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New York Times:
30 current and former SoFi employees describe years of misconduct by executives including CEO Mike Cagney and a rancorous workplace environment   —  SAN FRANCISCO — For months, the text messages came.  Some were flirtatious, asking her to meet him late at night.  Sometimes, the texts were sexually explicit.
Sep 12, 2017, 10:10 PMIn context
New York Times:
SoFi CEO and co-founder Mike Cagney to step down following sexual harassment suit; sources say he skirted risk and compliance controls while expanding business   —  Social Finance, an online lender that has been one of the more prominent financial technology start-ups, said on Monday …
Sep 11, 2017, 10:07 PMIn context
New York Times:
Sources: Uber board mulls offers from SoftBank and a Dragoneer-led coalition to buy from shareholders at discount from last valuation, plus a Pishevar-led offer   —  SAN FRANCISCO — Uber's board has voted to move forward on proposals by two investment groups to buy shares in the ride-hailing service …
Aug 13, 2017, 8:28 PMIn context
Katie Benner / New York Times:
AngelList co-founder Babak Nivi has also left the board; sources describe an incident leading to a contractor and Nivi signing a nondisparagement agreement   —  Often used at tech companies, nondisparagement agreements are increasingly included in employment contracts and legal settlements.
Jul 21, 2017, 8:05 PMIn context
Katie Benner / New York Times:
More female entrepreneurs describe sexual harassment by investors on the record; Dave McClure is no longer running 500 Startups after an internal investigation   —  Their stories came out slowly, even hesitantly, at first.  Then in a rush.  —  One female entrepreneur recounted …
Jun 30, 2017, 6:40 PMIn context
New York Times:
A look at Arianna Huffington's growing influence at Uber, where she has become one of Travis Kalanick's closest confidantes   —  SAN FRANCISCO — In April, Wan Ling Martello, the head of Nestlé in Asia, found herself seated across from Arianna Huffington, an Uber director and a founder …
Jun 18, 2017, 5:05 PMIn context
Katie Benner / New York Times:
When an Uber employee sells stock back to the company under a repurchase program, Travis Kalanick gets voting rights to all of that employee's shares   —  SAN FRANCISCO — Travis Kalanick, the chief executive of Uber, already wields plenty of control over the company because it is structured to favor its founders.
Jun 13, 2017, 8:10 AMIn context
Katie Benner / New York Times:
Experimental 2-year Holberton School aims to train diverse group of software engineers, takes 17% of graduates' salaries for 3 years instead of up front tuition   —  SAN FRANCISCO — Like many computer science students, Max Johnson spends his days learning new programming languages …
Jun 12, 2017, 8:50 AMIn context
Katie Benner / New York Times:
Snap's disappointing earnings report and stock tumble send a warning to other unprofitable IPO-bound tech companies   —  SAN FRANCISCO — A day after Snap posted a $2.2 billion loss and decelerating user growth in its first earnings report as a public company, the repercussions started spreading through …
May 14, 2017, 2:00 AMIn context
Katie Benner / New York Times:
Leaked documents reveal the hotel industry's plan to combat Airbnb with lobbying, pushing for bills at state level, and funds for anti-Airbnb research   —  SAN FRANCISCO — Last year, Airbnb underwent a rough regulatory patch.  —  The short-term rental company became a Federal Trade Commission target …
Apr 17, 2017, 2:40 AMIn context

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