Nick Summers, writing for Businessweek on Whitney Wolfe’s sexual harassment lawsuit against Tinder:
This conduct would be abhorrent directed at anyone. What gives
these allegations even greater sting is Wolfe’s contention that
she was not just any employee but a Tinder co-founder — and was
stripped of the designation as a result of the treatment she
endured. This isn’t just adding insult to injury; it’s adding
injury to injury, since a co-founder of a hot startup can be
expected to attract better career opportunities than someone who
was a mere early employee.
Was Whitney Wolfe a co-founder of Tinder? I think the answer
exposes a different, quieter, but no less punishing form of the
sexism that is pervasive in the startup world.
None of the many men I spoke to had mentioned her name. In my
notes is a single reference to “Whitney” — from a preliminary
phone call with Rosette Pambakian, Tinder’s PR rep, who described
her as one of five company co-founders. (Take note, Wolfe and IAC
Don’t miss the second and third pages of Summers’s story, which contain screenshots of blatantly racist and sexist posts from Justin Mateen’s now-private Instagram account.
Update: Look at the timeline, and consider just how long this situation was tolerated within Tinder. Tinder is not unique.
★ Wednesday, 2 July 2014