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Tech Exec Found Guilty of Using Nerd Trick to Steal Legos from Target

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Back in May, SAP executive Thomas Langenbach was charged with stealing and reselling thousands of dollars worth of Legos. The Valley hotshot used technology developed at SAP to create new barcodes, which he pasted overtop the barcodes of his stolen treasures. The new barcodes were encoded with much lower prices, so he could buy the Legos at a discount and resell them online. With the beloved building blocks he kept, Mr. Lagenbach also assembled a mini Legoland inside his mansion. Read More

Lawsuits

All the Fun Guys Have Worked at SAP

Ajit Nazre

If “fun” means alleged LEGO hoarders and targets of gender discrimination lawsuits, European enterprise software giant SAP must be a fun place to work! Betabeat has been covering the arrest of SAP exec Thomas Langenbach, who built something “like a mini Legoland” in his San Carlos, CA home. We’ve learned that in addition to Mr. Langenbach, SAP once employed Ajit Nazre–who is a key figure in a major lawsuit filed against Silicon Valley VC firm Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers (KPCB). Former Kleiner Perkins investment partner Ellen Pao filed the suit, which in part covers interactions with Mr. Nazre after he moved from SAP to KPCB. Ms. Pao makes some tough allegations against Mr. Nazre, alleging they had a personal relationship and claiming that after it ended, he “[...] started a consistent pattern of retaliation against her” which lasted more than 5 years. In the same suit Ms. Pao also accuses Mr. Nazre of harassing several other women. She also states Mr. Nazre left KPCB in 2011 after an independent investigation into harassment claims. Read More