Drugs, orgies and strippers: Inside the scandalous world of Silicon Valley's supergeeks
Dozens of women laid bare the industry's casual sexism and shed light on the way women are mistreated and belittled in the technology industry
An unnamed woman spoke up about the "abuse of power" that takes place in the technology industry of Silicon Valley. In conversation with author Emily Chang, the woman, who worked in tech, recalled her experiences at a party she once attended, hosted by a prominent venture capitalist at his beachside home outside San Francisco.
The party was also attended by Tesla and SpaceX Elon Musk and Google co-founder Sergey Brin. Musk later said that the party was "boring and corporate, with zero sex or nudity anywhere," the Daily Mail revealed. However, the woman told Chang how she found herself with two couples on the living room floor, covered with white faux fur and pillows. Chang totably wrote a non-fiction book titled 'Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys' Club of Silicon Valley'. Published in 2018, the book investigates the rampant gender inequality and sexism in the technology industry of Silicon Valley. Chang reportedly conducted more than 200 interviews across the technology industry.
The woman, who was at the party, said how she saw people stroking each other. She was offered powdered ecstasy in a bag, a drug that apparently melts inhibitions between strangers. "They said it will just make you feel relaxed and you’re going to like being touched," she recalled. She said that a tech entrepreneur asked to kiss her, and his wife encouraged him. The man pursued her around the party as she fled.
Another guest at the party, Paul Biggar, claimed that the sex party had been "ay worse than it sounds". "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 added.
In an interview with technology magazine Wired, Elon Musk later said that nothing untoward had happened. "Emily Chang's article was salacious nonsense. She conflated what happens in SF sex clubs in the Tenderloin, which have been around long before Silicon Valley was anything, with boring VC parties on the Peninsula. That is misleading to the public and she should be ashamed. If there are 'sex parties' in Silicon Valley, I haven't seen or heard of one. If you want wild parties, you're in the wrong place. Obviously. That DFJ party was boring and corporate, with zero sex or nudity anywhere. Nerds on a couch are not a 'cuddle puddle.' I was hounded all night by DFJ-funded entrepreneurs, so went to sleep around 1am. Nothing remotely worth writing about happened. The most fun thing was Steve lighting a model rocket around midnight," he said.
"They think they are above the law because they think they are changing the world," Emily Chang said of tech billionaires. In her book, she described parties were men are allowed to bring as many women as they want, provided they are not accompanied by any other male. Drugs are brought as soon as dinner is over. The pills often have the logo of big tech companies. People break away into couples, threesomes, or larger groups -- some of them retreating to their rooms, others not bothering to. "Night turns to day, the group reconvenes for breakfast, after which some may have intercourse again," Chang said. "Eat, drugs, sex, repeat."
Amy Andersen, who runs a company that finds female partners for rich Silicon Valley executives, told The Times, "They’ll have a 6pm date, then a 9pm, and then a nightcap date; three in one evening." She said sometimes they would even date three women at the same time. "Many of the A-listers in Silicon Valley have something unique in common: a lonely adolescence devoid of contact with the opposite sex," Chang wrote.
According to an named Silicon Valley executive, his peers, all of them extremely rich and known for that, "couldn’t get a girl in high school." They believe they can behave just as they want to with women. Insiders said some some of these rich tech barons often draw their phones out to flaunt the "trophy gallery" of their sexual conquests. "They talk about diversity on one side of their mouth, but on the other side they say all of this s***," an unnamed industry investor said.
A 2020 memoir by former Silicon Valley worker Anna Wiener had mentioned how a colleagur had a smartwatch app that was n animated GIF of a woman’s breasts "bouncing in perpetuity". Another colleague apparently kept a list of "the most bangable women in the office." The dozens of women interviewed by Chang laid bare the industry's casual sexism and shed light on the way women are mistreated and belittled.