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April 29, 2017
Elon Musk defends his position on President Trump’s advisory council
Got his attention. Listen to your customers, Elon. Read More
April 28, 2017
Elon Musk sommé de « lâcher Trump »
Un investisseur américain a lancé une campagne de publicité interpellant le patron de Tesla pour qu’il cesse de siéger au Conseil économique consultatif du président américain. Read More
April 27, 2017
An odd couple — Musk and Trump — ignites a $2 million campaign
Derwin launched a self-funded $2 million campaign to push Musk away from Trump. As tech workers joined protests and Bay Area companies fought Trump’s travel ban, Derwin funded flashing electronic billboards with the message, “Elon, Please Dump Trump.” The campaign expanded into newspaper and television ads this week. Half of its budget is Derwin’s $1 million challenge to Musk to publicly renounce the president. The tech investor is ready to donate that amount to a charity Musk chooses — or else he will send it to another organization fighting Trump policies, he said. Read More
April 26, 2017
New calls for Elon Musk to 'dump Trump'
Doug Derwin, Silicon Valley startup investor, discusses his push to get Elon Musk to 'dump Trump.' Derwin says President Trump's policies directly contradict Musk's core values. Read More
April 25, 2017
The Moral And Political Expectations Of Silicon Valley's Elite
In a series of full-page newspaper advertisements in The New York Times, The Washington Post and The San Francisco Chronicle, Silicon Valley investor Doug Derwin published an open letter calling on Elon Musk to sever ties with the Trump administration. Read More
April 24, 2017
Tesla Investor Puts $2M 'Elon Dump Trump' Campaign In Gear With $400K Full-Page Ads
The venture capitalist behind some recent, visible calls for a Musk-Trump split has upped the ante by purchasing prime realty in some of the nation's wealthiest-read Sunday editions. Read More
April 23, 2017
Bay Area Venture Capitalist Finances 'Dump Trump' Shame Campaign
Doug Derwin is on a personal mission to convince Tesla's Elon Musk to resign from Pres. Trump's business advisory team. He's paid for billboards and he's about to amp up the campaign. Melissa Caen reports. Read More
April 23, 2017
Why there was an anti-Elon Musk ad in your Sunday paper
A full-page ad in the Sunday editions of the Washington Post and The New York Times urged Tesla CEO Elon Musk to "dump Trump." The ads were paid for by a startup investor named Doug Derwin. The longtime Silicon Valley resident told CNNMoney he shelled out $400,000 to run ads in the Times and the Post, as well as the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Jose Mercury News. Read More
April 23, 2017
This tech investor is running full-page newspaper ads to convince Elon Musk to dump Trump
A Silicon Valley investor on a quest to pressure Elon Musk into terminating his relationship with President Donald Trump has taken his fight to the pages of the New York Times and other national newspapers Read More
April 19, 2017
Meet the man willing to spend millions to convince Elon Musk to dump Trump
Luxury car owners may seem like an unlikely target for organizing a political resistance movement, but to Doug Derwin, it’s all about the make: Tesla. Derwin is investing up to $2m in an effort to persuade Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk, to speak out against Donald Trump’s climate change policy and resign from his positions in groups advising Trump on business and manufacturing jobs. On Monday, Derwin launched the website laying out his argument that Musk’s role in the administration is inconsistent with his role as a leader on climate change. Read More
April 18, 2017
‘Elon Dump Trump’ Campaign Gets Millionaire Backer
People are still uncomfortable with Elon Musk’s connection to President Donald Trump. On person in particular, tech investor Doug Derwin, thinks the ties between the Tesla and SpaceX CEO and the truth-challenged leader of the free world are worth spending $2 million to try and end. Derwin has put up a website and billboards around Silicon Valley with a simple message: Elon dump Trump. Read More
April 17, 2017
Silicon Valley investor to Elon Musk: Dump Trump
A Silicon Valley investor has launched a campaign to break-up one of tech’s oddest couples — Elon Musk and President Donald Trump. Doug Derwin, an attorney and private startup investor, has opened a $2 million advertising blitz designed to split the Tesla CEO and clean energy tech mogul from a president signaling wholesale cuts to environmental programs. Musk sits on a presidential business advisory panel and has remained steadfast even as criticism has mounted. The campaign is the latest — and perhaps the most daring and public — rebuke of Trump from Silicon Valley. Read More
April 17, 2017
The man spending millions to tell Elon Musk to 'dump Trump' is just getting started
The man behind the billboards telling Elon Musk to "dump Trump" has revealed himself, and he is far from finished with his work. Silicon Valley lawyer and venture capitalist Doug Derwin is funding a campaign to convince Musk, who heads both Tesla and SpaceX, to sever ties with President Donald Trump, according to Bloomberg. Derwin has bought billboard space — including one outside Tesla's Fremont, California, factory — started a website, and took the $150,000 he had planned to spend on a new Tesla and donated it to the ACLU instead. Read More
April 17, 2017
This Man Is Spending Millions to Break Elon Musk's Trump Ties
The day Donald Trump was elected President, Doug Derwin came into a lot of money. Derwin is a lawyer turned venture capitalist, and he’d cashed in on a successful investment. Like so many wealthy, Silicon Valley types, Derwin used the windfall to buy a Tesla Inc. electric car and stick it to the man -- or at least to the climate-change deniers he thought Trump represented. “One of the reasons I felt good about buying it was as a sort of statement in opposition to what was happening around me,” Derwin says. Read More
March 16, 2017
A further sign of tech discontent with Trump
Bay Area resistance to President Donald Trump has taken a new form — black and white billboards posted along the busiest highways. A second anti-Trump sign, this one aimed at tech developers, went up this week along Highway 101 north in Redwood City. The sign reads, “DEVS: Tech is hiring. Why work for a collaborator?” It carries a red “resist” tag and is sponsored by Action Media, Inc. No one has come forward publicly to take credit for the signs. Read More
March 10, 2017
A giant billboard outside Tesla's Fremont factory is asking Elon Musk to 'dump Trump'
A giant billboard near Tesla's Fremont factory is asking CEO Elon Musk to sever his ties with the Trump administration. The billboard reads "Elon: Please Dump Trump" and sits just three miles outside the Fremont factory on I-880, first reported. The sign's tagline reads "Resist" in red. Read More
March 8, 2017
Sign of discontent outside Tesla
As billboard ads go, it isn’t splashy — just four words on a digital sign near an industrial stretch of I-880 in the East Bay: “Elon: Please Dump Trump.” It flashes to traffic heading both ways on the interstate, just three miles from the Tesla factory. So far, no one is taking credit for the advertisement, which carries the tagline “Resist.” Read More
March 8, 2017
Billboard near Elon Musk's Tesla factory asks him to 'Dump Trump'
Elon Musk, like many other tech industry leaders, has been slammed by foes of President Trump for being part of the White House's business advisory council. On February 2, the Tesla and SpaceX CEO responded to his detractors who have called on him to drop out of the council, tweeting, "Advisory councils simply provide advice and attending does not mean that I agree with actions by the Administration ... I understand the perspective of those who object to my attending this meeting, but I believe this is doing good, so I will remain on council and keep at it." Read More
May 31, 2017
Musk to Trump: I’ll leave you for Paris
Tesla CEO Elon Musk said Wednesday he would leave two presidential advisory panels if President Donald Trump decides to the take the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement. Reports this week say Trump is poised to leave the voluntary climate pact. Read More