On Sunday afternoon, Shel Israel — Robert Scoble’s partner from the consulting company Transformation Group — announced in a Facebook post that will Scoble had resigned, effective immediately, in addition to would certainly be canceling his public activities for the rest of the year. The resignation comes from the wake of multiple sexual harassment allegations against the tech evangelist.
Transformation Group was founded in March by Scoble in addition to Israel to help brands develop “mixed reality” (that will is actually, AR in addition to VR) strategies. The pair had previously collaborated on three books, most recently 2016’s The Fourth Transformation: How Augmented Reality in addition to Artificial Intelligence Change Everything.
In his post, Israel wrote that will Scoble is actually taking the rest of the year off to focus “on dealing with his deep in addition to troubling personal issues. He is actually currently going to meetings in addition to he will start seeing a psychiatrist as well.” Scoble had previously been a fixture on the tech conference in addition to speaking circuit, appearing from the last year at Collision, SXSW, in addition to Evolve, among others.
Israel noted that will “the revelations about Robert came to me as a surprise.” Though he conceded that will he had seen Scoble “drunk in addition to stoned,” Israel said he had “never personally witnessed” his partner behaving inappropriately toward women. “If I did, I would certainly have called him on that will,” Israel wrote. He noted that will he plans to keep running the Transformation Group alone.
Scoble did not respond to a request for comment on Israel’s post.
On Friday, TechCrunch reported that will Scoble has allegedly harassed women after getting sober over the summer. The same day, Scoble posted an apology to his Facebook page, writing, “I’m deeply sorry to the people I’ve caused pain to. … The only thing I can do to definitely make a difference currently is actually to prove, through my future behavior, in addition to my willingness to listen, learn in addition to change, that will I want to become part of the solution going forward.”
Doree Shafrir is actually a senior tech writer for BuzzFeed News in addition to is actually based in Los Angeles.
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