SALT LAKE CITY – Entrata, the Silicon Slopes tech company that got embroiled in controversy following an anti-Semitic email from its founder, has pledged $ 100,000 for anti-discrimination efforts.
The financial commitment was made to Utah Tech Leads, the political action committee created by the technology companies of Silicon Slopes. It will be used to fight all forms of discrimination, including anti-Semitism, racism, gender identity, sexual orientation and others, said Elizabeth Converse, executive director of PAC.
Entrata donation follows FOX 13’s initial report on an email that company founder Dave Bateman sent to a number of tech CEOs and political leaders claiming that “the Jews” were behind the scenes. ‘a plot to exterminate people using the COVID-19 vaccine. Bateman admitted to sending the email. The remarks were widely condemned and led to Bateman’s resignation as chairman of Entrata’s board and the divestiture of his holdings.
Since then, the Silicon Slopes PAC has called on companies to publicly declare that they will not support discrimination as part of a “Tech for Good Utah” initiative. More than 70 companies have agreed to participate so far, Utah Tech Leads said.
“It’s great to see over 70 companies in Utah’s tech community expressing their support for this important mission. We all know that culture is paramount to continued success and that knowledgeable speakers on topics we don’t know. not always talking every day is important to business and community growth, “Sunny Washington, CEO of Utah Tech Leads, said in a statement announcing the initiative.” We also appreciate the quick action and Entrata’s decisive part in this effort and its willingness to scale up and sponsor this program. These partnerships go a long way in creating a better and more positive working environment for all. “
Entrata, a property management software company, has also led outreach to the Jewish community in Utah. Salt Lake City Grandstand reported that leaders met with Congregation Kol Ami and pledged financial donation to the synagogue.