Cardano CEO Charles Hoskinson recently received a political e-mail from the CEO of Expensify.
He soon discovered that the same was true for most of the IOHK staff.
Hoskinson found this extremely distasteful and remarked that the IOHK would immediately start looking for a supplier.
The time for the U.S. presidential election was almost upon us, which meant that many people supported their preferred candidate in various ways. However, while some are excited as the elections approach, others are not, and Charles Hoskinson of Cardano apparently does not like mixing politics and economics.
IOHK employees and CEO are bombarded with political emails
According to his recent tweet, Hoskinson received an email from Expensify CEO David Barrett. The email was Barrett’s personal appeal to vote for presidential candidate Joe Biden.
Hoskinson was quite upset about this and noted that his first thought was that Barrett must have hacked his email account from a Biden follower. However, it turned out that this was not the case.
Hoskinson then tweeted: “I just received an email from @expensify CEO David Barrett asking me to vote for Joe Biden. IOHK is currently using the services of Expensify. We will immediately begin the search for a new provider. I didn’t sign up to have the CEO of a service provider send an email to my employees asking them to push a political agenda.
I have just received an email from @expensify CEO David Barrett asking me to vote for Joe Biden. Iohk currently uses the expensive services of @expensive. We will immediately begin the search for a new provider. I didn’t sign up to have the CEO of a service provider send my employees an e-mail with a political agenda pic.twitter.com/smJdyli86G- Charles Hoskinson (@IOHK_Charles) October 23, 2020
It wasn’t long before Hoskinson discovered that he was not the only one who received this email. In fact, it was sent to a whole group of IOHK employees.
He also mentioned this in a recent YouTube video, noting that he could not remember ever receiving such an email from an established company before in his life.
Hoskinson’s wants an apolitical approach, but unlike the CEO of Coinbase
IOHK definitely used the services of Expensify in the early days of its existence, but Hoskinson noted that he was not sure if this was still the case. But even if it was, he stressed that it would not remain the company’s client for long.
Many have remarked that this sounds very similar to Brian Armstrong’s recently strongly criticized announcement that political discussions within Coinbase are prohibited, although there are important differences. Hoskinson, for example, advocates freedom of speech and pluralism, and he noted that he would never impose his own ideology on employees or customers.
However, he finds it intolerable that any of the company’s partners/service providers would do such a thing.