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'Failed to Help'

Entrepreneur apologizes for ‘dreadful’ Op-Ed suggesting women in tech should hide their gender

By WITW Staff on September 30, 2016

Entrepreneur John Greathouse has apologized for his Op-Ed in The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday in which he suggested that women in the tech industry should actively try to hide their gender. Not surprisingly, the Op-Ed sparked a major backlash.  “I apologize for the dreadful article I wrote in the WSJ,”  Greathouse, who is a partner at venture capital firm Rincon Venture, wrote on Twitter. “I told women to endure the gender bias problem rather than acting to fix the problem. I hurt women and I utterly failed to help, which I wholly regret and I apologize for having done.”

Greathouse advised women to create a “neutral online persona” in an attempt to preempt potentially negative misconceptions. He suggested giving initials instead of their real names and to not use a photo on LinkedIn profiles or other public websites. His comments were widely derided online, and the original story now includes a link to Greathouse’s apology, which you can read in full below:

Read the full story at The Huffington Post.