One of the supposedly wild Silicon Valley parties mentioned in an excerpt for an upcoming book called “Brotopia” was hosted by famous VC Steve Jurvetson, according to more text from the book, which is set for publication next month.
Also, Elon Musk was at the party, and denies there was sex involved.
Jurvetson, who left Draper Fisher Jurvetson late last year amid allegations of misconduct, hosted an afterparty for a DFJ conference at his home in Half Moon Bay, according to Axios, which cites text from the book by Bloomberg TV journalist Emily Chang.
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Earlier this month, an excerpt from the book talked of tech parties where sex, drugs and alcohol were present. Chang pointed out that these parties cut both ways for women in Silicon Valley: If they don’t attend, they could be left out of opportunities and decision-making, and if they do attend, they could be seen as sex objects and not taken seriously at work.
The Axios report comes after a Medium post Wednesday by tech entrepreneur Paul Biggar referred to one of the parties as “a top-tier VC firm’s official party.”
Biggar said he was there and could confirm some details from the book excerpt. He also said it was “the official afterparty of their big annual summit,” and “at a general partner’s house.”
He also said he didn’t actually see any sex or drugs, but that he did see a “setup for the cuddle puddle,” which apparently is where people lie down and stroke one another.
“We were warned before going not to be freaked out about the stuff there, no photos were allowed(!), and definitely don’t tell anyone what we saw,” he wrote. “I didn’t exactly know it was a sex party, and I got bored at some point and went home.”
He added: “Now while I have no interest in having group sex with rich and powerful people, I was certainly interested in seeing what the [expletive] this party was.”
Among those present at the party, he said, was Tesla and SpaceX CEO Musk.
But Musk told Wired that “Emily Chang’s article was salacious nonsense,” and added that the “DFJ party was boring and corporate, with zero sex or nudity anywhere. Nerds on a couch are not a ‘cuddle puddle.’ ”
In response to our request for comment, a Tesla spokesman said Thursday: “Elon was at the party for a couple hours and left around 1 a.m. after talking with several DFJ-funded entrepreneurs about technology and building companies. His impression was that it was a corporate party with a costume theme, not a ‘sex party,’ and there was no indication that it would become one after he left.”
Jurvetson — who’s a board member at Tesla — told this publication in November as he departed DFJ that he was leaving “to focus on personal matters, including taking legal action against those whose false statements have defamed me.”
DFJ has not returned our request for comment.
“Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley” is scheduled for public release on Feb. 6, as the tech world is just one of the industries being shaken up by myriad allegations of sexual harassment, assault and misconduct.
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