Monday
April 13
2020

Viewpoint: Let’s Give Tech Philanthropists the Benefit of the Doubt on COVID-19

By Scott Bade

Tuesday afternoon saw two big announcements from the tech world in the fight against COVID-19.

First, Jack Dorsey,  CEO of Twitter and Square, announced he would give $1 billion to COVID-19-related causes. A few hours later, a group of tech billionaires, including LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman, Stripe’s Collison brothers, Y Combinator’s Paul Graham and venture capitalist Chris Sacca, announced a rapid-response grant program for researchers working on COVID-19. These two announcements come on the heels of an initiative led by Bill Gates to build factories for the most promising COVID-19 vaccines and a host of smaller efforts by tech industry leaders, including importing and donating personal protective equipment (PPE), building ventilators and supporting local businesses.

Photo courtesy of Stanislav Kondratiev.

Source: TechCrunch (link opens in a new window)

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Coronavirus, Technology
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coronavirus, philanthropy, technology