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Tech Execs Rally Behind Harris as Known Quantity for VP Pick

“Folks in Silicon Valley, they know Kamala” 

Senator Kamala Harris and former Vice President Joe Biden.

Senator Kamala Harris and former Vice President Joe Biden.

Photographer: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg

Many people in Silicon Valley sighed a breath of relief when Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden selected California Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate. After a primary season in which hostility towards the tech industry ran hot, Biden tapped a politician who has spent most of her career representing the Bay Area, who has a tight relationship with billionaire Laurene Powell Jobs—and whose brother-in-law is one of the top executives at ride hailing company Uber Technologies Inc.

“Folks in Silicon Valley, they know Kamala,” said Cooper Teboe, among the most prominent Democratic fundraisers focused on the tech industry. “Even if they don't know her that well personally, they at least know someone who knows her very well personally.”