Silicon Valley’s Most Self-Destructive Founder

The case of Gurbaksh Chahal, a prolific technology entrepreneur who allegedly attacked two women, represents “everything the public thinks is wrong with Silicon Valley.”
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Gurbaksh Chahal wanted to be a role model for the sales team at his digital advertising startup and show them how to close a deal. But the co-founder and chief executive officer of Gravity4 Inc. knew he couldn’t be effective as the face of the business. In 2014, he had been removed from the last company he started following a fight with his girlfriend a year earlier, in which he hit and kicked her 117 times. The brutal ordeal, which had been caught on security-camera footage, resulted in probation for Chahal and shattered his reputation.

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