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Steve Jurvetson is out at his own VC firm after allegations of
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jkw - 1 minutes ago
Reply from Steve Jurvetson:"I am leaving DFJ to focus on personal
matters, including taking legal action against those whose false
statements have defamed
AlexandrB - 32 minutes ago
The framing here is priceless.> Jurvetson is the highest-profile
venture capitalist to be forced from his job amid an industrywide
evaluation of how Silicon Valley treats women.And then later.> The
departure comes as Jurvetson was being investigated by his own firm
for harassment. An entrepreneur had alleged predatory behavior was
?rampant? at DFJ. The woman, Keri Kukral, did not name Jurvetson in
her Facebook post.So the "industrywide evaluation" is individual
victims coming forward and reporting past abuse. That's a very
charitable take that implies the industry is taking some sort of
hkmurakami - 28 minutes ago
The firm itself is leading the investigation, rather than an
outside individual bringing a lawsuit.This is a much more
proactive scenario than the KPCB-Pao situation several years ago.
AlexandrB - 25 minutes ago
Even so, that's not an "industrywide evaluation" but a single
firm acting responsibly. If there is a concerted push in tech
to deal with sexual harassment and/or sexism I'd love to know
gt_ - 4 minutes ago
Maybe there are different difinitions of ?deal with? beig
used here? Either way, sexual harrassment is an incredibly
difficult problem to ?deal with.? Acknowledging it is very
easy, but if the ends don?t justify the means, it?s unlikely
to happen. The public pressure creates an environment where
the ends are more likely to justify the means, but the
original issues of how to actually deal with it in an
effective manner remain, and they are significant.
saas_sam - 4 minutes ago
How would you determine whether or not there is a "concerted
push to deal with sexual harassment and/or sexism in tech"?
Perhaps if many tech companies announced such a push? Or
maybe if all major tech publications were consistently
reporting on the subject? If top tech companies were hiring
expensive executives to specifically handle sexism/sexual
harassment, would that be enough?Because all of that has
clearly been happening this year. What else can be done?
MsMowz - 30 minutes ago
It is nice to see comeuppance for those who used their position to
hurt others. I'm hopeful that the past few weeks lead to a new
culture where victims do not fear retribution for speaking out or
going to authorities, but I fear that without a concerted effort to
make that happen things will go back to normal and this will just
be a blip.
pm90 - 1 minutes ago
Its unlikely that people who are inclined to abuse their power
this way will not notice. Its been a media blitz, and its
astonishing how prevalent this kind of behavior has been so far.
Hopefully it will at least make the abusers think twice, but more
importantly, I hope it will empower the victims to speak out and
not feel like its been their fault.