Since the New York Times published its investigation into Harvey Weinstein in early October 2017, dozens of high-profile men across multiple industries have been accused of sexual misconduct. In the tech and startup worlds, however, the cascade of allegations began months earlier.

In February 2017, former Uber engineer Susan Fowler wrote a bombshell blog post alleging systemic sexism. Since then, 19 venture capitalists, executives and other powerful people in Silicon Valley and beyond have been fired or resigned. Dates indicate when the alleged sexual misconduct was first reported, or when the resignation or firing was announced.

 

October 25, 2018: Richard DeVaul​

"Director of Rapid Evaluation and Mad Science," Alphabet's X division (formerly Google X)

Accused of: Unwanted sexual advances toward a female job applicant, which she reported to Google two years later; a Google HR official said the company investigated and took "appropriate corrective action," but did not say what action was taken.
His response: Apologized in a statement for an "error of judgment." 
What's happened since: Resigned. Google CEO Sundar Pichai apologized in a memo to employees and said the company is working to "take a much harder line on inappropriate behavior."

Sources: New York Times (1) (2)Axios, Bloomberg

March 19, 2018: Michael Ferro

Board chairman of newspaper publisher Tronc, serial entrepreneur, and investor

Accused of: Unwanted sexual advances toward two female entrepreneurs and inappropriate comments to female employees.
His response: A spokesman said Ferro "has never had a claim filed against him nor a settlement made on his behalf." Ferro has not yet commented on the allegations.
What's happened since: Retired as board chairman shortly before news broke of the allegations, but will remain a shareholder in and paid consultant to the company.
Who replaced him: Tronc CEO Justin Dearborn

Sources: Fortune, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, New York Times

March 19, 2018: Alex Fielding

CEO of robotics startup Ripcord

Accused of: Making lewd comments to two employees when they were interns, encouraging inappropriate workplace conversations, and firing employees who complained about the company's culture, including the two former interns and the co-founder who supervised them.
His response: Resigned as CEO, but will stay on as chief product officer and remain on the board of directors.
What's happened since: An internal investigation "did not substantiate all claims that were made," but found instances of inappropriate behavior; the company stated it would institute training and more board oversight to improve company culture.
Who replaced him: The company's board is searching for a new CEO.

Sources: Business Insider (1), (2), TechCrunch, Medium

CREDIT: Lanza Tech Ventures

February 14, 2018: Lucio Lanza

Managing director of venture capital firm Lanza Tech Ventures

Accused of: Groping and trying to kiss a woman during a flight while apparently drunk, according to the woman's lawsuit.
His response: Did not respond to requests for comment; a spokesperson said Lanza "has no idea of what he is being accused of" and only remembers talking to the woman, a startup founder, about her company.
What's happened since: The woman amended her lawsuit to allege that Lanza made unwanted advances toward additional women; Lanza's attorney called the lawsuit "sensationalist and meritless."

Sources: Business Insider, USA Today, Business Insider

December 1, 2017: Shervin Pishevar

Co-founder of venture capital firm Sherpa Capital

Accused of: Unwanted sexual advances toward six women. Arrested on rape accusation in May 2017; released without charges.
His response: Denies misconduct; sued a PR firm that he said was spreading defamatory claims (later dropped the lawsuit).

What's happened since: Took a leave of absence from both companies and other company boards; resigned from Sherpa.

Sources: Bloomberg, New York Times, Forbes, Business Insider, USA Today

CREDIT: Getty Images

November 29, 2017: Andy Rubin

Former Google executive (creator of Android), founder of smartphone startup Essential and venture capital firm Playground Global

Accused of: Sexual misconduct toward a female Google employee with whom he had been having an extramarital relationship.​
His response: Denied the allegations, saying in a statement that they were part of a smear campaign by his ex-wife.​
What's happened since: Google investigated and found the woman's claim credible. Rubin left Google in 2014 after the investigation, and was given a $90 million exit package. Google later invested in Playground Global, the VC firm Rubin founded after his departure. Rubin took a leave of absence from Essential in November 2017 "for personal reasons" but returned less than two weeks later.

Sources: New York Times (1), (2), Fortune, USA Today, TechCrunch, Recode

CREDIT: David Shankbone/Wikimedia Commons

November 29, 2017: Russell Simmons

Co-founder of Def Jam Recordings and several other businesses and nonprofits

Accused of: Sexual misconduct toward multiple women, including four allegations of rape.
His response: Apologized for "instances of thoughtlessness in [his] consensual relations" but denies all accusations of nonconsensual sexual behavior.
What's happened since: Resigned from his businesses.

Sources: New York Times, L.A. Times, Associated Press, CNN

CREDIT: Wikimedia Commons

October 23, 2017: Steve Jurvetson

Co-founder of venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ)

Accused of: One woman wrote on Facebook that "predatory behavior" was rampant at DFJ (Jurvetson was not named); the company investigated Jurvetson's behavior and allegedly found a pattern of extramarital affairs but not harassment​.
His response: Admitted to questionable behavior in personal relationships, but denies harassment or professional misconduct; says he is "taking legal action against those who defamed me."
What's happened since: Resigned; taking a leave from the boards of Tesla and SpaceX; apparently starting a new venture fund called Future Ventures.

Sources: Recode (1), (2), New York Times, USA Today, Business Insider

CREDIT: Wikimedia Commons

October 22, 2017: Robert Scoble

Blogger, author, speaker, co-founder of consulting firm Transformation Group

Accused of: Groping two women, and unwanted advances toward additional women.
His response: Apologized on Facebook for inappropriate behavior, but later wrote a blog post denying sexual harassment, denied saying he would take off the rest of the year, and accused news outlets that broke the story of posting "clickbait."
What's happened since: Resigned from Transformation Group and reportedly canceled public appearances.

Sources: BuzzFeed, TechCrunch, The Verge, USA Today, Robert Scoble

September 11, 2017: Mike Cagney

Co-founder of online lending startup Social Finance (SoFi)

Accused of: Inappropriate relationships with two female employees, bragging about sexual conquests at after-hours company gatherings; a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against SoFi by a former employee accused him of "empowering other managers to engage in sexual conduct in the workplace."
His response: Denies misconduct, said he resigned because "the combination of HR-related litigation and negative press have become a distraction."
What's happened since: Resigned, and has launched a new fintech startup called Figure; SoFi is investigating the allegations.
Who replaced him: Former Twitter COO Anthony Noto became CEO in March 2018.

Sources: New York Times, Forbes, Inc., SoFi, Fast Company, Recode

 

August 3, 2017: Tom Frangione

Chief operating officer at venture capital firm Greylock Partners

Accused of: Inappropriate relationship with an employee, which the company described as a "significant lapse in judgment."
His response: Did not respond to requests for comment.
What's happened since: Resigned; company added an HR executive, held training, and formalized its code of conduct.

Sources: Bloomberg, Mercury News, Fast Company

 

July 14, 2017: Kris Duggan

Founder of software company BetterWorks Systems

Accused of: Fostering a workplace culture hostile toward women; drunkenly harassing an employee and assaulting her at a company retreat, according to the employee's lawsuit, which was settled. Another suit by an employee has since been filed alleging harassment, discrimination and retaliation.
His response: Disputes the allegations, but reportedly apologized and promised an investigation; BetterWorks later issued a statement saying an independent investigation found no violation of company policies.
What's happened since: Resigned as CEO and president but remains on the company's board. Company has added training, an alcohol policy and a diversity initiative. Penguin Random House postponed publication of a book co-authored by Duggan, then later released it without his name. He announced in January 2018 that he is launching a new startup.
Who replaced him: Board member Doug Dennerline will be named CEO.

Sources: Bloomberg, TechCrunch, Business Insider, Fortune

 

July 12, 2017: Frank Artale

Venture capitalist at Ignition Partners, former executive at Microsoft

Accused of: Inappropriate conduct toward two anonymous accusers, one of which the company investigated in 2016.
His response: Did not respond to requests for comment.
What's happened since: Resigned.

Sources: Bloomberg, Seattle Times, TechCrunch, Reuters

CREDIT: Wikimedia Commons

June 30, 2017: Marc Canter

Startup adviser, serial entrepreneur, co-founder of software company Macromedia

Accused of: Unwanted sexual advances toward two women.
His response: Apologized and pledged to support women-run startups.
What's happened since: Resigned.

Sources: New York Times, New York Magazine, Bloomberg, Medium

June 30, 2017: Chris Sacca

Co-founder of venture capital firm Lowercase Capital

Accused of: Touching a woman's face without consent in a way that made her uncomfortable.
His response: Disputes the account of the accuser, but apologized for contributing to a culture that made Silicon Valley "inhospitable" to women and pledged to advocate for women and other underrepresented groups in tech.
What's happened since: Retired from venture capital in April 2017 (before the accusation became public).

Sources: New York Times, CNBC, CNN, Medium, Business Insider

June 30, 2017: Dave McClure

Co-founder of venture capital firm 500 Startups

Accused of: Unwanted sexual advances toward at least two women.
His response: Publicly apologized, admitted to harassing multiple women.
What's happened since: Resigned; the company has given some control and board seats to Abu Dhabi Financial Group.
Who replaced him: Co-founder Christine Tsai will serve as CEO.

Sources: New York Times, Fortune, TechCrunch, Recode (1), (2), Inc.

CREDIT: Getty Images

June 22, 2017: Justin Caldbeck

Co-founder of venture vapital firm Binary Capital

Accused of: Sexual harassment of six women, and creating a "sexist and sexual" workplace environment, according to an employee's updated lawsuit.
His response: Sent apology emails to accusers and other critics; tweeted in support of the #MeToo movement and Time's "silence breakers" story (then deleted it); spoke at Duke about the dangers of "bro culture." Declined to comment on the expansion of the lawsuit.
What's happened since: Resigned; company shut down. VC firm Lerer Hippeau will take over most of the investments in Binary's portfolio and assume its board seats.
Who replaced him: Co-founder Jonathan Teo offered to resign but has stayed on. VC firm Lerer Hippeau will take over the investments in Binary's portfolio and assume its board seats.

Sources: New York Times, Bloomberg (1), (2), Quartz, Wired, Axios, Recode

CREDIT: Getty Images

March 20, 2017: Miki Agrawal

Founder of underwear company Thinx

Accused of: Touching and commenting on employees' breasts, describing her sexual exploits and desires to employees, other inappropriate workplace behavior.
Her response: Denies misconduct, says the allegations of harassment are "baseless."
What's happened since: Stepped down as CEO a week before accusations were reported; Thinx said it commissioned an investigation that found the allegations "had no legal merit." The company added an employee handbook, training sessions, and a human resources department to address concerns about company culture. Agrawal still runs a separate startup, Tushy, and will publish a book in 2019.
Who replaced her: Maria Molland Selby became CEO in July 2017.

Sources: New York Magazine, Fortune, CNBC, Jezebel, Racked (1), (2)

February 27, 2017: Amit Singhal

Senior vice president of engineering at Uber, previously senior vice president of search at Google

Accused of: Not disclosing to Uber that he left Google after an allegation of sexual harassment that company executives found "credible".
His response: Denies harassment; denies that the accusation is why he left Google.
What's happened since: Resigned.

Sources: Recode, Quartz, Fortune, Bloomberg, Mercury News Bloomberg, Mercury News

Published on: Jan 26, 2018