TechCrunch reporter alleges 500 Startups venture partner groped her in Taipei


In the image, 500 Startups undertaking lover Tristan Pollock seems to be holding Catherine Shu by the hand, pulling her alongside guiding him down a sidewalk.

The hand-holding, allegedly unwelcome to Shu, preceded an incident that still left Shu, a TechCrunch writer centered in Taipei, Taiwan, suffering from symptoms similar to put up-traumatic pressure problem, Shu wrote in a July twenty short article that contained the image.

A ask for sent to 500 Startups, which is headquartered in Mountain View, for a response by Pollock to the claimed incident did not get an rapid response. The organization is a well known startup accelerator and undertaking capital organization whose web-site household site invites viewers to “Meet our badass, world-wide family members of startup founders, mentors, and buyers.”

Shu’s allegation will come in the wake of the highly publicized resignation of 500 Startups founder Dave McClure, a self-described “creep” accused of hitting on a woman whilst she was making use of for a career at his organization. And her declare lands as Silicon Valley grapples with allegations of prevalent sexual harassment and sexual assault in the tech marketplace.

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Shu, crafting in TechCrunch, described a 2015 night out in Taipei, right after she and a close friend met Pollock and two other men outside a startup hub where Shu’s close friend labored.

Pollock claimed he needed to go to a bar, Shu wrote.

“I was acquiring ready to go away since my husband had just referred to as to permit me know he was accomplished with function, but my close friend asked me to be part of them, so I told her I’d stay for a drink,” she wrote.

Whilst walking to a bar, Pollock mentioned he was not having a great deal luck on Tinder in Taiwan, Shu wrote.

“My close friend told Pollock I’m not out there since I’m married. Then she extra that I like white adult men, since my husband is white. I was dismayed to listen to her describe my romantic relationship like that, primarily since it appeared to intensify Pollock’s desire in me,” she wrote.

“He put his arm close to my shoulders and whispered ‘Can’t you faux you’re one?’ in my ear. I shrugged him off.”

Not prolonged right after, Pollock grabbed her hand and asked her yet again if she could faux she was one.

“His actions was escalating swiftly and I was frightened. I tried to pull away frequently. I splayed my fingers and twisted my hand, but he held on. I looked for the other two adult men in our group, but they had been as well considerably forward,” she wrote.

Her close friend snapped a image, which seems to display Pollock holding Shu’s hand as if pulling her alongside. When he and Shu had to cross a road, he dropped her hand, Shu wrote.

“I observed a taxi queue a block away and told my close friend that it was late and I required to go household,” she wrote.

“She walked up to me and playfully tugged at my arm, asking me to stay. Pollock came up to my other facet and grabbed my other hand, yet again.

“He slid his hand down where my close friend could not see and grabbed my butt, as if to pull me in toward him.”

Shu backed away, bought into a taxi and fled, she wrote.

Her editor contacted 500 Startups to report the incident, and the firm’s HR manager emailed Shu asking for her account of the alleged incident, Shu wrote.

“I sent it to her. Afterward, I was told that 500 Startups carried out its own investigation and inner response,” she wrote.

“I was perplexed that he was not fired right after groping me and I wish I had asked why, but I felt overwhelmed. I had protected many 500 Startup investments before in my time as a contributor at TechCrunch and read founders speak effectively of McClure, so I resolved to consider it on faith that he and his colleagues would deal with Pollock correctly.”

Pollock’s actions still left her with “PTSD-like symptoms,” Shu wrote, referring to put up-traumatic pressure problem.

“I was previously dealing with intrusive views. They begun a several weeks right after my face with Pollock, when the first shock had worn off, and would continue for about a 12 months,” she wrote.

“During my pregnancy, I uncovered my prenatal exams stress filled, since I did not want to be touched by nurses or my health care provider. I startled conveniently when folks approached me, even if it was my husband and I hadn’t noticed him 1st, primarily at night.

“Once I was rocking my newborn in a swaddle, trying to soothe her, and I begun crying since I felt that I was holding her versus her will and it brought back undesirable inner thoughts even while it was the only way to get her to sleep.”

Shu wrote that she isolated herself, declining invites for tech functions and conferences.

“During my maternity go away, I regarded as leaving tech reporting since I didn’t know how I could do my career properly if I was as well anxious to community with prospective sources. I was fearful and have been for nearly two several years.”

The bearded, bespectacled Pollock, who created the Forbes magazine “30 Beneath 30” record of growing business people in 2015 and statements as his personalized motto Facebook’s “move rapid and split points,” remains a undertaking lover and entrepreneur-in-home at 500 Startups.

In a response to TechCrunch concerning Shu’s allegations, 500 Startups claimed it investigated them as shortly as they discovered about them nearly two several years back.

“We spoke to her, Mr. Pollock, and many other witnesses,” the organization claimed, according to TechCrunch.

“Although the several accounts had been inconsistent and the investigation was inconclusive, we took inner action that we felt was responsive and reparative, and we communicated that action to TechCrunch’s Editor-in-Chief, Matthew Panzarino.

“Mr. Panzarino stated in a subsequent text message that Ms. Shu was ‘satisfied’ by our inner steps introducing that ‘At this point I feel we can close the textbooks on this a person … Many thanks for having the time and managing it very seriously.’”


Picture: Tristan Pollock’s LinkedIn site (LinkedIn screenshot)


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