Start-up GiveTree CEO Sam Joel quits after horrific LinkedIn posts to women ... trends now

Start-up GiveTree CEO Sam Joel quits after horrific LinkedIn posts to women ... trends now
Start-up GiveTree CEO Sam Joel quits after horrific LinkedIn posts to women ... trends now

Start-up GiveTree CEO Sam Joel quits after horrific LinkedIn posts to women ... trends now

The chief executive of a virtual start-up designed 'for good' has resigned after posting a series of attacks against women in Australia's tech industry.

Sam Joel, the founder of GiveTree - a virtual game where players can donate to charities through crypto, stepped down from his role on Tuesday afternoon.

The decision followed a string of offensive LinkedIn posts over the weekend and his former victims coming forward.

Scientist turned Sydney venture capitalist Elaine Stead was one of several women Joel attacked over the networking platform, with the majority of his comments deleted on Sunday.

Public relations manager Hannah Moreno was once told by Joel to, 'Get off your period. Get good. Earn your salary with skill not pr lol. Pathetic', The Australian Financial Review reported.

In another comment on LinkedIn, Joel wrote: 'Are you single? Should we make a better baby? Assuming I wanna bang you, because let's be honest - you look fat.'

Another of Joel's posts described diversity as 'the dumbest s**t of the entire century' and said women 'have somehow secured majority employment in most verticals now. And still. Complaining. Classic women'.

Sam Joel (above) has stepped down as CEO of GiveTree after a series of sexist posts attacking women in tech through LinkedIn

Sam Joel (above) has stepped down as CEO of GiveTree after a series of sexist posts attacking women in tech through LinkedIn

His LinkedIn account has since been deleted. 

GiveTree issued an apology on Joel's behalf on Tuesday.

'Unfortunately these recent comments form part of a larger and ongoing pattern of behaviour for Sam, that urgently needs to change,' it said.

'Sam would therefore like to wholeheartedly apologise for the damage and harm he has caused these, and all, women through his words and actions.

'He understands that any act of sexism against one woman makes the world a less safe place for all women.

'He acknowledges that this behaviour creates the type of hostile work environment for women that contributes to the systemic disadvantage that prevents women reaching the same career aspirations as their male counterparts.

'He understands it also contributes to a broader societal problem of gendered disrespect, which spans a spectrum from discrimination to violence.'

It added Joel is taking 'concrete steps' to improve his behaviour by stepping down as CEO and attending therapy.

Joel also attached his own apology to the post, saying: 'I sincerely and deeply apologise to the women and men I've hurt with my inappropriate words and actions.

'Sexism and bullying is never okay in any situation and no one should be subject to harassment in any setting.

'I understand the hurt and damage caused by my

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