Seattle, WA – Feb. 29, 2012 – Sabira Arefin, founder and CEO of LocalBlox, supports the success of thousands of entrepreneurs nationwide with the firm’s cutting edge technology and marketing solutions. She was invited to attend Startup Seattle Confererce on Feb. 16, 2012 and despite the strides made by women in business, the LocalBlox CEO found herself facing an example of a “good ole’ boys club,” complete with foul language and sexually explicit comments by the event’s judge.
“LocalBlox does not support or tolerate this type of behavior,” said Arefin. “The “F” word was used frequently and sexually explicit comments were made during a pitch by a woman entrepreneur. This was particularly disturbing to me as one of only a few women sitting in the audience. The room was full of men and most might have found it entertaining, but it was not professional. While many might say “Welcome to the real world,” this needs to be changed.”
The LocalBlox platform serves 60,000 neighborhoods and has an open neighborhood policy for a worldwide audience. With over 100,000 fans and followers, combined with thousands of active ambassadors, LocalBlox is well known throughout the business community as a supportive environment that fosters the best in its members and their business endeavors. The firm doesn’t accept or tolerate disrespectful comments, attacks or rhetoric.
“It’s the investor’s choice if they want to invest in a company, but they should treat people with the same respect they expect,” continued Arefin. As a female entrepreneur, Arefin is no stranger to the disrespect and disparaging attitudes that still exist among some of her male counterparts. What she didn’t expect was to see a story on a well-known Seattle blog GeekWire applauding Wong and his tactics.
“A Seattle startup news blog published the story to highlight the 21-year-old’s accomplishment of tearing down startups in a glorious way,” said Arefin. “It was particularly demoralizing for our huge fan and follower base. I sincerely hope none of our fans, followers and potential investors received the wrong impression about our company as a result of that story.”
Women in business form a core of companies throughout the world that are working to support their neighborhoods and enrich their communities through respect, equality and openness, the guiding tenets of the LocalBlox philosophy.
For more information or to join LocalBlox, visit the website at http://www.localblox.com.
Designed to allow residents and businesses in specific neighborhoods to meet and interact with their neighbors, LocalBlox is a highly innovative local social media portal that covers around 60 thousand of neighborhoods throughout the US and allows users to add additional areas. LocalBlox is bringing old-school communities back to today’s social networking and mobile era by connecting neighbors on core human values — love, help, appreciation, and recognition! LocalBlox connects businesses to their local communities and helps build relationships by providing enhanced local business profiles integrated with major social networking sites and a mobile platform with a SoLoMo approach to bolster brand reputations, communicate and monitor all local, social and mobile interactions of customers, local agents and stores in real-time. LocalBlox has over 23 million local businesses profiles.