Two employers said Friday that startup accelerator Y Combinator kicked them out of their program to speak publicly about misogyny and members ’efforts to circumvent eligibility requirements for the COVID-19 vaccine.
“Lol just kicked out of @ycombinator,” Dark CEO Paul Biggar wrote on Twitter.
Biggar said he was fired by a March tweet in which he claimed that two founders posted on internal Y Combinator forums saying they had skipped vaccine queues in Oakland, California, and that they had shared tips to help other founders jump. points on the tail.
Hours later, prolific CEO Katia Damer responded to Biggar’s tweet, claiming that Y Combinator had kicked her out for talking about misogyny at the accelerator.
“Okay, I’ll go public: two weeks ago, YC also kicked me out because I dared to criticize its beloved founders,” Damer said.
“Jessica literally advocated a misogyny,” she said, referring to Y Combinator’s founding partner Jessica Livingston, adding, “I called him and was kicked out of his’ oh-so-big ‘lmao community.’ .
“YC has systematically disadvantaged female founders for years,” Damer said, noting that Y Combinator’s success stories include “almost exclusively white male founders.”
Y Combinator did not respond to any requests for comment on this story.
Venture capital has long been a diversity issue, as companies hire few investors or employees of color and allocate an overwhelming majority of their investments to white male founders. At times, Y Combinator has expressed its vocation on the need to increase diversity in its ranks, but has struggled to move forward significantly.
In September, Y Combinator claimed that its black, latinx and female foundation portfolio companies had a combined post-money valuation of $ 23.6 billion, less than 8% of the combined valuation of more than $ 300 billion of the its main companies.