Jordan French Out at Status Labs

CEO forced to resign over "inexcusable" demolition of Jumpolin

The staff of Status Labs, the "Online Reputation Management" firm headed by Jordan French, just announced his resignation: "The company’s employees asked French to resign after reviewing actions taken outside of his role at Status Labs that do not represent the values of the company."

Employees of Status Labs (Courtesy of Status Labs)

The "actions" referred to in the press release and letter were the eviction and demolition of the Jumpolin piñata store owned by Sergio and Monica Lejarazu. For more on that story, see here, here, and here.

The press release announcing the resignation quoted an open letter from company employees to the city of Austin: “While our former CEO’s inexcusable actions were performed outside of his role at Status Labs, we would still like to extend our sincere regrets and apologies to the Lejarazu family and to our fellow Austinites. We feel that the actions taken and the insensitive comments made by Jordan were way out of line with our values and beliefs.”

The letter also distinguished French from his partner Darius Fisher, saying: "We stand by our New York City-based president, Darius Fisher, who, as a passive investor in F&F Real Estate Ventures, was unaware of the extreme measures Jordan enacted in his effort to evict Jumpolin.”

In their open letter, the employees said they were "horrified" by French's actions: "We are not Jordan French. We are a team of 25 young, creative, hardworking Austinites who love our city just as much as you do. From the moment we found out about this unfortunate incident, we made it clear that we found these actions just as horrifying as the rest of the world.

"We held nothing back in expressing our dissatisfaction and made our stance clear from day one. With the dismissal of Jordan French as Chief Executive Officer, we are happy to say that our voices were heard."

The employees say they "look forward to earning back the community's respect and trust."

See the full press release below. The open letter to the city of Austin is available at the Status Labs web site.


The full Status Labs press release:

Immediate Release: March 26, 2015

Status Labs Announces the Resignation of Jordan French, CEO

Austin, TX - Status Labs announces that Jordan French has resigned as Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately, and will no longer be involved in the operation of the business.

The company’s employees asked French to resign after reviewing actions taken outside of his role at Status Labs that do not represent the values of the company.

Status Labs’ employees have chosen to demonstrate their commitment to the Austin community by regularly volunteering as a company at Austin nonprofits. The first volunteer outing will be serving members of Austin’s homeless community at Caritas on March 30th, 2015.

While no replacement for French has been named, Status Labs is currently reviewing candidates for the role.

In an open letter posted on the company’s website, the company’s employees stated that, “While our former CEO’s inexcusable actions were performed outside of his role at Status Labs, we would still like to extend our sincere regrets and apologies to the Lejarazu family and to our fellow Austinites. We feel that the actions taken and the insensitive comments made by Jordan were way out of line with our values and beliefs.”

We stand by our New York City-based president, Darius Fisher, who, as a passive investor in F&F Real Estate Ventures, was unaware of the extreme measures Jordan enacted in his effort to evict Jumpolin.”

To read the entire letter, please visit here.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 36 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More Status Labs
The Jumpolin Story Goes to Court
The Jumpolin Story Goes to Court
Status Labs partners Jordan French and Darius Fisher sue and countersue

Michael King, March 30, 2018

More Jumpolin
News Roundup: Never Give Up
News Roundup: Never Give Up
Fight against marriage equality continues; F&F looks for a new venture

the News Staff, March 2, 2015

Jumpolin Supporters Claim a Victory
Jumpolin Supporters Claim a Victory
Convince party host to change venue

Tony Cantú, Feb. 27, 2015

More by Michael King
A Plan for Pease Park’s Future
A Plan for Pease Park’s Future
New master plan includes phase one redesign and upgrade of park’s southernmost 13 acres

Nov. 16, 2018

Van Boven Heads Back To Court
Van Boven Heads Back To Court
Texas Medical Board still won’t wipe exonerated doctor’s record clean

Nov. 16, 2018

KEYWORDS FOR THIS POST

Status Labs, Jumpolin, Jordan French, F&F Ventures, Darius Fisher

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Updates for SXSW 2019

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle