Yes, I’m a whistleblower. Just over two weeks ago on the 28th September I wrote an “Open Letter To Netfleet” which outlined some serious allegations. The “comments section” is interesting to read because it contains responses from the new General Manager of Netfleet (Jonathan Gleeson).
To summarise briefly, I alleged that a Netfleet employed telemarketer had used supposedly private information relating to other customers bids to elicit a higher bid from an enduser.
After initial denials, they fessed up with a corporate statement on the 1st October (this had Melbourne IT written all over it imo).
And did I cop it from a certain person shortly thereafter! I received an abusive text from Mark Lye at 6.07am the morning after this statement had been posted on their blog. More on this shortly.
Quick Corporate Summary
For those not aware, Netfleet is now owned by NETALLIANCE PTY LIMITED ACN 134 314 373. This is effectively a joint venture between Melbourne IT (a publicly listed company who bought out NetRegistry); and Mark Lye. There are two Directors from Melbourne IT ( Peter Findlay and Bruce Tonkin); the other two Directors are Mark Lye and Michelle Lye.
Originally, Netfleet was founded by David and Mark Lye, and they used Publishing Australia Pty Ltd as the ownership vehicle. When NetRegistry bought 50% of Netfleet, David Lye “officially and technically” stepped away from being involved with Netfleet, though new General Manager Jonathan Gleeson says he consults to the board. His wife Michelle is a Director. Mark Lye is still a 1/3rd shareholder in Publishing Australia.
Transcript Of Text Messages
2/10/15 at 06:07 – Mark Lye to me:
“I hope you’re ready for the truth Ned. Thank you anyway for trying to fuck my family business. I am relentless . * you can’t quote me on that you piece of family digging shit. My family hurts not that you would ever care”
2/10/15 at 06:38 – me to Mark Lye:
“Excuse me Mark? I simply reported a clear breach of confidentiality from your telemarketer. That was not acceptable, and makes me wonder how long that has been going on?”
2/10/15 at 11:10 – Mark Lye to me:
“You have hurt me and my family Ned and I hope you realise that. You can hide hide behind your agenda but I want you to know that there’s my family your attacking not some conspiracy. I have never dragged out anything like that. It’s hurts Ned shroud it as you like there is nothing that warrants that”
(Spelling mistakes, grammar etc are exactly his)
2/10/15 at 11:15 – me to Mark Lye:
“How have I hurt your family Mark? I presume you read my email this morning? As I said on my blog the other day, I don’t intend pursuing the matter further unless something else rears its ugly head. All I did was expose something that shouldn’t have happened. Fix the problem and let’s move on”.
Those texts from Mark Lye are extremely unprofessional and totally unacceptable to me.
He is a Director of a company that is 50% owned by Melbourne IT (a publicly listed company). To send those texts the day after a formal expression of contrition has been made on their blog diminishes the value of what was said. Imho.
Would Peter Findlay and Bruce Tonkin send texts like that? I don’t think so. Do they condone what Mark Lye said? I hope to hear from them that they don’t.
Over the years, I believe many people have been threatened and intimidated by David and Mark Lye. Most commonly these have been threats of banning people from the Netfleet platform (if you question their modus operandi). I am one of those.
I have been told that David and Mark hold dirt on me, and if I ever cause trouble for them, they will use it. How pathetic is that?
They are both incredibly smart guys with what they created in Netfleet. But given that Netfleet is now owned 50% by a public company, you have to play by the rules. You cannot be both a poacher (domainer) and a gamekeeper (registrar).
I hope and believe that Jonathan Gleeson is the man to bring the necessary corporate governance to Netfleet. But whilst he is still effectively controlled by Mark and David Lye, that is never going to happen imho. Unless Melbourne IT steps in.
Melbourne IT – what say you?