Silicon Valley power duo will be advising Donald Trump

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Elon Musk, chairman and CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, and Travis Kalanick, CEO and co-founder of Uber, are officially joining Donald Trump’s advisory board.

On Wednesday, Musk confirmed to Mashable that he will be joining Trump’s economic advisory council, andPresident-elect Trump’s transition team confirmed Kalanick and PepsiCo Chairman and CEO, Indra Nooyi, will join him as well.

Though Musk said he hoped Trump would not receive the GOP nomination back in October 2015, as Trump further journeys into the tech industry it appears as though Musk is stepping up to offer his assistance.

Musk and other members of Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum, chaired by Stephen A. Schwarzman, Chairman, CEO, and Co-Founder of Blackstone, are set to provide the President with unique personal views on the impacts of government policy on economic growth, job creation, and productivity.

“This forum brings together CEOs and business leaders who know what it takes to create jobs and drive economic growth, said President-elect Trump in a press release from Blackstone. “My administration is committed to drawing on private sector expertise and cutting the government red tape that is holding back our businesses from hiring, innovating, and expanding right here in America.”

Trump is scheduled to hold a summit meeting on Wednesday, which Musk is attending, along with other high level executives from Apple, Google, IBM and more.

The president-elect has been stocking his cabinet full of the nation’s top business leaders, announcing ExxonMobil’s CEO Rex Tillerson as his choice for secretary of state on Tuesday.

“My Administration is going to work together with the private sector to improve the business climate and make it attractive for firms to create new jobs across the United States from Silicon Valley to the heartland,” Trump said in the press release.

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