Two entrepreneurs claimed Friday the startup accelerator Y Combinator kicked them out of its program for talking publicly about misogyny and members’ efforts to bypass COVID-19 vaccine eligibility necessities.
“Lol simply received kicked out of @ycombinator,” Darkish CEO Paul Biggar tweeted.
Biggar stated he was expelled for a March tweet wherein he claimed two founders posted to inner Y Combinator boards saying they’d skipped vaccine queues in Oakland, California, and had shared suggestions to assist different founders additionally soar spots in line.
Simply hours later, Prolific CEO Katia Damer replied to Biggar’s tweet, claiming Y Combinator had kicked her out for talking about misogyny inside the accelerator.
“OK, I am going to come out publicly: 2 weeks in the past YC kicked me out as properly as a result of I dared to criticise their beloved founders,” Damer stated.
“Jessica actually defended a misogynist,” she stated, referring to Y Combinator founding accomplice Jessica Livingston, including: “I known as it out and received expelled from their ‘oh-so-great’ neighborhood lmao.”
“YC has systemically deprived feminine founders for years,” Damer stated, claiming Y Combinator’s success tales included “nearly solely white male founders.”
Y Combinator didn’t reply to a request for touch upon this story.
Enterprise capital has lengthy had a range drawback, with corporations hiring few traders or staff of shade and funneling an amazing majority of their investments towards white male founders. Y Combinator has been vocal at occasions through the years about the necessity to enhance range in its ranks, however it has struggled to make important progress.
In September, Y Combinator touted that its Black-, Latinx-, and female-founded portfolio firms had a mixed post-money valuation of $23.6 billion — lower than 8% of the greater than $300 billion mixed valuation of its prime firms alone.