David Bateman, one of the founders of Utah tech startup Entrata Inc., has resigned from the board after sending an anti-Semitic email espousing conspiracy theories on the Covid-19 vaccine.
The email, reviewed by Bloomberg, claimed the vaccines represented a plot to “euthanize the American people” and that “the Jews are behind it.” The email went on to say that “for 300 years the Jews have tried to infiltrate the Catholic Church” in an attempt to obtain “totalitarian rule”. The message was sent to several personalities in the political and technological scene of Utah, including the governor. The existence of the letter was first reported on Tuesday by local media.
“The opinions expressed by Dave were his own and do not reflect the views or values ââof Entrata,” startup CEO Adam Edmunds said in a statement on Twitter. In an email, the company said the Entrata board asked Bateman to immediately step down from Entrata’s board and his role as chairman.
In July, Entrata, a property management software company, said it raised $ 507 million in a funding round led by leading firm Silver Lake, as well as Qualtrics co-founder Ryan Smith. , and Vivint co-founder Todd Pedersen. Dragoneer Investment Group and Domo Inc. CEO Josh James also participated in the financing.
In a statement, a spokeswoman for Silver Lake said Bateman’s email “does not in any way reflect our views and we categorically condemn anti-Semitism and hatred in all its forms.” Bateman did not respond to requests for comment.
âThis behavior and sentiment is despicable and does not reflect the attitudes of the Utah tech industry,â said Elizabeth Converse, executive director of the Utah Tech Leads industry group. “Plus, spreading such blatant disinformation in our state as omicron is on the rise makes this kind of language doubly dangerous.” Theresa Foxley, director of the Economic Development Corporation of Utah, also condemned the comments in an email, âThere is no place in our community for this type of vile hate.
Bateman has made headlines in the past. Silicon Slopes, a Utah-based tech organization, apologized after asking the women in attendance to stand up to cheer on sports star Alex Rodriguez at a conference, calling the episode “embarrassing” in one. communicated. In 2020, Bateman was sued by the founder of Nikola Corp. for alleged libel, and he absorbed some of the debt accumulated by the Utah Republican Party, the Salt Lake Tribute reported.
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