SILICON VALLEY August 2, 2022
In San Francisco, speculation that Nancy Pelosi will soon depart Congress has given way to excitement and apprehension surrounding a potential last hurrah fundraising bacchanalia in Napa. Plus, news on the rise of a little-known G.O.P. shadow project aligned with Peter Thiel.
Sergey Brin
SILICON VALLEY July 27, 2022
The Journal’s decision to report that Elon Musk had a sexual "liaison" with Sergey Brin’s estranged wife—an affair that the parties now directly involved kinda-sorta deny—is being scrutinized in media circles with almost talmudic intensity. Is the reporting legit? And will Shanahan sue?
Peter Thiel
SILICON VALLEY July 26, 2022
As the midterms roil, it’s increasingly clear that Washington creatures are more than ever operating at the behest of Silicon Valley’s political class: Thiel and Conway, of course, but also S.B.F., Jan Koum, Ryan Salame, and a new crop of other budding mega-donors and mega-influencers.
Ron DeSantis
SILICON VALLEY July 19, 2022
Ron (and Casey) DeSantis have been spending some time with the Thiels and Musks of the world as the tech industry rallies around a potential new 2024 favorite.
The Buffetts
SILICON VALLEY July 12, 2022
A Thielian plan to circumvent Dobbs belies an uncomfortable reality for even the most progressive mega-donors. Plus news and notes on Buffett’s estate planning, Thiel’s fundraising machine, and Biden’s ambassador bingo.
Nicole Shanahan
Notes on the crypto king’s web3 bailout and Semafor media ambitions. Plus my conversation with Nicole Shanahan, who could be the next MacKenzie Scott.
MacKenzie Scott
SILICON VALLEY June 28, 2022
The inside conversation about Elon’s beef with MacKenzie, S.B.F.’s investment in Semafor, and the true story behind Eric Schmidt and Peter Thiel’s military-industrial collaboration.
Peter Thiel
SILICON VALLEY June 21, 2022
A thirty-year political debate is unfurling in Ohio as two Silicon Valley billionaires, and longtime friends, trade fire in a proxy battle that will shape the next era of big-money politics.
Sam Bankman-Fried
SILICON VALLEY June 14, 2022
Like previous mega-successful billionaires, the 30-year-old metal-haired crypto king is becoming media-curious. Plus new reporting from inside the Web3-political-fundraising industrial complex and some Harris-Biden fundraising dish.
Sheryl Sandberg
Recent notes and observations from the increasingly competitive intersection of wealth, philanthropy, and political ambition.
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