Raleigh entrepreneur Jesse Lipson, founder of Sharefile, which sold to Citrix, spoke at the Democratic National Convention Monday night and attacked NC HB2, the so-called “bathroom bill,” saying, “Nothing scares away investment like hate.”

He said he tells his employees, “Focus on solutions, not problems,” saying Trump sees only problems while Hillary Clinton offers solutions.

“Where’s this losing country he’s always talking about?” He asked of Trump. “In the country I live in, the North Carolina I live in, the creative spirit is alive and well.” He noted the majority of jobs are created by startups. “I taught myself to build software on nights and weekends,” he said, starting a company at age 26 with $100 in advertising and today “We’re in more than 100 countries and created 800 jobs in NC.”

He said Trump doesn’t understand something about business — “Nothing scares away investment like hate. Disgusting laws like North Carolina’s attack on LGBT Americans are costing my state hundreds of millions of dollars. It cost us the NBA All-Star game, but it’s also costing us talented programmers and I’ve seen venture capitalists who refuse to invest in our state. Republicans think they’re telling people which bathroom to go into, but they’re actually telling them which market to stay out of.”

He added that when he travels abroad, “I hear people talk about legal discrimination in America. It doesn’t just hurt my state. It hurts our entire country.”

Clinton, he said, would support federal policies that prevent discrimination, cut taxes on small businesses “so they can hire and grow,” and invest in breakthrough R&D, and help lift the burden of college debt.”

Lipson’s wife, Brooks Bell, who is also active in the Triangle business scene, speaks at the DNC Tuesday.