Leading venture capitalists including Y Combinator’s Garry Tan and Sequoia Capital partner Ravi Gupta bow out of large gathering of tech leaders after conference, CEO Paddy Cosgrave makes comments which appear to characterize Israel’s retaliatory strikes in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip as “war crimes.”
At least five speakers said they would no longer attend November’s Web Summit conference, which draws tens of thousands of founders and executives to Lisbon each year. Among those who announced their withdrawal were Ori Goshen, co-founder of AI21, a rival to OpenAI based in Israel, and Keith Peiris, co-founder of AI startup Tome. The boycott reveals the growing business impact of the Hamas terrorist group’s Oct. 7 attacks in southern Israel, which forced hundreds of Israeli tech workers to the front lines and spurred bank financiers to Wall Street to publicly criticize the academic institutions they support for their positions. on the war.