Talk about power lunches, err, dinners. That's President Barack Obama toasting a gathering of Silicon Valley CEOs Thursday evening hosted at the Woodside, Calif. home of venture capitalist John Doerr. The president is seated between Apple CEO Steve Jobs, on his left, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
The two CEOs represent two generations of tech innovation. Jobs, who is on medical leave from Apple, co-founded Apple in 1976. Today, Apple is one of the most valued companies in the world, and Jobs is considered the greatest tech product visionary in modern history. The twenty-six-year-old Zuckerberg founded Facebook in 2004 and is being touted as a visionary, running a company that could eventually become one of the most valuable companies in the world. Perhaps President Obama is hoping some of the visionary magic will rub off on him as he deals with the complexities of global unrest, wars and economic turmoil.
Among the notables on hand for the get-together was Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg, (pictured above,) as well as Google chief executive Eric Schmidt, and Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs.. Also attending were the heads of Twitter, Yahoo, NetFlix and Oracle, and the president of Stanford University, among others.