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@JenWojcik Apple made two big campus bets in 2019: Austin and San Diego. I worked for Apple at that time, and I recalled that I could count the people who were even interested in Austin on one hand, and mostly because they have family connections there. Everyone recognized in 2019 that Texas was going down the Fascist dumpster hole, and Austin was part of it.

Then the pandemic hit, and no-one made a move.

Now that Apple has foolishly leaned into RTO (ironically, to a large extent driven by the need to protect their real estate investments, I assume), they are trying to attract people to those campuses again. Now that abortion access is basically gone from Texas, you can bet anyone with a uterus isn’t going to step foot in that state. Same goes for trans or queer folk: who the hell would go to Texas in the present day, knowing they don’t even want you to exist?

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