mosseri
Director of Product, Facebook
Alex Mather
Alex Mather
The Athletic
Martha Josephson
Martha Josephson
Partner, Egon Zehnder
James Murdoch
James Murdoch
Co-Chief Operating Officer, 21st Century Fox
Andrew Kortina
Andrew Kortina
Founder, Venmo
Ben Chestnut
Ben Chestnut
Co-Founder & CEO, Mailchimp
Ruchi Sanghvi
Ruchi Sanghvi
VP Operations, Dropbox
Login or Subscribe to follow the discussions happening here and real-time in our   Slack Community.
Tech leaders “don’t want to not be involved, but they don’t want to be involved either.”