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March 03, 2007

Is the media celebrating Silicon Valley VCs a bit too much?

This PEHub article on a man - "Anand Lyer Vaidyanathan" (persumably, Anand Iyer Vaidyanathan) - arrested for repeatedly tresspassing Seqouia Capital's Sand Hill Road office seems to indicate as much.
Sequoia posted a job opening for an early stage associate on its website at the end of November, one that Vaidyanathan decided to apply for on December 7. Sequoia’s private investigator responded to him via email, outlining in no uncertain terms that Vaidyanathan should not contact Sequoia. Vaidyanathan responded “I thank you for your offer. I appreciate your timely action. I accept your offer of employment,” court documents show.

On December 11, Vaidyanathan returned to Sequoia’s offices and was again arrested for trespassing, according to the PI’s testimony.

Vaidyanathan, formerly a student at Iowa State University, had sent Sequoia several hand-written letters offering the firm the opportunity to invest in two startups, A@stra Impact and Silicorn. He had also requested that the firm apply for an “investor’s green card” for him, the documents show.

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