After Exposing Silicon Valley Scam In Viral Post, Penny Kim Finds New Startup Home in Dallas

By Melissa Repko
The Dallas Morning News

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Penny Kim, a marketing professional, said she never expected that her nightmarish job experience would capture the public’s attention. She said she wrote down what happened to her as a form of therapy, to help her process a traumatic time.

The Dallas Morning News

Penny Kim moved to Silicon Valley with a backseat full of boxes and dreams of making a life for herself there. She had gotten job at a startup that came with the promise of a six-figure salary and relocation stipend.

But she never unpacked.

The 37-year-old Dallas resident said she instead found herself in a nightmarish scenario of working for weeks without pay.

She recounted her experience in August in a Medium post titled “I Got Scammed By A Silicon Valley Startup.”

The story went viral and got more than 660,000 views. It got picked up by major news outlets, including the New York Times and Inc., Quartz.

Kim has returned to home of Dallas — but she hasn’t given up on startups. She accepted a job as vice president of marketing at ParkHub, a startup that makes hardware and software intended to simplify parking at large sports arenas and concert venues.

The startup’s technology is used by major stadiums and concert venues, including AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

Kim, a marketing professional, said she never expected her story would capture the public’s attention. She said she wrote it down as a form of therapy, to help her process a traumatic time.

But she’s glad it shined a light on the less glamorous side of startups, the ones that struggle, fail or lie.

She received dozens of emails and LinkedIn requests from people who had similar work experiences, but signed non-disclosure agreements or felt embarrassed. “People have said ‘You have been my voice when I couldn’t tell my story,'” Kim said.

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