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Controversies That Shook the Startup Ecosystem in 2017

India’s startup community seems surrounded with a feeling despicable fear for a few weeks now anticipating what’s next?! The entrepreneurs and many who are involved with supplying and distributing startup products are all in shock. It has shaken the morale of many investors.

Allegations of Sexual Harassment

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Another entrepreneur is under fire after an endless barrage of sexual harassment allegations. Though there is no proof or comment from TVF’s Anurabh Kumar apart from allegations and gossip blog posts from nine different women, some of whom were his ex-employees and colleagues. Arunabh Kumar, the founder of ‘The Viral Fever’ (TVF), an online digital entertainment startup, has been accused of sexual harassment by multiple women. The episode began on March 12 after a blog post by “Indian Fowler”—à la Susan Fowler and her blog about Uber—said the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, alumnus had harassed her more than once. TVF first put out a terse statement threatening “severe justice for making such false allegations.” Kumar later came out all guns blazing in an interview: “I am a heterosexual, single man and when I find a woman sexy, I tell her she’s sexy. I compliment women. Is that wrong?”


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