Boston VC Firm Says ‘F*ck Trump’
Few phrases to emerge from this election season so neatly sum up the outright rejection of everything the GOP nominee stands for than the profane, percussive mantra.
And now it’s popped up in a particularly abrasive open letter from a Boston venture capital firm.
“F*ck Trump,” reads the title to a blog post that is making waves in Boston and beyond, which CRV (formerly Charles River Ventures) published on Medium yesterday. The eye-catching headline precedes an argument pushing back against the businessman’s calls to tighten immigration restrictions and build a border wall with Mexico. The terse two-word message is now also at the top of CRV’s website.
“Donald Trump’s anti-immigration statements are diametrically opposed to the core values of entrepreneurship,” reads the post. “And at CRV, we’ve had enough.”
The message is a pretty clever marketing scheme, which led to coverage of the stunt in the tech, financial, local and political media. Being a Silicon Valley player and opposing the presidential ambitions of Donald Trump is in vogue.
But the firm says it’s putting it’s money where it’s foul mouth is, pledging to help companies in its portfolio pay for the visas foreign workers require to work in the U.S.
“We’ve also created a CRV Fellowship Program to provide funding, support and office space for immigrant entrepreneurs. If you feel you fit the bill, come share your stories and your ideas,” the post reads. George Zachary, a CRV general partner, tells TechCruch that so far one company founder has enrolled in the program. “If you are for building walls and stopping change, stay away. Bigots need not apply.”