A witness for the venture resources company Ellen Pao is demanding gender discrimination states they promoted Pao to a spending role despite the fact that they really did not believe she would certainly be any kind of excellent at it.
“I really did not believe being an investor was the ideal role for Ellen,’ indicated Kleiner managing companion Ted Schlein on Thursday. ‘I thought she would be a terrific operator.’
But when Google Ventures approached Pao concerning a work — perhaps to end up being a partner there — Kleiner reacted by making her a junior companion in its electronic development fund.
“There was a conversation concerning just how to react to Google Ventures’ demand to chat to Ellen,’ said Schlein. ‘We provided her a placement in the electronic team at that factor in time.’
Schlein said he was “quite hesitant’ about advertising Pao and also claimed told John Doerr, which Pao had been acting as principal of staff.
Kleiner’s lawyers have worried that Pao wasn’t promoted from junior partner to a general companion function considering that she was better suited as a driver than an investor.
Currently Pao is serving as Reddit’s interim CEO. She’s aiming for $16 million in damages from Kleiner Perkins.