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Jun 8 2021 Vanity Fair runs a piece on Les Wexner’s relationship with Jeffrey Epstein. He was, for a long time, the only visible source of Epstein’s wealth and the source of his NY house.

June 1 2021 Guzel Ganieva sues Leon Black in NY State. “Guzel Ganieva, a former model [andRUssian immigrant] who went on to earn a business degree from Columbia and attended law school, claims that Black, former CEO of Apollo Global Management, was a “predator” who “forced sadistic sexual acts on her without her consent,” then demanded she sign a non-disclosure agreement, telling her he would “destroy her” if she ever told anyone about his conduct, according the suit.

May 27 2021. Bezos announces the specific date he’ll step down as Amazon’s CEO: July 5 2021.

May 16 2021 WSJ reports Bill Gates left the MSFT Board amid probe into prior relationship with staffer

May 16 2021 NYT reports on Bill Gates affair with employee, ongoing pursuit of women employees, decision to have his money manager settle his sexual harassment claim confidentially, Melinda’s decision to start working with a divorce lawyer when reporting in NYT appeared about Bill’s friendship with Epstein and regular attendance at dinners at Epstein’s home. “Gates and French Gates met at work. He was technically her boss. He ran Microsoft, and she began working there in 1987 as a product manager the year after she graduated from college.”

May 16 2021 Jeffrey Epstein gave Bill Gates Advice on How to End “Toxic Marriage”

May 12 2021 Judge sets Ghislaine Maxwell trial date for Nov 29 2021

May 7 2021
Jeff Bezos sells off 5B of Amazon stock, signals more coming
HT Ellen Pao “under a pre-arranged trading plan, according to U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filings. He plans to sell as many as 2 million shares, according to a separate filing.”
“Jeff Bezos sold $2.4 billion of Amazon.com stock, bringing the amount he’s unloaded this week to almost $5 billion

May 7 2021
DailyBeast runs Melinda warned Bill Gates about Jeffrey Epstein piece
details MSFT Epstein connections

May 4 2021
Bill and Melinda Gates announce divorce

Apr 23 2021
US Judge Presses for July Trial, as Ghislaine Maxwell Pleads Not Guilty to New Sex-Trafficking Charges

Apr 22 2021
Eric Schmidt appt Chair of Board of Broad Inst (Epstein meetee/Edge Biden appointee still in committee Eric Landers old org)

Apr 20 2021 Demolition begins on Jeffrey Epstein’s Palm Beach estate

April 2 2021 Developer of an app/business on the early Facebook platform Number Faraz posts publicly stating he witnessed child rape committed by an early FB corporate office and has spoken to the FBI about it.

Mar 26, 2021 Harvard announces it will close Epstein-funded PED run by Director Martin Nowak ““as soon as it is feasible.” Nowak loses some privileges for a couple of years but “will continue to teach undergraduate courses.”

Mar 26 2021
Leon Black steps down from MoMa Board

Mar 22 2021 Leon Black steps down from Apollo Board where he had been Chairman

Mar 18 2021
Les Wexner + Abigail Wexner step down from L Brands Board

Mar 11 2021 Jeffrey Epstein’s NY mansion sells for $51 million. Bought by former Goldman Sachs exec Michael Daffey. First reported by Business Insider.

Feb 4 2021
Genetic testing firm 23andMe is going public via a SPAC backed by Richard Branson

Feb 2 2021 Jeff Zucker steps down from CNN

Feb 2 2021 Jeff Bezos stepping down from Amazon. Will remain Executive Chair.

Jan 25 2021
Leon Black steps down as CEO of Apollo

Jan 25 2021 Media reports Leon Black paid Jeffrey Epstein $158 million between 2012-2017, Will remain Chairman of Apollo.

Jan 13 2021 Branson’s Necker Island re-opens to tourists.

Nov 9 2020 Former Google CEO, and Edge dinner attendee Eric Schmidt applies to become a citizen of Cyprus

Nov 4 2020
Jeff Bezos sells 10BN of Amazon stock

Oct 24 2020 Brock Pierce announces he is running for President “appearing on the ballot in Alaska and 15 other states.”

Oct 12 2020 The Billionaire Who Stood by Jeffrey Epstein details the closer than asserted relationship between Epstein and Leon Black. Payments from Black to Epstein surfaced in an internal Deutsche Bank report provided to regulators who fined DB. Among payments included were 22.5million to Plan D the company that owned Epstein’s jet (2017) and a $10 million donation to Epstein’s Gratitude America Foundation (2015).

Sep 25 2020 [Alphabet] Google‘s owner to pay $310 million to settle misconduct claims connected to Android creator [Andy Rubin]

Jul 2 2020
Ghislaine Maxwell is arrested in Bradford New Hampshire.

Jun 5 2020 Alexis Ohanian steps down from Reddit Board of Directors, asks for his seat to be filled by a Black person.

Jun 13 2020 Crisis Text CEO Nancy Lublin resigns from post and the Board after allegations of racism and a toxic work environment from her staff. Crisis text has funding from Melina Gates, Bill Gates, Pierre Omidyar, and Reid Hoffman. The company runs a text help line for mental health and has partnerships with major tech companies.

May 1 2020 Harvard releases a report on its relationship with Jeffrey Epstein. Coverage says: “Jeffrey Epstein visited Harvard University’s campus more than 40 times after his 2008 sex crimes conviction and was given his own office and unfettered access to a research center he helped establish.” Places Epstein fundee Martin Nowak, who ran the Epstein program titled P.E.D. Harvard Crimson reported: “Epstein likely made more than 40 visits to PED’s offices at One Brattle Square between 2010 and 2018″…and “played an “indirect but significant role” in facilitating a grant from the John Templeton Foundation to PED in 2015.”

According to a footnote in the report: “A number of the Harvard faculty members we interviewed also acknowledged that they visited Epstein at his homes in New York, Florida, New Mexico or the Virgin Islands, visited him in jail or on work release, or traveled on one of his planes,” the report noted in a footnote, according to CNBC.”

Apr 20 2020 Richard Branson Says He Needs A Government Loan To Keep Virgin Atlantic Afloat And Uses Private Island As Collateral

Mar 13 2020 Bill Gates steps down from Microsoft Board

Feb 20 2020
Les Wexner steps down as CEO from L Brands

Feb 5 2020
LinkedIn (now owned by MSFT) CEO Jeff Weiner steps down

Jan 27 2020 Federal prosecutors in NY and FBI ask to interview Prince Andrew as part of Epstein investigation

Jan 21 2020
Jeff Bezosphone hacked by MbS in story related to an affair he was having with Lauren Sanchez and “his security team [looking] to uncover how the CEO’s private texts were obtained by the supermarket tabloid, which was owned by American Media Inc (AMI). AMI owns the National Enquirer and is known for “catch and kill” related to Donald Trump.

Jan 10 2020 MIT releases a report on its relationship with Jeffrey Epstein. MIT puts mechanical engineering prof Seth Lloyd on paid leave. ““Professor Lloyd knew that donations from Epstein would be controversial and that MIT might reject them,” the report concluded. “We conclude that, in concert with Epstein, he purposefully decided not to alert the Institute to Epstein’s criminal record, choosing instead to allow mid-level administrators to process the donations without any formal discussion or diligence concerning Epstein.” Report states “In total, Epstein made 10 donations to MIT between 2002 and 2017 and visited the school nine times.”

“Epstein and Lloyd also had a personal relationship, and the professor attended a 2007 gathering on his private island, Little St. James. In November, Lloyd even began his quantum computing class with a “monologue” about his relationship with Epstein—prompting students to demand his resignation.”

“The report also cleared MIT’s president, L. Rafael Reif, of wrongdoing, saying that the president was unaware of donations by Epstein and that he “had no role” in garnering funds for the school’s prestigious Media Lab.”

Jan 10 2020 Alphabet legal chief David Drummond steps down “following accusations of inappropriate relationships with employees.”

Dec 24 2019 Travis Kalanick steps down from Uber’s Board. Has sold practically all shares.

Dec 4 2019
Sergei and Larry step down from Alphabet

Dec 13 2019 Harvard‘s George Church is developing a dating app to “reduce genetic disease” criticized as eugenics.

Dec 3 2019
Terrible Zuckerberg interview w Gayle King inside home

Nov 20 2019
Terrible Prince Andrew interview on Epstein

Oct 12 2019
Bill Gates met with Jeffrey Epstein Many Times Despite His Past

Oct 5 2019
Melinda Gates pledges 1 Billion to “promote gender equity”
(HT Sarah Szalavitz)

Sept 26 2019 Buzzfeed runs a piece on John Brockman‘s Edge and how it was funded by Epstein, its dinners attended by Epstein and possible co-conspirator Sarah Kellen and how few of the science or tech folks in Edge have left or said anything to condemn the Epstein connection

Sep 12 2019 Axios reports Reid Hoffman and Jeffrey Epstein received orbs fabricated by Neri Oxman at the MIT Media Lab, identical to the orbs MIT gave out as Disobediance Awards to social justice figures, a project funded by Reid Hoffman. Axios reports Hoffman blames his Epstein contact at this dinner on Joi Ito for vouching for Epstein.

Sep 12 2019 MIT President Rafael Reif puts out letter admitting he knew about Jeffrey Epstein’s donations to MIT

Sep 10 2019
Jack Ma steps down from Alibaba

Sep 8 2019
LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman defended a former MIT official who accepted donations from Jeffrey Epstein. Reif said he had signed a gift thank you letter for a donation for Seth Lloyd. ““Although I do not recall it, it does bear my signature.” Reif blames Joi Ito’s assessment of Epstein and says MIT will donate the money received from Epstein to a charity benefitting his survivors or other survivors of sexual abuse and rape.

Sept 7 2019
Joi Ito resigns from MIT Media Lab
(and following this NYT Board, Macarthur Board, Knight Foundation Board)

Sept 5 2019 [Nicholas Negroponte] at an all-hands MIT Media Lab meeting “said he had recommended that Ito take Epstein’s money. “If you wind back the clock,” he added, “I would still say, ‘Take it.’” And he repeated, more emphatically, “‘Take it.’” …”A woman in the front row began crying. Kate Darling, a research scientist at the MIT Media Lab, shouted, “Nicholas, shut up!” Negroponte responded that he would not shut up and that he had founded the Lab, to which Darling said, “We’ve been cleaning up your messes for the past eight years.” 

Sept 3 2019 News reports that Alphabet legal chief David Drummond marries employee

Sept 2 2019 New Yorker runs Ronan Farrow piece How An Elite University Research Center Concealed Its Relationship With Jeffrey Epstein about MIT and especially Joi Ito‘s role in this at the Media Lab. Also “Epstein was credited with securing at least $7.5 million in donations for the lab, including two million dollars from [Bill] Gates and $5.5 million from [Leon] Black, gifts the e-mails describe as “directed” by Epstein or made at his behest.”

Aug 26 2019
No one from current major investors in 23andme remain on the Board including Esther Dyson observes a puzzled healthcare tech consultant

Aug 21 2019 Ethan Zuckerman resigns from the MIT Media Lab over Ito and the Lab’s Epstein ties

Aug 19 2019 Reported that Bill Gates science advisor Boris Nikolic is an executor named in Jeffrey Epstein’s will.

Aug 13 2019 FBI seized computers in raid at Jeffrey Epstein’s Virgin Island home

Aug 10 2019 Sarah Szalavitz former MIT Media Lab Fellow to resigned Media Lab Dir Ethan Zuckerman: “it’d also be fantastic to see both institutions remedy a secondary impact of this situation. Because of Epstein’s largesse, even fewer women were included in for eg the original TED & Edge events..& fewer were mentored & hired by the men in this circle in academia. In other words, another generation of women now know why we—unlike our male contemporaries who were photographed at these gatherings & became incomprehensibly rich & successful—weren’t invited. Once again: it wasn’t because we aren’t smart enough”

Aug 10 2019 Epstein dies in prison

Jul 31 2019 In a letter to investors, Leon Black says he had a “limited relationship” With Jeffrey Epstein.

Jul 17 2019
Reported Mark Zuckerberg once met Jeffrey Epstein at a dinner hosted by LinkedIn cofounder Reid Hoffman that Elon Musk Peter Thiel and Joi Ito also attended

Jul 15 2019 Media reports Epstein funded John Brockman’s Edge Foundation, that Edge had scrubbed pages and details related to Epstein, that Sarah Kellen identified as a potential Epstein co-conspirator appears in photos of the Edge “billionaire” dinner with science and tech people during TED and that Epstein attended in person the 1999, 2000, and 2011 dinners and names some of the others there. You can find lists of the attendees via Edge’s site in the Wayback Machine.

Jul 13 2019 Jeffrey Epstein’s New Mexico ranch linked to investigation. “Records show Epstein purchased the ranch, valued by county officials at over $12 million, from the family of former Gov. Bruce King, who died 10 years ago.””Former Gov. Bill Richardson donated $50,000 in 2006 gubernatorial campaign contributions from Epstein to charity.”

Jul 12 2019 Media reports Epstein donated $250,000 to Prof Laurence Krauss’s Origins Project at ASU over seven years via his Enhanced Education Foundation. ASU said it “returned $25,000 that remained after the program was shut down in September 2018.” Buzzfeed reported Enhanced Education appears to have only filed once with the IRS in 2012.

Jul 12 2019 Media reports Epstein donation $50,000 to University of Arizona. The University states “”We have no plans to repay this contribution.””

Jul 11 2019 Harvard and MIT both decline to comment on donations Epstein made to both schools.

Jul 6 2019
Jeffrey Epstein is arrested

Jul 2 2019 Daily Beast runs This Former Google Executive [Andy Rubin] Was Accused Of Running A “Sex Ring”

Apr 30 2019
Eric Schmidt steps down from Alphabet Board

Mar 8 2019
Sam Altman steps down from Y Combinator
(to work on Musk, Hoffman, Thiel funded Open AI)

Feb 22 2019 Ev Williams announces he’ll step down from twitter board by end of February 2019.

Jan 9 2019
Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos announce divorce

Fall 2019 Ghislaine Maxwell attends Jeff Bezos‘ Campfire retreat with Scott Borgerson

Dec 19 2018
Ev sells half his twitter stock

Nov 2018 Miami Herald publishes Julie Brown’s Perversion of Justice piece about the light deal Acosta cut that helped Epstein in his 2008 conviction and the injustices and harms done to the survivors

Nov 1 2018 Google worldwide walkout to protest company’s sexual harassment problem and huge pay out to Andy Rubin and general harassment problem. “”I’m not at my desk right now because I’m walking out in solidarity with Googlers and other contractors to protest sexual harassment, misconduct, lack of transparency and a workplace culture that’s not working for everyone.”  ”

Nov 27 2018 MIT gives Disobedience award funded by Reid Hoffman to #metoo creator and activists.

Oct 25 2018 Alphabet reportedly paid Android leader [Andy Rubin] a $90 million exit package despite credible sexual misconduct claims against him

Oct 20 2018 Sundar Pichai sends memo to all Google employees saying “the company has fired 48 people over the last two years for sexual harassment, including 13 “senior managers and above,”

Oct 21 2018 Prof Lawrence Krauss agrees to retire from ASU after reporting about his history of sexually harassing women.

Mar 25 2018
MbS visits MIT + Media Lab

Feb 22 2018 Buzzfeed reports on Prof Lawrence Krauss’ sexual harassing behavior of women over many years and universities and events.

Nov 5 2017
Yuri Milner, Zuckerberg, Ev
Russia funded Facebook and Twitter investments through Kushner investor

Aug 2017 “publicist” Masha Drokova emails Science journalist Jeffrey Mervis “asking whether I wanted to interview her client, Jeffrey Epstein” about Trump’s proposed science budget cuts (HT Bryan Campen)

Jun 23 2017 Reid Hoffman posts asking for a DecencyPledge about the ongoing harassment and abuse of women in tech

June 21 2017 Travis Kalanick steps down as Uber’s CEO

May 11 2017 The Story of Masha Drokova, a Putin Acolyte Turned Silicon Valley Investor “Esther Dyson…has been a mentor to Ms Drokova and backed her visa. (HT Bryan Campen)

Apr 15 2017 Epstein meets at MIT with Joi Ito, Ed Boyden and Caleb Harper. p46 MIT report

2017 Jeffrey Epstein donates $50k to the University of Arizona Science of Consciousness Conference via his Gratitude America Foundation

July 2016 Reid Hoffman gives $250,000 to MIT Media Lab run by Joi Ito to create an award for “ethical disobedience.”

June 2 2016 Saudi Arabia’s MbS invests 3.5 BN in Uber. As of Nov11 2019 it increased ” The Saudi Public Investment Fund is also a big backer of Softbank’s massive Vision Fund (it has over $100 billion in assets), which has a 16% stake in Uber ownership….The investment was – and remains – the largest lump-sum investment from a foreign government in a U.S. startup.” As of 5/8/21 the company remains unprofitable.

Apr 1 2016 Epstein meets at MIT with Joi Ito, Joe Jacobson and Barnaby Marsh. p46 MIT report

Mar 7 2016 Epstein meets at MIT with Joi Ito and Kevin Esvelt. p46 MIT report

Feb 7 2016 Epstein meets at MIT with Joscha Bach and Seth Lloyd. p46 MIT report

Oct 24 2015 Epstein meets at MIT with Neri Oxman, Joi Ito, Danny Hillis and two unnamed MIT students. p46 MIT report

Aug 2015 Reid Hoffman hosts Joi Ito and Jeffrey Epstein at dinner in Silicon Valley and Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg and Peter Thiel attend.

Mar 18 2015 Brockman holds annual Edge Billionaire’s dinner. Attendees include Jesse Dylan, Larry Page, Yuri Milner, Wojcicki, Peter Gabriel, Salar Kamangar, MIT’s Rodney Brooks, Tim O’Reilly. Stewart Brand, Zack Bogue, Peter Diamandis, Marissa Mayer. Gallery here. Here’s how Brockman chose to frame these dinners “Edge is different from The Invisible College (1646), The Club (1764), The Cambridge Apostles (1820), The Bloomsbury Group (1905), or The Algonquin Roundtable (1919), but it offers the same quality of intellectual adventure.Perhaps the closest resemblance is to the early nineteenth century Lunar Society of Birmingham (1765), an informal dinner club and learned society of leading cultural figures of the new industrial age—James Watt, Joseph Priestly, Benjamin Franklin, and the two grandfathers of Charles Darwin, Erasmus Darwin and Josiah Wedgwood. The Society met each month near the full moon”

Nov 30 2014 Jeffrey Epstein met at Harvard, [his] calendar lists a dinner with multiple attendees: “Dinner w/ Jeff Epstein, Joi Ito, Reid Hoffman and Martin Nowak, 8pm, Martin Nowak’s institute, 1 Brattle Square, Suite 6, Cambridge, MA.” The address matches the address for the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics.

Oct 31 2014 Andy Rubin leaves Google

Sept 12 2014 Epstein has call with geneticist George Church and James Clement, longevity expert

June 21 2014 Epstein lunches with George Church at Harvard

Apr 22 2014 Epstein met with Church at the Harvard Medical School’s Genetics Department building

Apr 21 2014 Epstein meets at MIT with Joi Ito, Barnaby Marsh, and Kevin Slavin.p46 MIT report

Mar 24 2014 Facebook’s press release announcing it is acquiring Palmer Luckey’s Oculus for $2 Billion, ($400 million cash). Release does not include mention that Facebook investors and Board members Peter Thiel and Marc Andreesen are investors in Oculus, with Andreesen on the Board.

Mar 17 2014 Brockman hold’s annual Edge Billionaire dinner. Attendees include Paul Allen, Simonyi, Salar Kamangar, Bezos. Gallery here. Later reporting (Sept 2019) shows Epstein paid for Edge.

Jan 13 2014
Yandex adds FB posts and big data to its results in Russia
“Yandex, which accounts for around 60% of all searches in Russia, will also use Facebook firehose data to help provide more relevant results.”

Oct 29 2013 Eric Schmidt hosts Bill Richardson at Google talking about his book How to Sweet Talk A Shark

Oct 23 2013 Epstein meets at MIT with Joi Ito and Neil Gershenfeld. p46 MIT report

Sept 27 2013 Jack Ma joins Yuri Milner and Mark Zuckerberg, Priscilla Chan and Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki as a funder of the Life Sciences Breakthrough Prize.

Jul 29 2013 Epstein meets at MIT with Neil Gershenfeld, Reid Hoffman, and Megan Smith. p46 MIT report

June 28 2013 Epstein meets at MIT with Joi Ito, Neil Gershenfeld and Ed Boyden. p46 MIT report.

Feb 26 2013 John Brockman holds his annual Edge Billionaire’s dinner. Attendees include Yuri and Julia Milner, Danny Hillis, Jeff Skoll, Sergey Brin, Zack Bogue, Brin, Page, Wojcicki. Gallery here. Later reporting (Sept 2019) shows Epstein paid for Edge.

Feb 8 2013 Eric Schmidt cashing out 42 percent of his Google stock.

Jan 3 2013 Announced Eric Schmidt will visit North Korea with former Gov Bill Richardson

Dec 19 2012 23andme refers to George Church as part of its scientific advisory board.

Dec 11 2012
Yuri Milner invests in 23andme

Nov 19 2012 Pierre and Pam Omidyar create and fund anti-trafficking organization that rolls up existing anti-trafficking groups. “Former eBay colleague Jeff Skoll and Google cofounders Sergey Brin and Larry Page have both backed antislavery initiatives through their respective foundations after consulting with Humanity United”

Oct 1 2012
Mark Zuckerberg Visits Moscow, Meets With Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev

Feb 28 2012 John Brockman’s Edge Billionaire’s Dinner. Gallery and attendees including Tim O’Reilly, Bezos, Brin, Myhrvold, Dave Morin (listed as co-inventor Facebook Platform), Salar Kamangar CEO YouTube here. Later reporting (Sept 2019) shows Epstein paid for Edge.

Jul 28 2011. Google‘s Married Chairman [Eric Schmidt] Has a New Girlfriend — and Boy Is She His Type

July 5 2011
Yuri Milner invests in AirBNB

Spring 2011 MIT Media Lab Fellow Sarah Szalavitz : “I, too, told Joi—shortly after he joined the Lab—Epstein was a vile convicted pedophile—& wrote & shared a very detailed memo, while I was teaching there. (also tried & failed at Harvard)…IME powerful men (especially at the Lab) liked that I wasn’t afraid to disagree—or would tell them directly what was wrong. So that’s how I approached Joi. Then I spent years wondering why I’d been excluded, wondering if my AWESOME work wasn’t good enough”

Apr 26 2011 Joi Ito named head of MIT Media Lab

Jan 20 2011
Eric Schmidt steps down as Google CEO

Jan 3 2011 Brockman holds his annual Edge Billionaire’s dinner. Attendees include David Brooks, Sergey Brin, Anne Wojcicki, Peter Gabriel, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Zack Bogue. Gallery here. Later reporting (Sept 2019) shows Epstein paid for Edge.

Dec 2010 Epstein has a gathering to celebrate when he is released from fancy jail. Prince Andrew and tech/science literary agent and Edge organizer John Brockman attend. Prince Andrew discusses this in his 2019 BBC interview

Nov 16 2010 Yuri Milner makes a change in Silicon Valley. He doesn’t take seats on the Boards of companies in which he invests and “It’s pioneered a new kind of investment model in which it buys big stakes of companies that are said to be on the cusp of an IPO, leading to the adoption of the term “DST-style” investment in Valley jargon.”

Oct 29 2010
Yandex and Facebook strike a deal

Oct 4 2010 Ev Williams steps down as twitter CEO.

Feb 16 2010 Esther Dyson, Jack Dorsey, Shervin Pishevar and Ashton Kutcher are part of State Dept trip to Russia. Includes Medvedev and anti-trafficking meetings.

Feb 11 2010 Annual John Brockman Edge Billionaire’s dinner during TED in Long Beach. Attendees included Danny Hillis, Bill Gates, Arianna Huffington, Jeff Bezos, Stewart Brand, Sergey Brin, Anne and Susan Wojcicki. Gallery and list of attendees and press here. Later reporting (Sept 2019) shows Epstein paid for Edge

Jan 2010 Jeffrey Epstein hosts Mindshift conference his island. Isabel Maxwell‘s partner Al Seckel (whom pretended to have a PhD and also to be married to Isabel) co-hosted. Brock Pierce “creator of virtual currencies and goods” attended as did a number of scientists connected to Edge including Murray Gell-Mann. List.

2010 Epstein donates $25,000 to the Santa Fe Institute via his Epstein Interests Foundation.

April 17 2009 Ev appears on Oprah and Ashton Kutcher promotes twitter with follower competition with CNN. “Twitter is an Internet-based tool that allows individuals or organizations to send short messages to computer screens and mobile devices, alerting followers about anything from breaking news to the sender’s sometimes mundane activities.

Mar 31 2009
Anne Wojcicki‘s 23andMe holds fashion week party with Ivanka Trump promoting company
NYT reports Wendy Deng and Harvey Weinstein as token investors

Feb 5 2009 Annual Edge Billionaire’s dinner during TED at L’Opera in Long Beach. Attendees included Bill Gates, Joi Ito. Gallery and list of attendees and press here. Later reporting (Sept 2019) shows Epstein paid for Edge

Jul 1 2008 Jeffrey Epstein goes to fancy jail as a sex offender.

Feb 27 2008 John Brockman’s Edge hold’s its annual Digerati dinner during TED. Attendees include Ev Williams, Mark Zuckerberg, Nassim Taleb, Jason Calcanis, Pierre Omidyar, Larry Page, Anne Wojcicki, Sergey Brin, Jeff Bezos, Linda Avey, Aubrey De Grey, Craig Venter, Matt Groening, Esther Dyson, Esther Wojcicki, Stan Wojcicki, Peter Diamandis. Photo gallery here.

Dec 7 2007 Larry Page marries Lucy Southworth on Branson’s Necker Island. Richard Branson was the best man. “Lucy Southworth, 27, is currently studying biomedical informatics at Stanford and holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and Oxford, according to the New York Post, which also reports that the svelte blonde did medical work in South Africa and “wants to better the world.”

Jul 25 2007 Esther Dyson, then an early investor and Board Member of 23andme writes a WSJ column: “I’m one of 10 members of Harvard geneticist George Church’s Personal Genome project…I believe that the broader spread of this kind of medical and personal information is inevitable”

May 24 2007 Google invests $3.9 million in 23andme. “some of that $3.9 million is going to pay back a $2.6 million loan that Brin made to 23andMe.”

May 16 2007
Brin and Wojcicki marry at David Copperfields island

Feb 27, 2006 Brockman’s Edge annual Billionaire Dinner. Photos and attendees.

2006 Epstein donates $250,000 to the Santa Fe Institute before 2007 begins. “Jenna Marshall, a spokesperson for the Santa Fe Institute, told BuzzFeed News by email that it received $250,000 from Epstein before 2007, before his crimes were known.”

2006 Epstein funds and hosts on his island a Lawrence Krauss-organized conference on gravity. Stephen Hawking attends.

April 12 2005 Esther Dyson meets with Jeffrey Epstein in Sarov, Russia. Photo from Dyson’s feed.

2005 At Harvard “professor Stephen M. Kosslyn, now emeritus, named Epstein a visiting fellow in the Psychology department, Bacow wrote in an email announcing the review last September. According to Friday’s report, Epstein — who did not hold an undergraduate degree — was not qualified for the research he applied to conduct, nor did he conduct much of that research during his two-year appointment.”

Feb 22 2005 Edge holds its annual Billionaire’s Dinner. Attendees include Craig Venter, Sergey Brin, Larry Page. Later reporting (Sept 2019) shows Epstein paid for Edge. This one is later credited by 23andme co-founder Anne Wojcickii n WIRED as the germination of the company.  “In February 2005, Anne Wojcicki sat down at the so-called Billionaires’ Dinner, an annual event held in Monterey, California, and asked her tablemates about their urine. She was curious whether, after eating asparagus, they could smell it when they urinated. Among those at her table were geneticist Craig Venter; Ryan Phelan, the CEO of DNA Direct, a San Francisco genetic-testing company; and Wojcicki’s then-boyfriend (and now husband), Sergey Brin, cofounder of Google. Most could pick up the smell of methyl mercaptan, a sulfur compound released as our guts digest the vegetable. But some had no idea what Wojcicki was talking about. They had, it seems, a genetic variation that made the particular smell imperceptible to them.” Co-founder Linda Avey tells a bit of a different founding story on Quora in which she starts the early idea in 2003 and also names Paul Cusenza as her original co-founder and Anne committing to join at TED. Then Avey quits her job the next month.

Feb 26 2004 Edge holds its annual Billionaire’s Dinner at the Indian summer restaurant in Monterey during TED. Attendees include: Pierre and Pam Omidyar, Jeffrey Epstein, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Jeff Bezos, Seth Lloyd. Full list including press here. Later reporting (Sept 2019) shows Epstein paid for Edge.

Feb 27 2003 Edge holds its annual Billionaire’s Dinner” during TED and posts a photo of Eric Schmidt with Epstein alleged co-conspirator Kelly Bovino “who is listed in Epstein’s Little Black Book and identified by Virginia Roberts Giuffre, a survivor of Epstein’s sex-trafficking ring, as an employee and alleged procurer for Epstein.” and also Sarah Kellen (another alleged Epstein recruiter) with Max Brockman. Other attendees include: Steven Pinker, Larry Page, Freeman Dyson, Marvin Minsky, Sergey Brin, Jeff and Mackenzie Bezos and host John Brockman. Later reporting (Sept 2019) shows Epstein paid for Edge.

Feb 21 2002 John Brockman’s Edge hosts it’s annual Billionaire dinner at Cibo’s in Monterey. Attendees include: Sarah Kellen, Dean Kamen, Nathan Myhrvold, Kelly Bovino, Jeff Bezos, Nicholas Negroponte, Linda Stone, John Brockman. List of attendees and press here. Later reporting (Sept 2019) shows Epstein paid for Edge.

2002 Jeffrey Epstein donates $100,000 to Marvin Minsky at MIT.

Feb 22 2001 Edge holds its annual Digerati Dinner (which eventually is re-named the Billionaire Dinner) during TED. Attendees can be seen here and include Martha Stewart, Charles Simonyi, Steve Jurvetson, Andrew Anker, Sean Parker, Jeffrey Epstein, Esther Dyson, Marvin Minsky Jeff Bezos, host John Brockman, John Heilmann, Michael Wolff and many other members of the press. Later reporting (Sept 2019) shows Epstein paid for Edge.

Feb 24 2000 John Brockman’s Edge’s annual Digerati Dinner at Cibo in Monterey. Attendees included Jeffrey Epstein, Nathan Myhrvold, Nicholas Negroponte founder of the MIT Media Lab, Patti Maes MIT Media Lab, Linda Stone, Michael Milken. All attendees and press pictured and listed here. Later reporting (Sept 2019) shows Epstein paid for Edge.

Nov 1 1999 Brock Pierce, then 18 and VP of DEN resigns along with he EVP and Chairman. The DEN made streaming shows with child actors. Fast Company reported: “Eventually, a number of these acolytes would file lawsuits alleging they were raped and/or sexually abused at M&C; by the three cofounders. Their charges are remarkably consistent—all claim they were bullied and drugged to coerce sexual compliance, and in some cases, threatened with loaded guns. When the plaintiffs filed civil suits against Collins-Rector, Shackley, and Pierce, the three suddenly disappeared with what remained of their fortune—turning up two years later living in a villa in Spain. They were arrested by local authorities, who uncovered “an enormous collection of child porn,” according to Spanish police report.”

Feb 18 1999 Edge hold’s its annual TED-time Digerati Dinner at Cibo in Monterey. Attendees and press including Nathan Myhrvold, Jeff and Mackenzie Bezos, Joi Ito and Linda Stone pictured and listed here. Later reporting (Sept 2019) shows Epstein paid for Edge.

April 1998 Esther Dyson with Nathan Myhrvold on Microsoft trip to Russia.

Feb 23 1998 Edge hold’s its Digerati Dinner during TED. “about 30 movers and shakers took their seats at the three banquet tables and talked tech” Attendees include Nathan Myhrvold.

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Happy Pride! I’ve got a few words for everyone who is excited about Facebook putting out a new rainbow flag icon during LGBT Pride month this June. Facebook sponsored the RNC after many many anti-queer stances by the GOP. A major Facebook shareholder has been a core part of Il Dupe’s campaign. Facebook sent its COO to help give Il Dupe a photo of business support when his new election was in doubt. Facebook also took a long time to address the real names policy which posed a true threat to many queer folks. Thanks to Roma Roma and more who advocated on this issue. Enjoy Pride but know that real LGBTIQQ2S leadership comes from lives lived, real risk and real backbone. Here’s to the drag queens and the civil rights activists and to every queer who came before me. Thank you. Here’s to every kid and every grown up coming out to themselves. Welcome! I care. Here’s to every small town queer, every swishy boy in the south, every person getting policed by someone else’s discomfort around gender.
 
If you’re not queer and you really want to be supportive, rather than focusing your energy on displaying something about you…ask queer folks you know about their lives, about the parts you don’t get to see, that people don’t always post about. Be an interested person and a willing listener to folks who have often been through a great deal. Among many other stories, there are people who have been through a plague and were never really heard by the straight part of the country. Signal boost their feeds this month. Realize that queer people you know are always reading your posts, all year long. Take some time and learn about the gay pogroms happening in Chechnya and the serious obstacles still here in the US for many queer folks legal and otherwise.
 
Queer folks often have to deal with their biggest challenges in the families they grow up in. This can mean anything from difficulty to outright abuse and losing a home and these things can begin as early as 3.
 
Now that Pride is a more popular and commercially acceptable thing to decorate for, I ask you to consider using Facebook for something that truly can matter and make a difference. And that will come from you, your witnessing, your time attention and caring, not from any symbol. Showing one queer person you care and are interested in really hearing what something was like to live through and deal with can make a meaningful difference. Queer lives are often code switched.
 
So this is my Pride wish: that every person on Facebook who isn’t queer and wants to use that flag emoticon thing also is willing to spend the time online to ask, listen to and acknowledge one queer person once this month.
 
Thanks for your time.

On Wonder Woman

My first play at around 10: Sheep in the Stomach.

I am not into super heroes. I never identified with Wonder Woman. I wanted to be part of the first weekend grosses for Patty Jenkins.

I still sobbed in the middle of the movie tonight because for a moment I could see what it would have been like at 10 to see a woman be this strong and unafraid. And I could imagine, in a flash, what kind of impact that would have had on my life and the lives of my peers for the years we’ve had. And I could see what it’ll mean for the 10 year old girls now. And I wished it had come out a year ago because I seriously think it would have helped HRCs campaign because it will impact the culture in a broad way about strong women and strength and love and doing what’s right. I was also thrilled that Patty Jenkins got this gig and did such a fantastic job. This is not a genre of film I particularly like (though I even imagined tonight how much fun it would be to act in a film like this which I’d never considered before because I hadn’t seen my own athleticism and strength as skills for film). But I really enjoyed this movie. I would have been happy if the movie never left the island with the Amazons (no surprise there). Maybe It’s a genre I *could* love. One I could make.

Here’s to a future of unapologetic women taking power and directing whatever the hell we want.

She Sets the Gold Standard for Comedy in the Bay Area

 

This lovely piece on me just ran in the J Weekly.

And it ran without a request to tell me “just one thing!! that familiar bit of Jewish criticism a/k/a love from one bubbeleh comes after so many shows. California changes my people.

The next Yarn is coming up on the 7th in Oakland. Hope to see you there. You’ll find tickets here.

 

Understanding Trump and the US via trauma. Hope for a better way.

Lesbians lead.

I started signing off of twitter and facebook in 2007 with “Night good people.” I believe I was the first to do a regular nightly sign off. I wanted to treat it as a time *with* others and to be as human and connecting as possible. I didn’t want to treat my presence in these places with other people like I was broadcasting to nameless “audience” who matter less than I do.

https://twitter.com/heathr/status/834138840436662272

Uber, Susan Fowler and Patriarchy in Silicon Valley and Beyond

Russia stands up for punching women. What follows America?

Russia has just decriminalized domestic violence.

Women are harmed at an alarming rate from domestic violence here in the US too. And the Senate just voted to make sure contraception is not covered. Misogyny has long been apart of our culture. This is a moment in which patriarchy has put all its chips on red.

It is time for us to refuse. This means men too have to really get in your guts, what it means to have self-agency and control over your body handed over whether its forced pregnancy, the very common experience of rape and sexual assault and the de facto cultural and legal reality that there’s not a whole lot you can do about it without more pain and even with the pain there are almost never collective social and legal consequences for rape for the rapist other than affirmation of so-called “masculinity,” the dismissal and marginalization of womens experience (or these would be stories and experiences you’d be hearing about all the damn time in media), any random guy walking toward down the airplane aisle feeling like its no big deal to put his hands on your waist to move you aside.

This means marching and calling and insisting. This means making consent a reality and the norm. This means talking to your sons and students about what consent is. This means social norms and pressures that support girls and womens’ agency.

Sadly it is things getting much worse and emboldened that make people more aware of what has always been there. A good chunk of the country had to knowingly vote (though I am not persuaded it was just votes that put Il Dupe in position we need an open investigation) for someone who brags about sexually assaulting women. Sexual assault was voted for. We will see more like this as in Russia if we do not say and embody “no.”

As with all things, if you don’t get the lesson, it gets harder.

And for those doubling down on misogyny in the new regime and the emboldened culture of dominanace sold, like crack or a bottle, like it’s gonna make everything ok, they will continue to find there will never be enough to make them feel ok. Their desperation will only increase.

There’s no way out of this without learning to feel, without growing up.

What If Tech Hadn’t Been Willing to Meet Il Dupe

I don’t see how Il Dupe controls the population inexpensively without the companies that decided to kiss his ring the other day.

Why presume Cheeto tuchus now somehow means he won’t hurt your company? Perhaps they should send their cross-platform invite to Chris Christie while they’re at it.

Why presume the value of the market and currency will somehow be supported by his regime taking over (though Russian interference and electors haven’t met why presume for sure he’ll take over? Why not support public inquiry into Russian hacking? Technical stuff too complicated for tech CEOs? They gave him an implied endorsement via this appearance timed when it was.

Dave Pell recently outlined the shareholder pain but not the moral quandry or benefit (or political benefit) of taking a stand.

Putin got a whole lot of bang for his hacking buck. If they collectively decided to not go, who do you think the market would choose?

My instinct at this point is that you disarm manipulation best with what is inalienable. It is what can’t be bought and sold.

None of these CEOs and COOs who took off all their fleece vests and travelled to a sudden demand meeting with Thiel’s latest angel investment has been willing yet to make the public stand others who work in the industry and sometimes for them have. You can too

The Unfacted: Lessons Learned Coming Out.

I wrote a little something on twitter about lessons learned coming out and living in a “make up your own facts” world.

The Donald Trump v Hillary Clinton election has given us a moment in which the threads of what the country appear to all agree upon are unravelling.

Donald Trump’s Thanksgiving Day Parade float level of narcissism seems to have given us a new level of ignoring or making up facts in politics and government.

Is it?

So many on the left are convinced of the need to only persuade with argument and the apparent hopelessness of this for our collective future safety when we cannot agree on basic things.

It’s not new that people in the US won’t accept facts. Here’s one example and some things I learned from it.

 



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