sexual harassment

How dumberer can people get? Even accomplished investors can do really questionable things. Take Pavel Curda, a venture capitalist, mentor at an incubator and the founder of the API Mashup Contest. His dumb thing is meeting women at tech gatherings and emailing them the following message soon after:

One Woman Finally Calls Out a Tech Investor for Creepy Advances

Yep.

The crazy thing is that this must work sometimes, else why would he keep doing it right? Well, Pavel flew too far near the sun when he tried it on Gesche Haas.

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Bloomberg Businessweek has a fascinating article on Tinder’s origins story, which alleges much of what we know to be mythologized.  It’s a fantastic story and worth reading.

Tinder is not a start-up, for starters.  Giant corporation IAC is the majority owner.  IAC also owns Match.com and originally planned for Tinder to be a marketing tool to get more users to the paid service.

The two most often portrayed as Tinder’s co-founders, CEO Sean Rad and his buddy Justin Mateen, aren’t really so.  Mateen joined only after Tinder was launched on the app store, and there were three others who played crucial founding roles but don’t get much if any recognition.

One of them is Whitney Wolfe, a former marketing executive, who is suing Tinder and parent IAC for sexual harassment and discrimination.  More interesting though is that Tinder’s marketing breakthrough was her initiative.

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