Social-media star and tech investor David Dobrik has stepped down from the camera app company he co-founded, according to published reports, in the wake of assault allegations against one of his co-workers. The 24-year-old Dobrik is a popular YouTube personality known for prank videos, carried on with his cohorts, the Vlog Squad. Insider reported a Vlog Squad member had drugged and raped a woman in 2018, while Dobrik captured it on video.
Dispo is an app that mimics disposable cameras (hence the name) by making users wait to view their images while they develop. The app also has a social community aspect The startup raised $4 million in seed funding led by Alexis Ohanian’s Seven Seven Six fund in the fall, nearly a year after launching its original app, then called “David’s Disposable.”
“Dispo’s team, product and, most importantly — our community — stand for building a diverse, inclusive and empowering world,” the company said in a statement provided to The Information. The company also had a large investor, Spark Capital, sever all ties with the company via Tweet:
1/ In light of recent news about the Vlog Squad and David Dobrik, the cofounder of Dispo, we have made the decision to sever all ties with the company.
— Spark Capital (@sparkcapital) March 22, 2021
Spark Capital led the start-up’s $20 million Series A financing round in February.