A jury of six women and six men said Friday that Kleiner Perkins had not discriminated or retaliated against Pao, the 45-year-old former junior partner at the firm.
The four-week trial had received intense media coverage for its allegations of porn-star talk in business settings and exclusion of women from company events. Rather than invite a woman on a company ski trip, "Why don't we punt on her and find 2 guys who are awesome?" a Kleiner partner suggested in an email.
Yes, grownup partners at powerful venture capital firms actually talk like that.
Pao's defeat set off the usual nasty-grams on social media and in the odious commentaries posted at the bottom of news stories. A lot of it can't be printed here.
But among the PG13-rated misogyny was a remark from a Wall Street Journal reader who, commenting on a story about the verdict, suggested that if you must hire a woman "hire a really ugly one - the fatter the better." (The Journal later deleted the comment).
And then there were the four "anti-women psychos" who San Francisco Chronicle columnist Mark Morford had to ban from his Facebook fan page. "Can't imagine what women have to deal with," he wrote in a Tweet.