The style of the interview was widely criticized for being shallow and flirtatious, and some people claim that this criticism was sexist.
- "I think there’s some degree of sexism," he said. "Because she’s a chick, her ingratiating nature is taken as ass-kissing. If it were some guy at Forbes asking the same questions in the same manner, we just would have thought he was drawing Mark out."
- "Was it sexism? As I noted, I saw as many women as men complaining. She did a few things that raised this spectre — a strange flirtatious style that a man could not use, and even the women commented on her choice of a short skirt with associated leg flashing while up on a raised stage. But SXSW has a very solid female population, far more than the typical computer conference, and would be less likely, in my opinion, to errupt in a populist sexist witch hunt than the the typical conference."