Updated [8/20/2014 11:06 a.m. PST] Pavel Curda has confessed and released a formal apology via The Next Web.
“I regret sending the messages while I was in Berlin in July, mentioned recently in the press. I apologise for them and I am ready to apologise again in person with a big bouquet of flowers.”
I made a mistake recently. I regret it and apologized. I did not not want to hurt anyone. My sincere apologies again
— Pavel Curda (@pavelcurda) August 20, 2014
It’s no secret that there are many instances where females in the startup world are exploited by men. Unfortunately, it’s rare for any of these guys that cross the line to get called out as bad as this guy just did.
Meet Pavel Curda. He is a European angel investor, contributor at TheNextWeb, and a startup advisor. Back in July, during a networking event in Berlin, Curda had a quick meeting with Gesche Haas, a techie based in New York. After she got back to her room, this flattering email popped up in her inbox. It was from Pavel Curda.
Haas was initially not going to tell anyone, thinking she might’ve brought this on herself, but that thought quickly dissipated once she met another woman who had received a similar email from Curda.
According to Pavel Curda in a recent tweet, he claims that his email was hacked. We’ll let you guys decide if you believe him.
Many of you witnessed in past weeks, my gmail was hacked. Sorry for weird messages you might have received. Do not open any attachments
— Pavel Curda (@pavelcurda) August 19, 2014
However, another female on twitter makes a rather interesting point.
— Lucie Montel (@luciemontel) August 20, 2014
In a telephone call to Valleywag, Haas said the following:
I believe that [when] women see what I posted, next time it happens they’ll call them out.”
Amen to that sister.