Thinx is definitely not the only example of this problem, but certainly the most recent. This week, a damning report came out saying that Thinx, a feminine apparel company that’s regularly critiques how society and brands treat women, underpays its employees and provides inadequate maternity leave.
Additionally, the report said that Thinx’s CEO Miki Agrawal has verbally abused employees. These infractions are clearly bad in their own right, but worse because of how Thinx positions itself as a brand. Maybe we’ve all drank too much of the startup Kool-Aid.
Do you know of any startups that actually practice what they preach?
Yes. A 20 year old, publicly traded start up in Seattle; Amazon. they have the best diversity, age and gender, work like maniacs, and do not worry about the competition. They only worry about the user. Period. If what something is not customer driven, they do not spend time on it.