President Barack Obama is here in San Francisco on a brief layover as he attends several campaign fundraisers to help pay for his re-election. On the White House website, his schedule has a private campaign event now before he goes to a private event and then a campaign rally at the Masonic Hall in San Francisco. What’s remarkable is that in the above photo, taken by Menlo Ventures managing director, Shervin Pishevar, President Obama is meeting with members, leaders, and investors in the tech community. It’s actually not that surprising since this comes on the heels of reports that the Obama campaign has opened the first-ever tech field office right here in the city. Quite fitting then that the President is shown meeting with influential people like Zynga’s Mark Pincus, Salesforce.com’s Marc Benioff, investor Chris Sacca, Twitter founder Ev Williams, CEO of JLabs’ Judy Estrin and 15 other amazing entrepreneurs. One might assume that this meeting is to help accomplish three things for President Obama: educate him on emerging technology, how entrepreneurs can help the economy create more jobs, and to help raise some money.
I’m sure that the influential tech entrepreneurs in that room will also be taking away some great insights from the President as well.