Former Business Partner Challenges WebEx Founder and Venture Capitalist Over Alleged Rape of Daughter

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Gun-toting former business partner of Min Zhu, Michael Zeleny, organizes disruptions at headquarters of WebEx and NEA

Min Zhu, co-founder of WebEx and its former CTO, is the subject of week-long protests and disruptions organized by Michael Zeleny, his former business partner.

Citing testimony given in sworn deposition by Zhu’s daughter Erin that she was brutally raped by her father at the age of fourteen, presented as evidence in Santa Clara Superior Court case number CV809286, Zeleny states executives accused of rape by family members have no place in positions of public trust.

Zeleny is appearing at the corporate headquarters of New Enterprise Associates in Menlo Park and Cisco WebEx in Santa Clara every workday this week, along with a handful of other protesters, accompanied by live musicians and large signs bearing the portraits of Min Zhu, Subrah Iyar of WebEx and Scott Sandell of NEA.

At each appearance this week, Zeleny carries a Winchester 12 gauge shotgun slung over his shoulder and a bandolier of ammunition strapped across his chest. Menlo Park and Santa Clara police have been present at each protest.

Zeleny says he ran ads on Tuesday of this week on Craigslist advertising free food for “registered sex offenders, sex workers, adult industry performers… in honor of Min Zhu” for his Thursday protest at the New Enterprise Associates offices and at the Cisco Webex offices on Friday. Next week, Zeleny says it will be the homeless from San Francisco being hired to communicate his message at the protest sites. He intends to provide free limo transportation from San Francisco to Menlo Park and Santa Clara, and wages and meals to ensure their participation.

These are not the first protests of Min Zhu and his partners Subrah Iyar and Scott Sandell organized by Zeleny. On 13 May 2005, following previous protests by Zeleny, WebEx announced Min Zhu’s sudden “retirement” and his relocation to China. Following his departure from WebEx, Min Zhu co-founded Northern Light, a venture capital fund, in partnership with Scott Sandell of NEA. Currently he also operates Cybernaut China Venture Capital, which bills itself as “one of China’s pioneering investment fund”.

Scott Sandell is a General Partner at New Enterprise Associates in Menlo Park and is responsible for NEA’s activities in China. New Enterprise Associates (NEA) bills itself as “the largest VC firm in the country”.

Subrah Iyar co-founded WebEx with Min Zhu and served as its Chief Executive Officer and the Chairman of its board. He has been designated as Cisco’s Chief Strategy Officer and apparently continues to oversee the operations of WebEx.

Zeleny views these protests as open-ended, and says that he will continue his campaign as long as needed.

Zeleny maintains a website dedicated to Min Zhu, Subrah Iyar and Scott Sandell at Zeleny’s protests alternate between New Enterprise Associates, 2855 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025, and Cisco/WebEx, 3979 Freedom Circle, Santa Clara, CA 95054 from 10 AM to 5 PM. Contact Zeleny for their current schedule by phone at 323-363-1860 or email at zeleny(at)post(dot)harvard(dot)edu.

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