Jobs, Zuckerberg, et al talk tech with Obama

The gathering of techies assembled by President Barack Obama enjoyed a swanky meal around the table of venture capitalist John Doerr in a luxurious pad just outside San Francisco Research last week,

According to reports from around the table, Obama was keen to talk about his 'competitiveness agenda' touching on subjects such as R&D, exporting technology and getting kids to study 'math' at college.

Amongst the great and good assembled was a seemingly sprightly and certainly undead Steve Jobs as well as bum-fluff billionaire Mark Zuckerberg and outgoing Google CEO Eric Schmidt.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told journalists: "The president specifically discussed his proposals to invest in research and development and expand incentives for companies to grow and hire."

He also said the discussions included findings ways of encouraging schoolkids to study maths, science and engineering.


President Barack Obama joins a toast with technology executives including Apple's Steve Jobs and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg at a dinner in Woodside, California, Feb. 17, 2011.

The full list of attendees at the shindig is: Carol Bartz, president and CEO, Yahoo Inc.; John Chambers, chairman and CEO of Cisco; John Doerr, partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers; Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, Larry Ellison, CEO, Oracle Corp; Reed Hastings, CEO, Netflix Inc.; Steve Jobs, chairman and CEO of Apple; president of Stanford University, John Hennessy; Art Levinson, chairman and former CEO of Genentech Inc. Eric Schmidt, Chairman and CEO of Google; Steve Westly, managing partner of The Westly Group and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.