WNSF: The Election’s Impact on Innovation with Gavin Newsom

The results of the 2016 election will have many repercussions for the San Francisco Bay Area, the tech sector, the innovation economy, California, not to mention the nation and world. One week after the election, California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom analyzed what really happened, what opportunities have now opened up, and what the best strategies are going forward. At What’s Now: San Francisco, we drew a cross-section of leading innovators from many fields to pool insights and think through the implications of the 2016 election.

Gavin Newsom was the perfect person to lead this conversation. He gained national recognition as mayor of San Francisco from 2003 to 2010 – the period when Silicon Valley shifted north into the city. He is one of the most knowledgeable politicians of our era on the impact of new technologies and innovations on our economy and society – the author of Citizenville: How to Take the Town Square Digital and Reinvent Government. He is in his second term as Lieutenant Governor and knows every nook and cranny of the most populous state in the union. And he has already launched his bid to become the next Governor of California, the sixth largest economy in the world.

Gavin helped interpret the results of the election through the lens of innovation – everything from the new makeup of the government in Washington to the results of no fewer than 17 initiatives here in the Golden state. We also leveraged the ideas of all those invited and talked about the new opportunities coming off the election that could accelerate progress in the public and private sectors. We discussed the next agenda, the next strategy for the future-oriented industries of the San Francisco Bay Area, and what’s possible now.