Earlier this month, a Vanity Fair report revealed sordid tales of Silicon Valley sex parties. But the tales, while full of unsavory and salacious details, did not include any names, raising questions in some minds about their truthfulness.
Two people familiar with one of the parties—including one who attended—tell WIRED it was hosted by venture capitalist Steve Jurvetson, cofounder of the firm DFJ. The attendees say the party was thrown in connection with an annual DFJ conference called the Big Think.
The people familiar with the party say there was no explicit mention of sex or drugs in the invitation or other messaging about the party. But those people say those elements were clear from the setup of the party, which included a “cuddle puddle” area covered in large fur pillows with special lighting behind the bar. Some attendees took an enhanced version of MDMA called “Tesla,” which supposedly has positive performance characteristics comparable to the electric car. According to Vanity Fair, the event had a “party on the edge of the earth” theme and encouraged “glamazon adventurer, safari chic and jungle tribal attire.”
In a statement, DFJ said, “We were dismayed to learn of behavior at the party that was completely at odds with DFJ’s culture, which has been, and will continue to be, built on the values of respect and integrity. We would never want anyone to feel uncomfortable and we are sorry if that happened. The decisive action we’ve taken in recent months reflects our steadfast commitment to our values.”
In November, Jurvetson was pushed out of DFJ after an internal investigation found a pattern of dishonesty with women that affected his professional life, according to Recode.