The Startup CEO, the Irony App and a Hit-And-Run. The Nirav Tolia Case Study
May 15, 2014
Nextdoor CEO Nirav Tolia was charged with one count of felony hit-and-run after he allegedly swerved dangerously into another lane and caused a woman to spin out of control and crash last August, authorities said. Forbes
Ironically, Nextdoor.com, a private social network for urban neighborhoods was used to fight crimes in a local Phoenix area. Hyperlocal
So there we have the start of inconsistent and contradictory messaging or actions from the CEO of Nextdoor, Nirav Tolia (one count felony hit-and-run) and message of the company (crime fighting app) and beginnings of a Case Study for The Sociopathic Business Model™.
From a civil suit filed by the victim of the crash Valleywag:
Then Nextdoor CEO Nirav Tolia fled the scene. Let’s run it through characteristics and see what applies:
–Nextdoor CEO Nirav Tolia manipulated and did not recognize the rights of others when he fled the scene of a hit-and-run accident he caused
–Nextdoor CEO Nirav Tolia lacked shame, remorse, or accountability when he fled the scene of a hit-and-run accident he caused
–Nextdoor CEO Nirav Tolia demonstrated shallow emotions, poor behavior control and was irresponsible when he fled the scene of hit-and-run accident he caused
–Nextdoor CEO Nirav Tolia created hopelessness in the victim Ms. Motely as she filed a civil suit in the hit-and-run case he caused and fled
–Nextdoor CEO Nirav Tolia demonstrated unethical behavior (and illegal behavior) when he fled the scene of the hit-and-run accident he caused
As the saying goes, where there’s smoke there’s usually fire: We want to see if there is any other information that supports this is not the first time Nextdoor CEO Nirav Tolia employed tactics from The Sociopathic Business Model™ :
Tolia is currently dealing with allegations that he stole trade secrets and infringed on trademark in order to form Nextdoor. And, in 2004, his former cofounders sued Tolia and others for a “pre-conceived scheme” that allegedly defrauded them out of $250 million. Court documents for both cases are available on ValleyWag.
Out of the playbook we should at some point he’ll have some political aspirations or need to try to influence policy. All the repeated fact based evidence is enough for me to decide that:
I do not want to do business with Nextdoor until Nirav Tolia is removed as CEO and I’d like to see him on the Banned for Life CEO/Political Office List. Unethical or illegal behavior that is encouraged, replicated and rewarded will continue until The Free Market starts demanding more and put money and votes behind ethical companies and politicians. Each person reading this can take the factual information and apply it to their lives however they deem best for themselves and their families.
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