Paypal co-founder Peter Thiel created some controversy after donating $1.25 million to the Donald Trump presidential campaign. Not only are Paypal users backing away from the company, but Project Include, a Silicon Valley diversity initiative, has decided to cut ties with the startup incubator, Y Combinator, because of its relationship with Thiel.
The incubator gives “…advice and funding to groups of startups in exchange for an equity stake.” Ellen Pao, Co-Founder of Project Include, stated that “While all of us believe in the ideas of free speech and open platforms, we draw a line here,” she wrote in a post on Medium.
“We agree that people shouldn’t be fired for their political views, but this isn’t a disagreement on tax policy, this is advocating hatred and violence.”
Pao and her organization are against giving more power to groups of people or organizations who have openly spoken out against minorities and diversity initiatives. Project Include provides startups and tech companies with information on making hiring more inclusive, improving employee retention rate and examining bias in the workplace. In their opinion Trump does not.