/// Exclusive Interview: Keith Rabois Talks About Sexual Harassment Claim, Becoming a "Distraction" at Square and What’s Next
Sitting in front of a spectacular view of San Francisco at his home this afternoon, former Square COO Keith Rabois looks spent. He is just recovering from a bout of pneumonia, which would be bad enough, but it’s clear from his tense and unusually — for him — disheveled appearance that the sexual harassment claim made by a current employee at the San Francisco payments startup has taken its toll on the typically hard-charging exec who is not known for suffering fools. But, now, given a judgement he made to continue in a personal and physical relationship with that unnamed junior staffer after he was hired at Square, Rabois feels both foolish and also angry. “At the end of the day, this is personally embarrassing to me, because when anyone’s life is exposed to a public forum, it creates quite a damaging situation,” said Rabois. “As we looked at it, it was going to become a distraction that was going to hurt the company.” It appears as if he wanted to stay — he shrugs when directly asked about it, though he will not say so explicitly. But, Rabois finally agreed with Square’s top management, including CEO and founder Jack Dorsey, that is was better that he leave.