It was a small sum, but the entrepreneurs quit their jobs the next day, setting up camp in a donated corner of another startup’s loft office above San Francisco’s Union Square. In the ensuing months, the pair eschewed new clothes, walked instead of Ubered and assembled a small, mostly unpaid staff.They found pro bono lawyers with startup expertise, signed contracts, designed and revised their Power Point pitch a dozen times and met with more than 50 potential investors. They had 1,500 clients wait-listed for a beta launch.
Google Ventures General Partner Kevin Rose, Khosla Ventures Board Member Keith Rabois, Yahoo!
It’s a place where companies routinely staff conference booths with scantily clad “code-babes” and where women are so routinely sexually harassed at conferences that codes of conduct have become de rigueur—and the subject of endless misogynistic jokes on Twitter.
It is still the kind of place where investors can tweak women who ask them for financing with barbs like “I don’t like the way women think.
They haven’t mastered linear thinking.” This was how one investor turned down Kathryn Tucker’s pitch for Red Rover, an app that helps parents find kid-friendly things to do, which has since launched in New York, San Francisco and Atlanta.
Three high-profile sexual harassment lawsuits have been filed against Tinder, the virtual town square of hookup culture, and two of the biggest venture capital firms—Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and CMEA Capital.
President and CEO Marissa Mayer, Greylock Partners Partner John Lilly, SV Angel Founder and Managing Partner David Lee, and Sequoia Capital Partner Roelof Botha judge onstage the Startup Battlefield Finals at Tech Crunch Disrupt at Pier 48, Sept. On a spring afternoon last year at an outdoor café in San Francisco, two denizens of the tech community sketched out their strategy for a startup.