The reports of Jason Caldbeck’s history of sexual harassment has opened up a deluge of allegations against prominent members of many in publicly visible communities.

As Ben Thompson has astutely pointed out, much of the reason these men were able to get away with it for so long has much to do with the power that they hold and the ability to decide who gets what. Much like incumbents in traditional industries, these leaders acted as gatekeepers: determining who gets what funding, which part in a movie, or what job.

When news of Jason Caldbeck’s misbehavior broke, we at TechNode began to immediately ask, How often does this happen in China’s VC and startup community? We were able to find plenty of women willing to share their story. Having someone listen without judgment about previous trauma can be very therapeutic. Indeed, we heard stories about prominent venture capitalists and supposedly upstanding members of the startup community. However, we are not investigative journalists (as much as we might aspire to be) and found it difficult to find women who would go on the record (for fear of retaliation) or who had evidence (without which we could not publish accusations).

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John Artman

John Artman is the Editor in Chief for TechNode, the leading English information source for news and insight into China’s tech and startups, and co-host of the China Tech Talk podcast, a regular discussion...