How The New Mafia Took Over Washington DC: The Tech Mobsters

How The New Mafia Took Over Washington DC: The Tech Mobsters
By Arnold Aster and Amy Westin
They are not old Sicilians. The don’t play Bocce Ball. They don’t drive big Chryslers and they don’t hang out in the back of butcher shops. Meet the high technology mobsters of the ivy league frat houses.
Skull and Bones Club (1) turns out to be a real thing. The Silicon Valley Cartel (2) turns out to be a real thing. The clans have divided up America, not in regions, like Francis Ford Coppola’s Godfather, (3) but in market segments. Movies, music, mining, wireless, TV, automotive, and energy storage have replaced hookers, booze, garbage routes, construction and gambling. Al Capone would be very impressed with the transition.
The “Family” is operated under a group known as The National Venture Capitol Association (4), AKA the NVCA, AKA “The Club”. It is almost all white males from Stanford, Yale and the big “Ivy League” colleges that a group of 1200, or so, elite families have sent their men-folk to for generations. (5) In these college training camps, the men are taught snobbishness, misogyny, selective racism and closed-group quid-pro-quo: the pillars of the trade. Women are only accepted as an accessory. (6) They are there to provide sex and babies until the first wrinkles or belly fat appears. They are then kicked to the curb and replaced by a yoga “instructor” or Asian “PR Director” who is half their age. (7)
No longer Sicilian, they are mostly Jewish. (8) Bocce Ball has given way to beer pong. The Chrysler’s are now Tesla’s: the international flag of douche-baggery (9) (10). They hang out in sports bars and not in butcher shops. They wear khaki instead of pin stripes.
Not all of the old tricks of the trade are gone. They still murder people (11). They have doubled the amount of bribes they pay to politicians. Hookers have been replaced by entire sex islands and multi-story penthouses full of hookers. Tax evasion (12) has been tuned to a fine art and they are all still all arrogant white male pricks.
They have impregnated The White House, The SEC, The FTC, The FCC, The State Department, The U.S. Patent Office and hold total control over at least 38 U.S. Senators. (13) (13A) (14) (15) (16) (17) (18) (19)
The regulators and law enforcement agencies that are supposed to arrest “these people” have “these people” running some of their agencies. The agencies who don’t have the mobsters running their agencies are under White House orders to not arrest “these people” because many White House staff ARE THESE PEOPLE.
Somewhere, there must be one or two law enforcement people who feel that they need to do their actual jobs. One things is for sure, 300 million American voters are demanding that the law bring these people (4) down.
At this point the crimes against the public are so (20) overt, audacious and so obvious that a child can see it.
The public is demanding action, right now!
Details and Evidence:
1. The Order of the Skull and Bones: Everything you always wanted to know, but were afraid to ask
by Kris Millegan –
2. The Cartels of Silicon Valley By Dean Baker –
3. The Godfather by Wikipedia –
4. The AFI Investigation by AFI –
5. How the rich rig the system By Micheal Lind –
6. What Silicon Valley Thinks of Women By Nina Burleigh
7. Hollywood Moguls’ Arm Candy Du Jour: Goodbye Asians, Hello Yoga Instructors By Merle Ginsberg –
8. A Portrait of Corruption By AFI –
9. Goldman’s tangled relationship with Tesla draws fire by By Claudia Assis and Ciara Linnane –
10. Tesla Motors: An Organized Crime Operation By Plaintiffs Group –
11. Gary D. Conley Memoriam By Family Members –
12. Does Disturbing Silicon Valley Lawsuit Reveal a Tax Fraud? By Dan Primack
13. Google’s Remarkably Close Relationship With the White House
Obama White House, in Two Charts
By David Dayen
14. A chart of lobbyists’ White House visits reveals its close ties with Google By Dawn Chmielewski
15. Visitor logs show Google’s unrivaled White House access By Johnny Kampis
16. The Silicon Coup By Collaborative Wiki –
17. Report finds hundreds of meetings between White House and Google By The Hill –
18. REVEALED: Google staffers have had at least 427 meetings at the White House over course of Obama presidency – averaging more than one a week By Daily Mail –
19. The revolving door between Google and the White House continues to spin By James Vincent
20. Angelgate is a controversy[1] surrounding allegations of price fixing and collusion among a group of ten angel investors in the San Francisco Bay Area.[2]

The issue

The scandal began in September 2010 after Michael Arrington, editor of the TechCrunch publication, wrote in his blog that he had been turned away from a secret meeting among so-called “super angels” he knew,[3] held at Bin38, a wine bar in San Francisco’s Marina District.[4] The participants at the meeting, among other things, discussed how they could compete with other angels, venture capitalists, and the Y Combinator business incubator for the limited pool of worthy investment opportunities.[5] Arrington said that after the meeting, he had been informed by two of the attendees that the investors had discussed how to fix low valuations for new start-up companies, and how to keep better-funded venture capitalists from investing.[6]
The blog became the subject of discussion among the Silicon Valley start-up community over the next several days.[7][8] Investor Ron Conway, whose business partner attended the meeting, wrote an email highly critical of the angels involved and called the event “despicable and embarrassing”.[9] Dave McClure, a well-known angel present at the event,[7] wrote in a blog that Arrington’s account was inaccurate, and a tweet (later deleted) complaining about Conway.[10] Chris Sacca wrote a lengthy email that defended the participants and was critical of Conway, which was also leaked to TechCrunch.[11]

Aftermath and critique

Reports arose that the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation began reviewing the incident.[12]
There was skepticism that there was actually any collusion or that price fixing could succeed if it was attempted.[1][13][14] The event also gave rise to various online cultural phenomena. Among other things there was a flash mob at the wine bar, a Hitler Downfall parody, a spike in the establishment’s Google rank, a number of Twitter jokes[4] (compiled on question-and-answer site Quora), and so-called “fakeplans” for super-angel meetups on the site[7] On Monday, September 27, 2010, Ron Conway, Dave McClure, Chris Sacca, and others appeared at a panel discussion hosted by Arrington at his “TechCrunch Disrupt” conference in San Francisco[15][16] where, despite Arrington’s prodding, they avoided a “Jerry Springer moment”.[17]


  1. ^ a b Alexei Oreskovic (September 22, 2010). “Investor conspiracy theory grips Silicon Valley”. Reuters.

  2. ^ Mangalindan, JP (September 29, 2010). “Angel collusion: It’s not necessarily a bad thing”. Fortune Magazine.

  3. ^ Russell Garland (September 24, 2010). “The Daily Start-Up: “AngelGate” Escalates”. Wall Street Journal.

  4. ^ a b Paolo Lucchesi (September 24, 2010). “AngelGate meeting scandal gives Bin 38 lots of free publicity, punchlines, and a Hitler parody.”. San Francisco Chronicle.

  5. ^ Neyfakh, Leon (September 28, 2010). “Paul Graham of Y Combinator Pulls Back the Curtain on What Goes On At His Start-Up Factory”. New York Observer.

  6. ^ Jameson Berkow (September 23, 2010). “The secret rulers of Silicon Valley”. National Post.

  7. ^ a b c Maggie Shiels (September 23, 2010). “‘Angelgate’: A tech conspiracy?”. BBC.

  8. ^ “After Quiet Dinner, Angels Get Indigestion”. New York Times. September 22, 2010.

  9. ^ Patrick Hoge (September 23, 2010). “Ron Conway slams ‘super angels’ hard”. San Francisco Business Times.

  10. ^ Ryan Singel (September 24, 2010). “Showdown! Angels, Arrington to Go Mano a Mano”. Wired Magazine.

  11. ^ Michael Arrington (September 26, 2010). “AngelGate: Chris Sacca Responds To Ron Conway”. TechCrunch. Retrieved 5 June 2013.

  12. ^ Patrick Hoge (September 23, 2010). “FBI reportedly looking into Angelgate”. San Francisco Business Times.

  13. ^ Dan Primack (September 22, 2010). “Super-angels have dinner, all hell breaks loose”. Fortune Magazine.

  14. ^ Alex Salkever (September 24, 2010). “AngelGate or Not, Controlling the Market in Hot Startups Is Impossible”. Daily Finance.

  15. ^ Nitasha Tiku (September 27, 2010). “How Michael Arrington’s School of Friendship Journalism Led to ‘AngelGate’”. New York Magazine.

  16. ^ Tomio Geron (September 27, 2010). “‘AngelGate’ Players Come Face To Face, But Fireworks Are Few”. Wall Street Journal.

  17. ^ Jessica Guynn (September 27, 2010). “‘AngelGate’ disrupts TechCrunch conference but no ‘Jerry Springer’ moment”. Los Angeles Times.