Wow what an experience. Penny glad you made it out stronger and better than before, but no one should have to go through things like this! I think just as start-ups do background checks, there should be reference checks for founders.
Playing with others lives is not a game, and it has serious consequences! I am sure this happens more often than we all think. Not sure what these founders are thinking. Employees have families, commitments and other aspects of their lives to look after — you can’t just take all that away from them.
Penny if I can be of any help in the NYC scene please do let me know! One thing in all this is that you are an amazing marketer (just from your whiteboard and what is on it). You have a special ability to really understand the market, the product, and how it all fits together!