The behavior of Silicon Valley tech investors towards women founders has been one of the Valley’s dirty little secrets until now, due to fear of reprisal or rejection.
Recently 500 Startups founder Dave McClure apologized to women on his blog post and admitted him being a ‘Creep’ . He wrote the post after he stepped down as the CEO.
The Blog post is titled ” I’m a creep.I’m sorry” where he started off as
“By now you may have heard I fucked up, and people are calling me a creep.
While I’d like to believe that I’m not a bad or evil person, regardless it’s clear that some of my past actions have hurt or offended several women.
And I probably deserve to be called a creep.
So, what did I do?”
He also admitted of taking advances towards multiple woman in work related scenarios . He stated that he selfishly took advantage of those situations. He admitted that he was sorry for that but nothing can be changed.
He personally apologized to Sarah Kunst for harassing her after she talked with him about a job at 500 Startups. “My apologies to Sarah for my inappropriate behavior in a setting I thought was social, but in hindsight was clearly not,” he wrote in his blog post.
The accusations caused McClure to step down from his role as the CEO of 500 Startup’s one of Silicon Valley’s most active startup incubators.
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