When the presidential candidates took the debate stage for the third and final time, in Las Vegas Wednesday night, one thing was clear: This would be the policy debate viewers had been waiting for.
As Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton began a relatively civil back-and-forth about policy issues, with moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News running a tight ship, Box co-founder Aaron Levie echoed the Twitterverse's initial sentiment.
Oh, so *this* is how a debate is supposed to work.-- Aaron Levie (@levie) October 20, 2016
Laura Ingraham, while not an entrepreneur, but host of the radio talk show The Laura Ingraham Show and a leading Trump supporter, believed her candidate should have dug in more on the economy.
Trump should be OWNING her on this. You want to grow govt. I want to shrink it. You want more regulations on biz. I want fewer.-- Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) October 20, 2016
And Ingraham had some specific suggestions for how Trump could hit Clinton where it hurts.
Why isn't he hitting Wikileaks & FOIA revelations about how they ran the State Dept?-- Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) October 20, 2016
Meanwhile, many entrepreneurs had plenty of criticism for Trump. Melinda Byerley, founder of software selection tool Vendorsi, was skeptical of a number of the candidate's claims--especially that 100 percent of Trump Foundation money goes to charity.
Jennifer Siebel Newsom, founder and CEO of production company the Representation Project, had some serious doubts about Trump's claims of business success.
And Aileen Lee, Cowboy Ventures VC, went after Trump's aggressive debate style and habit of interrupting Clinton.
Every time he interrupts her with "wrong" it is making me feel physically sick.-- aileenlee (@aileenlee) October 20, 2016
VC Peter Thiel, one of the few prominent Trump supporters in Silicon Valley, may not have been tweeting about the debate, but he was the subject of debate night tweets. Some tech leaders, like the founder of bookmarking site Pinboard, Maciej Ceglowski, brought up the PayPal co-founder's donation pledge to the Republican candidate.
@tqbf I predict Thiel is going to make another donation to Trump after this debate, and YC and Facebook will just eat it-- Pinboard (@Pinboard) October 20, 2016
The crowd's favorite Trumpisms from the night were "bad hombres"--his way of referencing illegal, criminal immigrants--and "nasty woman"--which he lobbed after Clinton jabbed him on escaping taxes. Though some tweeted about the racist and sexist nature of the remarks, many, like John Lilly of Greylock Partners, chose to keep it light.
Bad hombres and nasty women. Honestly, I'll take it.-- John Lilly (@johnolilly) October 20, 2016
If there was one thing the Twitterverse could agree on, it was perhaps the admirable performance of the debate's moderator. Tristan Walker, founder of Bevel, a shaving system for black men, noted: "Chris Wallace was brilliant. And a great closing message."