Startup Fires CEO Over Expense Reports

Turvo’s board accused co-founder Eric Gilmore of expensing $76K at strip clubs over a three-year span.

Bloomberg reported December 13th that Sunnyvale, California-based Turvo — a real-time collaborative logistics startup — has implemented an important new company policy that essentially says employees aren’t allowed to entertain clients at strip clubs, and certainly not expense such bills to the company.

Why caused this new policy? Well, the company’s most recent CEO was fired in May for doing just that – to quite a degree. Bloomberg cited legal filings that show Turvo’s board accused co-founder Eric Gilmore of expensing 76 thousand dollars at strip clubs over a three-year span, leading to his firing this past May.

Even over three years, I’m sure 76 grand could get you and your business clients plenty of sub-par strip joint food, some great booze and a lot of… entertainment?

The court filings show 39-year-old Gilmore didn’t deny the accusations, but sued the company with the claim that Turvo didn’t follow proper protocol for his termination, which Turvo refuted before the two parties settled in September.

The company — which makes software that aids logistics companies track freight and has about 85 million dollars in investment backing — has since replaced Gilmore with new CEO Scott Lang, who joined Turvo just before Thanksgiving and implemented the no strip club rule.

Lang told Bloomberg that he’s focused on helping the company move past the scandal, and when asked about the idea of buttering up potential clients at strip clubs, he said, quote, “Never have. Never Will.” End quote.

Despite his firing in May, as of December 18th, Gilmore’s LinkedIn profile still lists his position as Founder, Board Member and Special Advisor to CEO at Turvo – perhaps indicating that the company hasn't completely severed ties with him after all.

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