Puerto Rico governor courts Facebook, Uber and Sunrun execs
SAN JUAN – While on his trip to San Francisco Thursday, the governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rosselló, met with top executives of Facebook, Uber and Sunrun and ask them to “collaborate, establish, or expand their operations on the island,” his office said Thursday.
Rosselló visited Facebook headquarters and met with COO Sheryl Sandberg and Head of State Legislative Affairs Dan Sachs to discuss the possibility of establishing “cooperation initiatives” with small Puerto Rican companies to use the platform as a means for strengthening their operations.
The governor also met with Lynn Jurich, cofounder of Sunrun, and said an announcement would be made “soon” about the residential solar power provider’s plans in Puerto Rico.
“Part of the energy transformation agenda is to open the doors to generate more renewable energy and for the Island to depend less on fossil fuel,” Rosselló says in the release.
The governor also spoke with David Richter, global head of Business and Corporate Development at transportation and food delivery network Uber about the use of its mobile application on the island and “his plan to expand services in Puerto Rico,” the release reads, adding that an “announcement regarding this platform and its services in the Island is expected soon.”
The governor is also expected to meet with Google and Tesla executives later Thursday.
“The key to the development of Puerto Rico consists in the union of forces between the Puerto Rican community emerging in the states and the Puerto Ricans on the Island. The Administration of Governor Rosselló seeks that Puerto Ricans in San Francisco have a closer interaction with the Puerto Rico Innovation and Technology Service (PRITS), as well as with the digital initiatives of the Government to continue developing new innovators in Puerto Rico,” Carlos Mercader, executive director of the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration in Washington, D.C., who coordinated the meeting agenda, adds in the release.
Rosselló highlighted earlier Thursday the island’s attributes and investment incentives before a group of “innovators and investors convened by Airbnb in Andreesen Horrowitz,” a venture capital firm based in Silicon Valley, known for investing in the social network Twitter.
“We want the innovators who went out to look for capital and investments to know the advantages of expanding operations on the Island. In addition to creating new jobs, they will help inspire and serve as a model for future innovators in Puerto Rico. Our Island is recovering after the hurricane and is open for business,” the governor added.