Steve Keefer, CEO of U.S. Elite, recently wrote a blog post detailing how several Silicon Valley companies, including Google and PayPal, have negatively impacted U.S. Elite’s web presence by denying advertising and payment services due to their sale of knives. The opening paragraph can be read below:
This is one man’s perspective on what I’ll call ‘PC-run-wild’ in Silicon Valley. My company has had to stop selling knives, which were an important part of our business. This did not happen because we’re bad at selling knives, or violated any laws, or acted in any way less than the high standards to which we hold ourselves. Simply put, it seems the powers that be in Silicon Valley have decided that small businesses should not be selling knives online. As a mini-David against Goliaths like Google, Facebook, Twitter and PayPal, I don’t have a lot of rational options other than to just vent and share my story with you.
You can read the rest of the post at blog.us-elitegear.com/blog/2015/10/1/forced-out-of-the-knife-business-pc-run-wild-in-silicon-valley.