Tech blogger and evangelist Robert Scoble has resigned as the partner of the AR/VR startup Transformation Group, as a result of multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.
This announcement was made on Facebook by the co-founder of Transformation Group, Shel Israel. Israel wrote in his Facebook post that these allegations came as a surprise to him, and that he had seen Robert get drunk and stoned over the years but never witnessed him behaving inappropriately towards women. “His decision is related to recent revelations that Robert engaged in inappropriate sexual behavior, which he has confirmed are, for the most part, true,” Israel wrote in a Facebook post. “I hope this leads to him correcting his behavior in a way that is permanent.”
He also added, “I am grateful to Robert for removing himself from our partnership.”
These allegations came to light last week when tech journalist Quinn Norton wrote in a blog post that Scoble grabbed her breast and butt during the hacker conference Foo Camp in 2010. This opened up a series of revelations from other women who had similar interactions with Scoble. Along with Norton, ProDay Founder Sarah Kunst and former colleague of Scoble’s Michelle Greer accused him of actions that included groping and verbal harassment.
Scoble responded in an interview with USA Today, stating that these incidents occurred a long time ago while he was still an alcoholic and that he is sober now. However, according to a report by TechCrunch, several women reported being sexually abused by Scoble after 2015, the time by which he claimed to have stopped drinking.
“I did some things that are really, really hurtful to the women, and I feel ashamed by that,” Scoble told USA Today in a story published Friday. “I have taken many steps to try to get better because I knew some of this was potentially going to come out.”
Transformation Group was founded in May of this year by Scoble and Israel with the intent to help businesses develop their brand strategies for virtual reality and augmented reality. Scoble started blogging in the early 2000s and eventually started working as an evangelist for Microsoft.
Lately, there has been a wave of sexual harassment scandals coming out including the Harvey Weinstein scandal and Roy Price of Amazon resigning following similar allegations.