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Ballsy Tech Startup Founder Attempts To Entice Female Reporter With Gift Basket Full Of Sex

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What’s the best way to get attention from the ladies? By constantly flexing in a tight-fitting shirt that shows off all that hard work you do on chest and arms day? By nonchalantly emptying your checking account, flaunting hundred dollar bills at the bar and popping bottles like it ain’t no thang? By lifting a boom box over your head and playing Seal’s “Kiss from a Rose” below her bedroom window?

While those are all nearly foolproof strategies for catching the eye of a woman, they don’t hold a candle to what Blake Francis, founder of the tech startup “Need,” did to get the attention of one female tech reporter.

Francis had apparently been trying to reach the San Francisco Chronicle’s Kristen Brown for weeks, hoping she’d write a piece about his startup, which designed a question-and-answer app where users anonymously ask each other for advice on whatever-the-fuck. When Brown never got back to him, Francis rolled into the Chronicle with a pitch in mind and a wicker basket full of goodies.

Inside the basket was a bottle of tequila, raw oysters, a tube of KY Jelly, and a big ol’ vibrator.

Obviously, Brown was a bit confused by the signals and the meaning of the basket. This sounds more like a guy in his mid-40s giving his wife a Valentine’s Day gift basket to spice up their dying relationship and less like a young dude trying to get some valuable exposure for his new tech company. Rather than write about his company, Brown proceeded to write about how the whole gift basket incident went down.

Francis has since apologized and told Brown, “In retrospect, we did not use good judgment.”

Really, though, at the end of the day, Francis still managed to get what he wanted: exposure for his company. After all, any press is good press, right?

Also, if he was actually making a move on Brown, who can blame him? Look at that fiery red hair, those blue eyes that cut through to my very soul. She’s a total babe. Feel free to holler my way, Ms. Brown.

[via Business Insider]

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Dan Regester

Dan Regester @Dan_Regester is a Senior Writer, Podcast Host, and Video Guy for Grandex Media. He's Delco trash to the core and a UCF cinema studies graduate because he never got around to applying to an actual film school. Dan is a gambling man, crypto investor, and procrastinator. He enjoys long walks to the water fountain between bench press sets and is not a fan of the homeless, the elderly, or the Phoenix Airport. Email tips to

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