The San Francisco tech CEO who was filmed in a racist rant against an Asian-American family has resigned

The Bernardus Garden at Bernardus Lodge & Spa on October 02, 2019 in Carmel Valley, California.
The Bernardus Garden at Bernardus Lodge & Spa on October 02, 2019 in Carmel Valley, California.

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  • The tech CEO who was filmed berating an Asian family with racist remarks has resigned, per a report in the San Francisco Chronicle.

  • The move comes after the executive, Michael Lofthouse of Solid8, was filmed saying “Trump gonna f— you” and “you f—— Asian piece of s—” in a video that has since gone viral.

  • According to Solid8’s Linkedin profile, the company employs 2 to 10 people, and its primary address is listed at 650 California Street in San Francisco, an address also listed as a WeWork space.

  • Many have confused Lofthouse’s firm with a UK based consulting company of the same name. The managing director of Solid8 Consulting told Business Insider in a statement that her company is “being incorrectly attacked for racism and hatred.”

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The CEO of a San Francisco tech firm has resigned after footage surfaced of him attacking an Asian family with racist comments at a California restaurant.

Michael Lofthouse, the CEO of private IT services and cloud firm Solid8, confirmed his resignation in a statement to the San Francisco Chronicle on Saturday.

“I can confirm that I have stepped down from Solid8, terminating all business relationships with immediate effect,” he told the Chronicle. “I will make it my duty to ensure my personal actions do not continue to have a detrimental impact on those people closest to me.”

He also told the Chronicle that he has “once again begun my journey back to sobriety” and also enrolled in an anti-racist program. According to the outlet, he had stepped down earlier last week.

Lofthouse was caught on camera berating the Chan and Orosa families who were celebrating a birthday at the Lucas restaurant at the Bernardus Lodge and Spa in Carmel Valley near Monterey over the July Fourth weekend. “Trump’s gonna f— you,” Lofthouse is filmed saying before telling the family they need to leave. He then says “you f—— Asian piece of s—.” An employee at the restaurant, who was later identified as Gennica Cochran, swiftly and sternly intervened, telling Lofthouse to get out. “You do not talk to our guests like that, they are valued guests,” the worker is recorded saying.

The video quickly went viral, with the incident published in local and national media outlets and celebrities like Kelly Clarkson publicly decrying Lofthouse’s behavior. A petition was also created on Change.org and garnered 25,000 signatures calling for Lofthouses’ termination from the company.

On July 8, a day after the video gained traction online, Solid8 posted a statement on Twitter from Lofthouse in response to the video.

 

The family told ABC7News that they thought he was “just saving face.”

It was only after the video went viral that Lofthouse was identified as the CEO of a tech firm called Solid8. The homepage of the company’s corporate website currently simply displays the words “Coming Soon.” In the lower right-hand corner is a blurb reading “Born in the U.S.Bay!”

According to the company’s LinkedIn profile, two to 10 people are employed at the company, but just one of them is listed on LinkedIn as an “Information Technology Executive” in the Philippines. Lofthouse has since deleted his LinkedIn profile. Solid8’s LinkedIn profile lists 650 California Street in San Francisco as the company’s primary address, an address that is also listed as a WeWork coworking space.

A screenshot from a Google search last week shows a result for Lofthouse's LinkedIn profile.
A screenshot from a Google search last week shows a result for Lofthouse’s LinkedIn profile.

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It’s unclear if the startup has received any sort of venture funding. Its description claims the company is home to “Established Silicon Valley Cloud Transformation Experts.”

The company’s name is identical to that of a UK-based consulting firm, which has been mistaken for the San Francisco-based cloud startup Solid8. The UK company has been fielding angry messages intended for Lofthouse’s tech firm. In a statement to Business Insider, Solid8 Consulting managing director Emma Jones said:

“It appears that my company, Solid8 Consulting Ltd, is being incorrectly attacked for racism and hatred. We are currently receiving huge amounts of emails, calls, and messages from people accusing us of having a CEO that is racist. This is a case of mistaken identity and we are in no way associated with the business in question. We don’t actually have a CEO, I run and own the company along with my Fiancé, Josh. Action like we are seeing today damages businesses and livelihoods. Whilst I appreciate that people are understandably outraged and want to express their views by what they have seen on video of a CEO from a company with a similar name, we are NOT associated or affiliated in any way with HIS company in the USA.”

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