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Monday, December 16, 2013

Is Greg Gopman, the Controversial AngelHack CEO, Homeless?

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It's been less than a week since Angelhack founder Greg Gopman decided to go public with his offering on his adopted city's homeless problem -- and boy, has his life been disrupted.

Following the public excoriation for his Facebook screed on how the poor folk of San Francisco don't know their place -- and worse, add no value -- things have been quiet for Gopman. The most recent epitome of tech entitlement gone wild has been silent on Twitter, and, since changing his profile picture to a "I HEART SF," may be taking a Facebook sabbatical as well.

He is also, apparently, on the outs at AngelHack. According to a blog post by the organization's co-founder and current CEO Sabeen Ali, penned last Thursday, Gopman "stepped down as CEO of AngelHack in October," and has not "taken an active role in the company" since then.

Gopman's troubles may also run deeper. A peek at public records reveals that Gopman lives at AngelHack's address -- which means he's either living illegally at work, possibly committed voter fraud, or is homeless himself.

Removing Gopman and getting as far away from him as possible might be a smart thing to do for the AngelHack brand, which stands to be more than a bit damaged, thanks to last week's unpleasantness when he penned a Facebook post trashing on San Francisco's homeless population. So did he really leave months ago? Ali's claim that Gopman actually stepped down in October and is not "actively" doing anything for AngelHack would be more believable had Gopman not been photographed running an AngelHack hackathon in Beijing just a few days before he decided to share his thoughts on the homeless, and wasn't front-and-center during a flurry of AngelHack events in Asia in November and December. But who knows. His bio and all others has been scrubbed from the company's About page. Either way, the tech world can be amorphous -- maybe he wasn't really CEO and was just globetrotting from hackathon to hackathon as an adviser, or douchebag executive emeritus. Ali did not respond to an email seeking clarification sent Saturday, though she has been active on Twitter, telling other media Gopman hasn't been active with AngelHack "for a long time," and is instead the top dog at an outfit called hackathon.io. There are bigger problems for Gopman, anyway. The 29-year-old Miami native, who's been in San Francisco since 2011, might be legally homeless. A quick look at the voter registration records reveals that Gopman registered to vote in late October 2011 -- just in time to cast a vote for tech Mayor Ed Lee -- at 169 11th Street in South of Market. That's also AngelHack's business headquarters, according to records -- and zoned as office space only. There are apartments next door at 179 11th St. but the PariSoma space at 169 11th St. is work space only. It's illegal to register to vote at an address where you don't live, which means Gopman perhaps committed voter fraud when he went to the polls last year. That is, unless he's actually homeless. Homeless people can register to vote, and when they do, they often list a street corner they frequent. So Gopman may not have broken the law if he's sleeping on the street in front of 169 11th St. We tweeted at Gopman on Saturday, in an attempt to find out his living situation (and to perhaps suggest a shelter, or at least a favorite overpass). He did not respond. Hopefully some of his defenders in the industry can give him a place to crash. Are we piling on here? Perhaps a bit. We will note, however, that prior to the disruption of his life, Gopman tweeted about his desire to retire. Now seems as good a time as any.
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Chris Roberts has spent most of his adult life working in San Francisco news media, which is to say he's still a teenager in Middle American years. He has covered marijuana, drug policy, and politics for SF Weekly since 2009.

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