There was one couple of articles posted in the last two days reporting on an impromptu sweep that was out of place that we’re working on for our TechCrunch Disrupt event in San Francisco this week. We wanted to detail what we know about what happened and the steps that were taken to do this right.
This week we will host a virtual version of our TechCrunch Disrupt conference from a studio in San Francisco. To stage the show we rented a place from a so-called company Not anymore.
Yesterday we were informed by Non Plus Ultra that a journalist had approached us to request a sweep that had taken place in the early hours of last Thursday morning before our team arrived. This was the first time we heard about Non Plus Ultra who coordinated an unpunished sweep outside their building.
This was not an action we asked Non Plus Ultra to do and it is not something we ever asked them to do. Upon further investigation, we discovered that the business and personal belongings had been removed or discarded by a private company hired by Non Plus Ultra.
This is absolutely unacceptable, and we are working to act immediately. First, we will no longer be working with Non Plus Ultra at any of its locations in San Francisco for any TechCrunch event in the future.
In addition, Non Plus Ultra is committed to working with local partners Community Housing Partnership, and DISH to support the homeless community on 12th Street. They are also committed to putting in place a system to replace or, when possible, return property to people who were unfairly targeted by this sweep. TechCrunch will ensure that Non Plus Ultra follows these commitments.
The city of San Francisco continues to struggle with a housing crisis and a large homeless population. Our neighbors who live on the streets suffer even more as they suffer from a pandemic and dangerous air quality from California fires.
Everyone deserves to be treated with compassion and humanity, regardless of how or where they live. TechCrunch focuses on the technology and economy that drives it; much of that economy is centered in and around the Bay.
Many of us live in San Francisco and the surrounding area and think it is our basic duty as human beings to see that our events benefit the community and not harm our neighbors.
Those affected by this situation are very sorry. We will make every effort to ensure that this is done properly.