San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
We’ve heard from members of our community who are uncomfortable with Scott Kveton’s involvement in this event due to allegations of sexual assault that were made against him. We respect and understand those thoughts, and thank the members of our community for having the courage to voice them.
Portland’s startup community is and has long been highly collaborative and collegial. But it has been damaged. We, as members of this community have struggled to move forward, but have still not found the appropriate time or venue to begin the much needed healing process. It has been difficult for each and every one of us. And it continues to be.
We had hoped, incredibly naively as it were, that we might help take an initial step to start to repair that damage. Unfortunately, that decision has only caused further aggravation for our community. What should have been an event to share our thoughts and stories has instead become a source of hurt and anxiety.
If this event negatively impacts members of our community, then it is absolutely the wrong thing to do. At the same time the efforts and contributions of our speakers and sponsors should not be overshadowed by concerns about one speaker. In light of this we are canceling the event. We apologize for any hurt or damage we have caused. Perhaps, this will still serve as a starting point for a discussion about safety and inclusiveness that we, as a community, still clearly need to have.