Jordan Walinsky | CNN Business
A well-known venture capitalist has been criticized for calling new fathers “losers” when they take a month’s parental leave.
Palantir co-founder Joe Lonsdale responded Wednesday to a tweet about US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, who quit his job to care for his newborn twins.
“Any man in an important position who takes 6 months leave for a newborn is a failure. Men used to have children and they worked hard to secure their future – that’s the right answer for men. “
Buttidzic went on parental leave for only two months, not six.
Lonsdale’s tweet sparked outrage in the venture capital world. Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian responded to Lonsdale’s tweet by writing that he “proudly” took full parental leave and will do it again.
“It turns out that it helped me win even more,” he said.
Harry Tan, founder of Initialized Capital, defended his firm’s four-month parental leave.
“Respect that people have other choices, but being a father is great, and there is more to life than work and money,” – he wrote on Twitter.
Lonsdale later said that the use of the word “loser” was “unnecessary” and that he “respects that there are different approaches to this and should not be so harsh.” However, he supported his initial comment on traditional gender roles.
His initial tweet was in response to Axios reporter Dan Primack, who criticized podcast host Joe Rogan’s comments on Buttigieg. Lonsdale, like Rogan, is known for provocative statements on the right.
In November 2020, Lonsdale moved from San Francisco to Austin, Texas, claiming he was unhappy with California’s taxes and liberal ideals. He is currently a managing partner at 8VC, “a multi-billion dollar venture capital firm,” according to its website.
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