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

So sorry I polluted your mind with something outside of your orthodoxy. Can you give me a list of required reading for free thinkers so I can make sure and avoid anything that might upset you?

No Ayn Rand please. I do have my standards, however low they may be.

Posted by GlenParkDaddy on Dec. 19, 2013 @ 9:36 pm

arguing over who represents Dr Zeus.

Posted by Matlock on Dec. 17, 2013 @ 6:55 pm

There is also something called the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital.

Steven needs to limit himself to "limited contributions" to the homeless fund; he obviously can't mention the local children's hospital that the Salesforce SEO funded.

And besides, the children's hospital was built on donations and not just on taxes; I'm sure that fact weighs quite heavily on families who need to take their children there.

Also, can't help note the irony in Steven T Jones saying "We didn't report it because it's not true". Why not just use the "street theater" ruse and print it anyway?

Posted by Guest on Dec. 17, 2013 @ 12:49 pm

benefactors than a great hospital partly paid for by the successful.

His class war credentials must be very pure indeed if he'd rather see a few more dead kids than have a hospital named after someone who is successful.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 17, 2013 @ 3:50 pm

Steven, making it all about the poor is a bourgeois, if not a concept steeped in the Catholic catechism. That's the framing that isolates the poor from the middle class and allows the nonprofit parade to demand protection from the super rich and once paid off, abandon the field. Limiting political perspective to poverty mitigation increases poverty by giving the super rich cover for continued accumulation by disarming political opposition.

Posted by marcos on Dec. 17, 2013 @ 3:08 pm

Can someone let me know when it's cool to hate the homeless again? Thanks.

Posted by Chromefields on Dec. 17, 2013 @ 11:21 am

Way to go SFBG! Try to destroy this person's personal and professional life because you didn't like what they had to say. Way to Go!

Posted by Richmondman on Dec. 17, 2013 @ 11:31 am

week, and an impromptu "War on Tech" was the best he could come up with in the time available.

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

was the word Steven Jones was groping for above. OK! I'm off to Aspen!

Posted by Chromefields on Dec. 17, 2013 @ 11:54 am

We can forgive his more minor transgressions, like misspelling a two-syllable word of French derivation. But not his bigger sins like never meeting a tax he didn't love.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 17, 2013 @ 12:15 pm

While you're there (yeah right!), you can check out:

Aspen Homeless Shelters & Services For The Needy
http://www.homelessshelterdirectory.org/cgi-bin/id/city.cgi?city=Aspen&s...

Posted by Guest on Dec. 17, 2013 @ 7:27 pm

@Chromefields - People should be careful about using the B-word. Kevin Keating had the ears of the entire city, and but when he stepped out of the shadows and said "bourgeois," nobody ever listened to him again.

Posted by Jym on Dec. 19, 2013 @ 8:05 am

Fake tech guy doing some impromptu public performance art = story of the year

Real story with real tech guy saying all sorts of vile shit and much of the tech community applauding it = just a "distraction." Nothing to see here, move along.

The extent of the hypocrisy never fails to amaze.

And please, cry me a river about the whole "ruining his life and career thing." Oh, if only! If this guy ever had to feel what it's like to be homeless, it might be an educational experience. Unfortunately, he'll get a soft landing. Even if his company goes down the tubes a little bit quicker than it otherwise would've anyway, taking a bunch of other rich people's money with it, something tells me GOPman will be just fine. He can always apply for a cush job in Ed Lee's administration.

Posted by Greg on Dec. 17, 2013 @ 12:00 pm

Why pick on this one other than to try and score a cheap point against tech?

Why is it newsworthy?

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

Someone outrages progressives?

or

Progressive performs for media event?

Maybe neither is all that big a deal?

Posted by Matlock on Dec. 18, 2013 @ 1:45 am

All the trolls here aren't helping his cause if you're so concerned about him. Exhibit A: Chromefields. Such a class act! Exhibit B: well, everyone else. I kind of feel sorry for that new CEO of theirs, trying to save the company from being buried in an avalanche of negative PR, and having to see these turds being dropped. With friends like these, AngelHack doesn't need enemies.

In the end though, GOPman has no one to blame but himself.

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

Just a few on the left baying for blood. The vast majority of people just think this is one big "whatever".

Posted by Guest on Dec. 17, 2013 @ 12:49 pm

Like, about any of this?

Steven shit the bed when his reporting about the terrible Google employee turned out to be an actor (who is available for hire and doesn't even live in SF, lol). He shit it a little more when I posted some lame, half-assed retraction.

After that... whatever. That story should have had about a three day shelf life. But for some reason, the Guardian - and you Greg - just want to keep it alive, and it ain't working for you. "See, this tech CEO guy actually did say awful things about the homeless! So there! We're even!"

First of all, a CEO is a jerk who posted that he doesn't like the homeless here? SO THE FUCK WHAT?? lol. That is, quite simply, not shocking. A lot of people are assholes, and some of them may even work in tech. Second of all, unless this guy attempted to dress up as an SFBG reading union organizer and said outlandish stereotypical shit, there really isn't any comparison.

Why you're keeping any of this alive is beyond me, lol.

Posted by Scram on Dec. 17, 2013 @ 1:04 pm

Well like, you must care otherwise you wouldn't have taken the time to write over three paragraphs about it. And by writing all that, you too are helping to keep it alive because any talk about it helps to keep it alive (but I guess you didn't quite think that through before writing all that).

Posted by Guest on Dec. 17, 2013 @ 6:27 pm

I'll be here all week. Or in Aspen.

Posted by Chromefields on Dec. 17, 2013 @ 1:12 pm

I have felt with this little egomaniac. Not sure why anybody bothers to even cover this as news.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 17, 2013 @ 2:22 pm

Just like Steven's "war on AirBnB" was really about personalities as well.

With Steven, all politics is about people he either loves or hates.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 17, 2013 @ 3:52 pm

is that a lot of what they make isn't much good. So others see them as overpaid schmucks whose main purpose in life is to collect user data that can be peddled to advertisers.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 17, 2013 @ 3:54 pm

If you produce good stuff, you make money.

Adam Smith has got your back.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 17, 2013 @ 4:06 pm

Oh, the irony! At 5:22 in his TED Talk he says: “Rule #2: Nice guys finish first.... The same people who are your competitors today could end up being your best friends tomorrow.... So this is an industry where being good is good.”

And at 8:28: “So the next time someone asks you for career advice on what they should do with their life and their future, I hope you can share with them the stories today.”

Posted by Guest on Dec. 17, 2013 @ 4:31 pm

molesting children rather than noting that some homeless people smell bad.

This slanderous smear campaign is plumbing new depths for the integrity and relevance of the SFBG. And the bar is already set very low.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 17, 2013 @ 4:44 pm

Also related to tech:

I remember a time not that long ago when Google was thought of in a positive way. I no longer see Google in a positive way at all, but rather in a predatory, negative way. (I also know two Google techies who quit the company and went elsewhere).

One wonders if Google is trying to become a military super-power or something? They have their mysterious barges out on the Bay.

Now this:

Google buys military robot-maker Boston Dynamics
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-25395989

Posted by Guest on Dec. 17, 2013 @ 5:40 pm

he's a wanna be womanizer, every party he's always trying to hit on your chicks and inviting you everywhere if you show up with girls. immortal captain of team delta bravo

Posted by Guest on Dec. 17, 2013 @ 5:45 pm

Just want to say this: All of this bullying of Steven T. Jones is pathetic. The maturity level on here is rock bottom, mainly with the trolls in dire need of attention and desperately needing somebody to play with to pass the time. One either agrees with Steven or they don't or sort of agrees. There's no need to keep taunting him like some schoolyard bully, which is exactly how some of you act. It's embarrassing to any decent person. Then you bully him in your comments to each other to slap each other on the back---troll to troll---to try to get a rise out of him to put some excitement into your pathetic miserable day. Grow up, people. As a realist, I know that's not about to happen. You don't have the necessary skills to grow up or to mature. Find a new hobby or employment, specifically the paid corporatist trolls who shill for techies, conservative corporatist politicians et al...because nobody would troll for free claiming it provides them some (sick) amusement, unless they're absolutely nuts and needs somebody to play with like a little toddler behaves!

Posted by Guest on Dec. 17, 2013 @ 6:54 pm

Steven is an extreme cheap shot artist.

He took a cheap shot against the America's Cup when a triathlete had a heart attack during a rescheduled race.

He took a cheap shot when Mayor Lee expressed remorse at Typhoon Haiyan.

The whole AirBNB thing is obviously a failed cheap shot at Lee/Conway (or do you think that AirBNB's lack of enthusiasm for helping the city collect $1.8 million from AirBNB hosts is one of the most pressing issues facing the city).

He seems to have taken pride in the bogus video that the SFBG distributed as news last week. Because it 'resonated'.

He himself is a bully, he just happens to be a particularly weak one. He deserves the ridicule that he gets and Progressives should be just as upset as anyone else, perhaps even more so. He is a disgrace to the city and to the Progressive movement.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 17, 2013 @ 8:23 pm

What a Luducrious comment.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 17, 2013 @ 8:47 pm

"Steven is an extreme cheap shot artist....he himself is a bully....He deserves the ridicule that he gets."

So you feel you need to be an extreme cheap shot artist and a bully too?, just because you *claim* Steven is?

Do you not see that you're doing the same thing to Steven that you *claim* he does to others? What is that called: HYPOCRISY. A mature person would rise above what s/he *claims* that someone else is doing and for which they disagree.

Clearly, you're not a mature person, but you rather fit more into the "toddler/immature" category.

Another way to put it: "Pot calling the kettle"

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

That may be true. I may be a completely immature, highly flawed human being.

But nobody relies on me to be the voice of a movement.

Under Steven the SFBG couldn't even wait for the bodies to be counted before using the Haiyan Typhoon for a preposterous cheap shot at Ed Lee. He had to kick Larry Elison while he was down; couldn't wait for the America's Cup to be over (and never owned up to his premature gloating of course).

I'm just a lousy internet poster, I'm not damaging anything. But the opportunity cost that you Progressives are willing to live with, in having Steven T Jones be one of your primary voices, speaks to a complacency that will lead to nothing but prolonged weakness.

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

"But the opportunity cost that you Progressives are willing to live with, in having Steven T Jones be one of your primary voices, speaks to a complacency that will lead to nothing but prolonged weakness."

And that concerns you why? Why do you care what "progressives" do or are willing to live with when you are not a "progressive?" Don't you favor "our prolonged weakness?" Hmmmmm? (My personal thoughts: Does this person ever think anything through before s/he writes it? Jesus!)

Let's say that this is true about the "prolonged weakness." Why does it matter to you about "our" perceived "prolonged weakness?" I would think you would favor our "prolonged weakness." Actually, you think just the opposite, otherwise you would not continue to lash out at Steven with the intent of intimidating him. That's the intent. (You're new at all this aren't you? You sound like you are. Well you did say this about yourself: "I'm just a lousy internet poster." Well you would know!) But I suspect your method won't work with Steven. I'm glad Steven is not a corporate hack and shill (like yourself) for this conservative piece of work Lee, or the failed "America's Cup" nonsense and this tech garbage, which is ruining the city.

I would think that you would favor the "prolonged weakness" that you perceive so therefore you would want Steven to keep doing what he's doing.

Bottom Line: You're doing a classic Attack the Messenger routine on Steven with the intent on intimidating. It won't work.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 17, 2013 @ 10:47 pm

One of the major negative effects of the predatory tech industry (and their ads on the corporate media networks intended to get a gadget in everyone's hand) is the global gadget addiction this has caused with people feeling the (what appears to be) stronger-than-nicotine addiction to keep a box in their hand and stare at it. Walking down Market Street, many people are paralyzed in the middle of the sidewalk staring at that screen in their hand, oblivious to anyone being around. Other than being in the way on the sidewalk and having to walk around these inconsiderates, what sane person would be oblivious to their surroundings in a major city?

And then there's this...

Woman glued to phone walks off St Kilda pier
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/woman-glued-to-phone-walks-o...

Posted by Guest on Dec. 18, 2013 @ 1:21 am

Addiction is a mental health issue, and it has nothing directly to do with computers. Some people have addictive personalities while most people do not. Smart phones, in-and-of-themselves, are very useful tools, but like any tool they can be abused or used incorrectly.

If people stare at their smart phones all day to their own detriment that is their fault, not the fault of the companies that sell smart phones. Perhaps, their friends and famillies should mount an intervention and get them into treatment, but it has nothing to do with the companies that sell what can and should be a useful productivity product, instead of a tiny screen for bored people to stare at all day. It is time for people to take personal responsiblity for their own lives, rather than blame nefarious outside forces.

In any event, can you and the folks you are bickering with grow up?

How much time have you and the others on this message board wasted with the back and forth accusations and condemnations? Don't you all have lives? It is funny you speak of addiction, when I assume "Guest" you are the same person posting all these comments and clearly wasting time arguing with anonymous people who are also wasting their time. And, all this pointless arguing is over a second article (as if the first one wasn't a waste of journalist skills in the first place) about some non-entity jerk who posted a dumb comment on his Facebook page! (Yes, he and a million other people posted something stupid on Facebook, so is SFGB going to run a story about each of the other 999,999 idiots?)

Step away from the computer, and I say this to you AND the people you are arguing with. Read a book, bake a cake, volunteer at a local not-for-profit, have sex, go for a jog--just do something else besides wasting your life posting silly comments on this discussion forum.

Posted by Chris on Dec. 18, 2013 @ 10:37 am

He was always a nice boy, and everything he says is accurate and truthful. The whole family is very proud of him. We just wish he made more money, but he's still a nice boy.

Posted by Steven's Mom on Dec. 18, 2013 @ 12:21 pm
Posted by Guest on Dec. 18, 2013 @ 12:31 pm

Thanks, I am quite adorable.

And, yes, "Guest" when the person follows up on their own comments and references the same remarks they made in an earlier post and uses the same writing style, then it is the same person.

Whether you are the same "Guest" or not, I don't know (or care). But, the person posting under "Guest" for much of this discussion thread is clearly the same person.

Again, rather than bickering with anonymous people, go out and live life (away from the computer), and I say that to you, any other "Guests," and all the non-anonymous posters on this site.

Posted by Chris on Dec. 18, 2013 @ 1:36 pm

Here's a better idea. You say what you want, we will all say what we want, and none of us will worry about trying to persuade others not to enjoy their right to free speech, either here or elsewhere.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 18, 2013 @ 1:52 pm

Sugar, I am not bickering with you. You are bickering with each other. For me to bicker, I would have disagree with you about something.

Now, I will actually disagree: Freedom of speech is found in the First Amendment and it only applies as a limit to the government's ability to restrict the speech of individuals. You have no "right to free speech" on the SFBG's website. Your posts can be blocked, erased, or altered at SFBG's whim since this is their private property and you (and I) are using it at their sole discretion.

Again, you can waste time as you like. However, I stand by my comments that your time would be better spent off of this website in the real world doing something productive, rather than engaging in silly arguments with strangers you will never meet in real life (or never know if you do meet them).

Posted by Chris on Dec. 18, 2013 @ 5:25 pm
Posted by Guest on Dec. 18, 2013 @ 5:47 pm

I said you were addicted to arguing and apparently you are. Here you are trying to argue with someone who isn't even arguing with you.

I am neither bickering nor trolling, though perhaps you don't understand the meaning of either word?

Also, my name really is Chris, so your use of quotes around my name is odd. If you ever care to meet me in the real world, I live on Mission Street. I've never felt the need to make up screen names.

I wish you well, sugar. If you get a thrill from arguing, more power to you, but I'm not going to participate.

Happy Holidays. All the best in the New Year.

Posted by Chris on Dec. 19, 2013 @ 1:47 am

Is that your logic, "Chris"?

Posted by Guest on Dec. 19, 2013 @ 8:56 am

You think it would be fine if I cooked up some super-meth, all Walter White like, and got millions of people addicted to it?

Because they had free will to decide whether to take it or not, or become addicted to it or not, even though I made the most super addictive substance known to man. And peddled it for my own profit?

Posted by GlenParkDaddy on Dec. 19, 2013 @ 11:12 pm

I knew Gopman pretty well in college and I can tell you that the only thing he cares about is making money. That is his number one agenda. I see other articles discussing his issues with women and I remember in college everyone used to say he was bisexual and would talk about his conquests with women to compensate for his insecurities about blowing a guy. I always thought he was a douchebag that saw his friends as stepping stones and never had a genuine relationship with anyone. I think there are a lot of people who are like this but most do a better job of concealing it. The funny thing is at one time he had a site called herobi.com but it never did anything. Probably because he realized there was no money in helping people and there is a lot more value in conning developers and entrepreneurs with his angel hack joke. Most of the ideas that come out of that don't really do anything or offer real value to anyone. Can anyone tell me one company that was created during an angel hack event that is worth anything?

Posted by Guest on Dec. 19, 2013 @ 1:39 pm
Posted by Guest on Dec. 19, 2013 @ 2:11 pm

What does the amount of money someone makes have to do with anything. Greg probably has issues with women due to his pent up issues with his own sexuality. It takes a sociopath to live a double life and Greg only seems to care about traveling on the angel hack dollars he cons out of willing developers. If you check the angel hack Facebook page they post an article that quotes him saying "I didn't think Chinese developers were creative". This guy is a retard and hopefully he will be banned from SF.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 19, 2013 @ 2:40 pm

tells you what value the consensus of society puts on a person.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 19, 2013 @ 6:26 pm

What does the amount of money someone makes have to do with anything. Greg probably has issues with women due to his pent up issues with his own sexuality. It takes a sociopath to live a double life and Greg only seems to care about traveling on the angel hack dollars he cons out of willing developers. If you check the angel hack Facebook page they post an article that quotes him saying "I didn't think Chinese developers were creative". This guy is a retard and hopefully he will be banned from SF.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 19, 2013 @ 2:42 pm

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