Shoeboxed takes a stand against North Carolina's HB2

Taylor Mingos, Founder, CEO & CTO of Shoeboxed

North Carolina's House Bill 2, known informally as the "Charlotte bathroom bill," has embroiled the state and the nation in a debate over discrimination and the rights of the LGBT community.

Not even the cloud accounting industry has escaped the controversy.

On Monday, Taylor Mingos spoke out against HB2 on APM's Marketplace Morning Report. Mingos is the founder of the receipt scanning and document management service Shoeboxed.

In particular, Mingos is concerned that HB2 will make it difficult to recruit the best employees to move to Durham, where Shoeboxed is based.

Mingos and other local small business leaders have launched a website called Startups Against HB2 in an effort to get the law repealed.

In an email to The News & Observer, Mingos explained their opposition to the law:

We (startups Adzerk, QuartzStudio, RevBoss, Shoeboxed and Windsor Circle) believe that HB2 is divisive legislation that is bad for business. North Carolina is better than this. We value diversity and see a culture of inclusiveness as essential for business and want to show our support for repealing the law.
We are impressed that so many large companies (Apple, PepsiCo, Twitter, etc) are speaking out publicly against HB2 and want to add our voice to the conversation. Startups and small businesses create over half of the jobs in North Carolina. As leaders of some of these small and growing businesses, the future we see for North Carolina is an inclusive one and without discrimination against our peers, families, and co-workers.

Read the full story here: Businesses organize online HB2 protest

Blake Oliver

Los Angeles, California, United States