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The Voice of the Innovation Economy


TechNet is the preeminent bipartisan political network of CEOs and Seniors Executives that promotes the growth of technology-led innovation. Founded in 1997 by visionaries John Doerr, Jim Barksdale and John Chambers, TechNet unites with government leaders across the country to sculpt public policies that ensure American competitiveness and economic leadership.

TechNet members are chief executive officers and senior executives of the nation’s leading companies in the fields of information technology, biotechnology, clean technology, venture capital, e-commerce and finance. Together, they represent two million employees and $800 billion in revenues. As part of our network, TechNet members enjoy unique access to critical discussion that shapes our nation’s public policy. TechNet provides members the opportunity to forge deep relationships with both federal and state policymakers and other industry leaders.

Under the direction of industry leaders, TechNet is now the technology industry’s strongest voice in innovation, as both a powerful fundraising network and an effective policy advocacy organization. Through our policies, our advocacy, and the power of our network, TechNet has an extraordinary impact on federal and state issues that are critical to sustaining American competitiveness in the global market.


TechNet is the technology industry’s largest and most recognized bi-partisan fundraising organization offering members unparalleled opportunities to support leading elected officials. Our companies play a key role in making TechNet the industry’s premier political advocacy association, raising $3 million for candidates and elected officials at over 100 events in the 2008 election cycle. Learn more here.


Since its inception, TechNet has advanced public policy and private sector initiatives that make the U.S. a world leader in innovation. TechNet champions policies that foster a climate for innovation and competition. Policy priorities are selected by TechNet members and executed by our legislative teams at both the federal and state levels. Learn more here.


TechNet has expanded into key states that play critical roles in the technology industry. In addition to TechNet’s federal operations in Washington, DC, TechNet maintains a presence in Silicon Valley, Sacramento, New England, New York, the Pacific Northwest, Texas and the Southwest. Each year, TechNet works with its members to develop strategic state and regional policy agendas, and consults with individual companies to help them capitalize on state-specific incentive programs. Learn more here.