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Geeklist and a public apology

gklst:

Hi everyone. We never meant to offend any person and are very sorry as we clearly have. 

Geeklist is all about inclusion of every geek. Male and Female alike. We hope you’ll forgive the company and founders and use this as an opportunity to hire more women, support women in tech and their great achievements and promote a healthy work environment for all. 

We did not create the video at question. It was created out of love for Geeklist by a great Woman entrepreneur at Design Like Woah for us. She makes shirts and made awesome ones for us. She also goes way out of her way to help us ship to our men and women alike globally who love our brand.

She is fighting to grow in a male dominant sector and marketing to her client. Please support her and buy her shirts. http://www.designlikewhoa.com/ 

 [ Correction: Just spoke to Gemma, her videographer owns it and she is trying to contact him (thanks so much Gemma)]

As for our handling of the twittersphere. We could have handled it better. I know Shanley personally, have skyped and emailed her many times and interviewed her for a job at Geeklist. She is an awesome candidate that as a startup I was very sad the timing was not right to work together. Of our 5 person team 2 are women and I am certain they can speak on our behalf as respectful gentlemen in the workplace who create a welcome environment for all. I also own a business with my wife where we have over 350+ women employees. I’ve built my career over 15 years working to make this world a better place for women, mothers, and children.

In my wildest dreams we would never wish to offend any woman [or anyone]. The initial request made sense and we were discussing finding Gemma to take it down, when we got taken off guard a bit by her continued comments. We handled those poorly. We apologize as well if our handling of the tweets offended anyone.

In exchange, please direct this media attention to Gemma’s company and support her company by buying her shirts. A women entrepreneur in the valley who used our logo and the fact we wanted shirts to help promote her business to her clients too. Tech geeks. 

http://www.designlikewhoa.com/

We are sorry. 

Reuben Katz

CEO/co-founder

Geeklist

and 

Christian Sanz

CTO/co-founder

Wow. Just wow. The only thing more mind-blowingly sexist than their original response (http://storify.com/charlesarthur/oh-hai-sexismis the continues use of smarmy, sexist tactics in their “apology”. 


Starting with the classic ‘we never meant to offend anybody’, moving swiftly to throwing a female contractor under the bus (“We did not create the video at question. It was created out of love for Geeklist by a great Woman entrepreneur”) and finishing with a heaping helping of ‘we can’t be sexist, some of our best friends are women!’ (“Of our 5 person team 2 are women and I am certain they can speak on our behalf as respectful gentlemen in the workplace who create a welcome environment for all. I also own a business with my wife where we have over 350+ women employees.”) 

Are. You. Shitting. Me. 

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