Homeless hater Greg Gopman was a jerk at the office, too

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Former AngelHack CEO Greg Gopman
Via Gopman's Facebook.

Former AngelHack CEO Greg Gopman not only fanned the flames of San Franciscan tech resentment by calling the homeless “degenerates” and “trash” on Facebook, but it seems people in his own company didn’t like him much, either. 

Apparently the small staff of AngelHack rebelled against Gopman’s management style, leading to a power swap in October, said new AngelHack CEO Sabeen Ali. It all started when she took a vacation.

“I stepped away for a couple weeks, took some time off,” she told the Guardian. “In that time things got so bad in the company Greg and I had a very frank conversation and mutually decided it would be the best thing to do.” 

Just what he did at work to cause so much trouble wasn’t clear, but his Facebook page offered a few hints. 

The day Gopman made his disparaging remarks about the homeless, the Guardian perused his Facebook posts. We discovered a photo of him posing with four young women in China captioned “I could do worse,” and other comments such as “It’s like a hackathon, but with more girls” at a design conference. Also: “Dear diary, why are girls on South Beach so trashy?” 

gopman facebook post

Noting that most of the employees listed on AngelHack’s website were female, we asked Ali if his issues around the office had to do with his attitude towards women. 

“Yes,” she replied, but would not elaborate. Gopman didn’t hire AngelHack’s female employees himself, she clarified -- they were mostly from her social network. 

Ultimately, it was best for all sides that he left, she said.

“We don’t have that large of a team. I can say very confidently Greg was on one side and we were on another. It was a snowball effect, because of certain incidents that happened,” Ali said, though she would not clarify what those incidents were. 

Ali maintained that Gopman stepped down in October. When asked why he was listed as CEO on the AngelHack website up until the day of his inflammatory comments, Ali said that they were working on a new website and were intent on announcing the CEO change when they launched it. 

“We were days away, days away, from making an announcement,” she said, mentioning an internal email announcing the swap. She wouldn’t show us the email. 

Ali said AngelHack will soon host a hackathon called “Code for a Cause SF” to help rebuild bridges with the community that Gopman burnt.

“We want to work with current nonprofits to build them a website, or an e-commerce portal for a website. We’re working on that right now to get a sense for who we can partner with,” she told us. 

They’re still looking for a venue, but hope to host the event in January. 

And while Ali is trying to distance AngelHack from Gopman as much as she can, Mayor Ed Lee seems to be pulling him closer. 

Mayor Ed Lee announced he would ask Gopman for help in tackling the homeless problem, the San Francisco Examiner reported. 

“Benioff has shown what he can do. Yelp and Jeremy Stoppelman are showing what they can do. There are going to be so many others as long as they keep an open mind,” Lee told the Examiner. Apparently having the keen sensibility to insult vast swaths of people are just the credentials needed to weigh in on how to help them.

Lee hosted a luncheon with Ron Conway and other tech luminaries just today to talk about what tech could do to help the community. We’ve reached out to his office from comment, but have not yet heard back from them. 

“Working in startups is not rocket science,” Gopman said in a Ted Talk on tech startups two years ago. “So the next time someone asks you for career advice and what they should do in the future, tell them about an industry that’s changing the world.”

He’s certainly reached the world. Just maybe not in the way he’d have hoped. 

Nonprofits can contact Ali at sabeen@angelhack.com

Gopman speaks at a Ted Talk event, via YouTube.

Comments

Absolutely, Greg. Your plan for restorative justice is the ONLY one. Any other plan is just plain wrong and should be ridiculed. Of course.

Ed Lee should be impeached for trying to change this guy's POV. What a disgraceful act for the Mayor to attempt!

Posted by Guest on Dec. 16, 2013 @ 10:56 pm

Silly me. I never considered attending a fancy luncheon with the mayor as a form of restorative justice. Yes, he's spewed hatred at an entire community. Clearly, a fitting reward... er, I mean, form of community service, would be to attend a fancy luncheon with the mayor. Thanks for enlightening me. I don't understand why most San Franciscans think techies are a bunch of self-entitled douchebags, when people like you clearly demonstrate that the tech community "gets it."

Posted by Greg on Dec. 16, 2013 @ 11:29 pm
Posted by Matlock on Dec. 17, 2013 @ 1:05 am

The idea of a community kinda presupposes that the people in it have a home, ya know?

Posted by Guest on Dec. 17, 2013 @ 8:19 am

OK, I think I understand. People who are convicted of multiple violent crimes deserve restorative justice. The good work of Sheriff Mirkarimi.

A 29 year old who makes stupid comments on Facebook doesn't deserve any help or guidance towards a second chance. Anyone who tries to help the person should be ridiculed.

Thanks for the Progressive education. I must admit that sometimes the ways of the Progressive are not intuitive to me.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 17, 2013 @ 8:14 am

I definitely think he needs help. Serious help. I just don't think that inviting him into Ed Lee's inner sanctum for wining and dining will give him the kind of help he needs.

I actually think the new CEO is less tone deaf on this issue than Ed Lee (or the trolls on this board).

Posted by Greg on Dec. 17, 2013 @ 8:36 am

OK. I thought that he was invited to take part in a group addressing homeless issues.

I wasn't aware that he was being invited into Ed Lee's "inner sanctum".

Thanks for the amplification.

Seriously...you do realize how much of this exists only in your head, right?? Or do you? Maybe not.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 17, 2013 @ 8:54 am

"lunch with Ed" as a victory for the SFBG "war on tech" but it is anything but. Lee is always shmoozing business leaders and a lunch of fine food and wines, with no doubt some deal-making, is hardly a victory for the great socialist revolution that Steven dreams of.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 17, 2013 @ 8:57 am

Or should we just take this one out and shoot him - and bill the class enemy's family for the bullet?

Posted by Guest on Dec. 17, 2013 @ 5:38 pm

How hard can it be?

Posted by GlenParkDaddy on Dec. 17, 2013 @ 12:28 am

but I do agree that this whitewash by Lee and his cronies is certainly *not* restorative justice.

I think the key attribute of restorative justice is that the victims play an active part in it; just because a solution pretends to address those victims needs in addition to that of the perpetrator does not make it restorative justice.

Restorative justice doesn't put Gopman in a benevolently paternalistic role over the homeless people he savaged; and has nothing to do with what others at the tech company think or do.

*real lillipublicans or fake?

Posted by lillipublicans* on Dec. 17, 2013 @ 9:42 am

There has been no crime committed, nobody has been harmed, and the concept of justice is inappropriate.

There is no obligation on this guy to do anything to "redeem" although he may choose to volunteer if he wishes. He is being scapegoated as part of the "War on Tech" and all he really did is give voice to what many of us believe to be true.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 17, 2013 @ 9:56 am

OK. But Gopman was not invited into Mayor Lee's inner sanctum. He was not granted any kind of role over homeless people. He was apparently invited to be part of a discussion without.

A Progressive tenet seems to be "If we can verbalize it, then it must be true".

And that is perhaps, the biggest cause of your chronic weakness because other groups are much better grounded in something called "reality".

Reality...maybe you can look it up on Wikipedia or something.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 17, 2013 @ 10:06 am

for them to believe that everyone in the city hates tech workers when in fact most people are very happy we have successful businesses and bountiful prosperity here.

They live in a closed, cloistered world which is why they can maintain such stunning levels of cognitive dissonance.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 17, 2013 @ 10:57 am

in the Bay Guardian at the time?

Why does the antics of this guy even matter?

Progressives are upset that someone other than them is passing judgment on vasts swaths of people?

The Guardian ate the shit sandwich on that tech bus thing, must be trying to make up for it.

Posted by Matlock on Dec. 17, 2013 @ 1:03 am

wasn't nearly as bad as this real tech guy's real rant. Clearly the google bus guy was amplifying the ugliness and callousness that he sees for real. Yes, it was fake in that one case, but he wanted to draw attention to a very real phenomenon. But clearly there's no shortage of the real thing. Hell, all one needs to do is look at the comments of the trolls on the Guardian website.

Posted by Greg on Dec. 17, 2013 @ 8:20 am

"Clearly the google bus guy was amplifying the ugliness and callousness"

So could you help me out here please? Just how much of the ugliness is real and how much is "amplified"?

Posted by Guest on Dec. 17, 2013 @ 8:39 am

are disgusted by the homeless people here.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 17, 2013 @ 8:49 am

Because many people in SF are disgusted with the tech people.

Posted by Greg on Dec. 17, 2013 @ 9:24 am

like but you also know what "most" people think about them?

And that's really odd because I live in SF and don't hear anyone whining about tech workers. I only see that here.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 17, 2013 @ 9:48 am

Were is your rent controlled rat hole Greg? I want to "amplify" the bum situation by take a HUGE DUMP in front your your rat hole door

Posted by Guest on Dec. 17, 2013 @ 9:32 am

here a long time and claims to have a good job. But still he cannot buy a place and these techies show up and immediately buy a million dollar condo.

So of course he hates on them.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 17, 2013 @ 9:52 am

My favorite part is when the trolls start making up fantasies about my personal life. Some of them get pretty wild. And, it's a clear sign they're on the defensive when they feel the need to switch the discussion to ad-hominem attacks rather than the issue at hand.

Posted by Greg on Dec. 17, 2013 @ 11:49 am

rent controlled home in the past and have talked about your landlord. You have also claimed to have a professional job.

You need to develop a better memory if you're going to try and play games with the truth.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 17, 2013 @ 12:10 pm

with the fact that much of the tech community seems to be composed of douchebags who are so tone-deaf that they can't help but crap all over themselves every time they open their mouths?

Posted by Greg on Dec. 17, 2013 @ 12:17 pm
Posted by Guest on Dec. 17, 2013 @ 12:50 pm

many of whom are likely techies too. Not to mention a few internet trolls, who may or may not be techies.

But I'd like nothing better than to be proven wrong and have the tech community come out and denounce him. Hasn't happened thus far.

Posted by Greg on Dec. 17, 2013 @ 3:36 pm

Yes, and their comments are full of hypocrisies. They write such mess as this:

"I want to "amplify" the bum situation by take [sic] a HUGE DUMP in front your your [sic] rat hole door."

(Proof-reading is not one of their computer skills).

Then they will contrive some story on occasion about a homeless person who allegedly---according to their lie---took a huge dump in front of their door. It's their perpetual way of hating on the homeless. But they have no problem saying they'll do the same thing in front of your door and that's perfectly all right (in their fucked up mind).

Posted by Guest on Dec. 18, 2013 @ 4:16 am

What Tech Startup CEO Greg Gopman Doesn’t Know About SF’s ‘Degenerates’ He Insulted
http://colorlines.com/archives/2013/12/what_tech_startup_ceo_greg_gopman...

Posted by Guest on Dec. 17, 2013 @ 3:39 am

San Francisco Techie Says "Lower Part of Society" Should Be Segregated
http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2013/12/11/greg_gopman_facebook_...

Posted by Guest on Dec. 17, 2013 @ 3:47 am

There are whole areas of the city where you never see them.

People generally segregate themselves anyway.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 17, 2013 @ 8:20 am

Again, it's not surprising. The internet allows for every brain fart to be expressed. Face to face contact allows for 'diplomatic silence.' The internet gives people to sound of with thoughtlessness or half-thoughts.

The recent gun debate is a case in point. Thousands of people responded with a level of pathology worthy of a Pelican Bay Prison inmate. They created fake profiles to spew this garbage ad infinitum, ad nasuea. The disguised themselves as "We the People" when in reality they should be calling themselves "We the Pathological." They wrapped themselves in American Flag as if it were the Nazi Swastika--the 2nd Amendment replacing Constitutional processes for change, the 2nd Amendment replacing Discourse, Depate, legal interpretation and rulings. My favorite piiece of tripe: "My 2nd Amendmient Right defends your First Amendment Right." So Gopman is just one more thoughtless jerk who thinks every one of his brain farts should be preserved--not realizing he shows himself to be the moron he is.

Posted by StevenTorrey on Dec. 17, 2013 @ 7:22 am

You are upset that the far right picks and chooses it's way through the constitution?

You are upset that the far right uses populist rhetoric?

You are upset that the far right uses extremist rhetoric?

Posted by Guest on Dec. 17, 2013 @ 8:43 am

I believe it's rather simple. If you hate the rent, homeless people, etc...then
get the eff out of San Francisco! It's juvenile for someone to complain endlessly, too lazy or egocentric to find a solution. I certainly wouldn't trust Greg Gopman as a CEO of a startup much less my bank account. He doesn't seem to have good problem solving skills and honestly reminds me of a 2 year old throwing a tantrum. Who invested in this idiot?!!! And Greg, of SF bothers you soo much then use some of your "millions" and move to Menlo Park or Palo Alto like the rest of the d-bags. And calling the guardian a hypocrite for pointing out and addressing discrimination based on hardship is like calling Martin Luther King Jr. a progressive hippie. I really don't think most of you understand the concept of "freedom of speech". This freedom applies to everyone and some idiot can call mentally I'll homeless people "trash" then someone else can SURELY stand up and say "whoa! that's not right". You people need to read the constitution...geez
P.S. Writing an article about sex and sex industry (which is appropriate seeing as link is an SF company) is quite different than demeaning women based on their sexuality. Stop with the progressive shit, human decency is just that...and when someone DOESN'T have it, they should be called out.

*mic drop*

Posted by Amber on Dec. 17, 2013 @ 8:25 am

Amber was wearing something slutty when she typed all that.

Posted by Chromefields on Dec. 17, 2013 @ 11:30 am

why not point out that Salesforce is matching all charitable contributions to the homeless in SF, without limit.

or would that just fly in the face of your thesis that all techies are heartless and fucking up the city? Better yet, why don't you take credit for turning up the heat so much that they just HAD to act. that'd make much better print for you

Posted by guestD on Dec. 17, 2013 @ 9:59 am
Posted by Guest on Dec. 17, 2013 @ 10:55 am

We didn't report it because it's not true. Salesforce and Benioff did make a limited contribution to city homeless programs with some matching funds, but it wasn't "without limit," it was a drop in the bucket compared to his personal wealth and annual profits, and it wasn't anywhere close to what the rich should be giving to the poor. Charity is a bourgeois concept, we at the Guardian prefer to tax the rich. And if you want "journalism" that bigs up the rich techies and strokes their egos, try to TechCrunch or the Chronicle. 

Posted by steven on Dec. 17, 2013 @ 11:38 am

It's "bourgeois" and is that really the best you can come up with. Gates and Buffett have donated billions, and many, many successful people have donated millions. But none of that matters because you would rather mug them?

Posted by Guest on Dec. 17, 2013 @ 11:50 am

Who are you? Grover Norquist?

Posted by Greg on Dec. 17, 2013 @ 12:06 pm

Luckily the American people routinely vote against high taxes even when they personally would not have to pay them anyway.

Back to the topic, and I think the homeless are best helped via charities, foundations, churches and volunteers. And not by taxing success and throwing unlimited funds at the black hole of homelessness.

Indeed, part of why we have so many homeless in Sf is precisely because we are too generous with them relative to other cities.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 17, 2013 @ 12:14 pm

feel free to check Benoiff's Twitter account and then report back and admit your mistake.

and I'm sorry, giving half a million dollars last year is a drop in the bucket? I'm sure the suffering people that it helped would feel very differently.

and "charity is a bourgoise concept" has got to be the most ridiculous thing you've written this year. Jesus sure was off-base on that one!

and I'm not looking for journalism that "bigs up the rich techies" what I am looking for is honest journalism, and the SFBG, you included, have clearly been dropping the ball lately.

Posted by guestD on Dec. 17, 2013 @ 12:24 pm

of SFBG hopeless hyperbole along with Tim's infamous "the rich are boring" and most of Bruce's hapless rantings about PG&E.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 17, 2013 @ 12:53 pm

If you're looking to Jesus to support your allegiance to the rich, you're the one who's off base. Jesus was the one who threw the money changers out of the temple and allegedly said, "it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." Jesus didn't kowtow for table scraps from the tables of the wealthy, he argued that people have a moral obligation to share their wealth and help the poor, and to do so without insisting that the hospital you help be named after you. 

Posted by steven on Dec. 17, 2013 @ 1:30 pm

"to do so without insisting that the hospital you help be named after you. "

Exactly why we still live in a world where it is safe to laugh at Steven T. Jones.

Nobody who matters CARES what the hospital is named. All they care about is that they have a good place to take their kids when they get sick.

Of course, for someone like Steven T. Jones, the main consideration is the naming of the hospital, not what it can do for sick children.

OK, maybe 'laugh' isn't the right verb; but it is a good thing that people like Steven T Jones are SO inconsequential. Marc Benioff helps more disadvantaged people in 1 day then Steven does in a career in "street theater"

Posted by Guest on Dec. 17, 2013 @ 1:49 pm

regarding the matching contributions. oh wait, you didn't.

and I didn't know the man, but I suspect that Jesus wouldn't have scoffed at somebody giving half a million bucks to the homeless last year, and a boatload more this year. As a practical matter, Benioff has done a whole lot more to help the homeless than you have.

b) and please spare me the "oh, we here at the Guardian would rather money go to the government to distribute as opposed to people giving directly to a charity" spiel. You really mean to tell me that if I want to give $500 to a charity this year, your preference would be for me to put it into the City's General Fund, where God know what would happen to it, as opposed to directly to a homeless shelter? Sorry, I'm not buying it.

I have no allegiance to the rich, I have an allegiance to getting shit done, and if these tech people want to give money directly to people who are suffering in this city as opposed to their money getting squandered by our ever-so efficient government, I applaud them, and you should, too. But then again, that goes against the demonization of the industry the SFBG can't get enough of.

Posted by guestD on Dec. 17, 2013 @ 3:10 pm

donation go directly to the SEIU benevolence fund.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 17, 2013 @ 3:48 pm

Wow, you're in bigger trouble than I thought, And AFAIK, Jesus never advocated taxing the rich - he advocated that the rich give what they can, which is exactly what they do do.

With the pope also being invoked recently for your "war on success" we have the hilarious situation where the far left is playing the christianity card, while moderates are agnostic.

You'll be wanting to ban abortions next.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 17, 2013 @ 3:47 pm

Romans 13:6-7

For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.

Matthew 22:17-21

Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why put me to the test, you hypocrites? Show me the coin for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius. And Jesus said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” They said, “Caesar's.” Then he said to them, “Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's.

There are plenty of leftists who are religious. I know you love to stereotype and label everyone, but most San Franciscans are more open-minded that that. Have you ever heard of the doctrine of Liberation Theology? If not, you should research it.

Posted by GlenParkDaddy on Dec. 19, 2013 @ 7:43 pm

Left wingers and right wingers love to quote Jesus, until right wingers blabber against gays and left wingers blabber about gay marriage.

That both sides are drawing up sides on sasquatching?

Posted by Matlock on Dec. 19, 2013 @ 8:59 pm

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