A former Google employee behind a failed office furniture startup is hiding from angry investors in a Brooklyn “safe house,” a new lawsuit charges.
Lucy Lyle, the founder of the “design-focused office product company” Perch, was tracked to her hideout in Clinton Hill by a private investigator, according to the suit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court by Russell Shepard, the manager of Angel Park Investors.
The company says Lyle, 30, owes more than $350,000.
“Lyle appears to have vanished with the Plaintiffs’ investments, shuttering the doors of Perch. Lyle is now living in a safe house in Brooklyn, NY in an attempt to avoid the repercussions of the apparent theft of Plaintiffs’ investment funds,” the suit reads.
Lyle’s startup was covered by Business Insider and Forbes.
“Despite Lyle’s lack of experience, she used this press coverage to garner interest in the company and entice investors,” the suit says.
The company sought to make workspaces more appealing.
“We’re here to do something revolutionary — help you get excited about sitting down at your desk,” its website reads.
Lyle previously worked in marketing strategy at Google.
“I just got tired of being subjected to bad workspace products,” she told Business Insider in 2016. “Though the common areas at Google are more creatively designed, there was a lot of fluorescent lighting and white desks where we were spending most of our working time.”
Culled from NY Daily News