Who is David Sacks, the moderator of Ron DeSantis’s Twitter Space announcement?
The investor was involved in Ron DeSantis’ botched presidential campaign launch on Twitter. Who is he and why was he with DeSantis and Musk.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis got his presidential campaign off to a rocky start with a glitchy performance on Twitter spaces.
It took a good 10 minutes before the talking actually started alongside the familiar name of Elon Musk on DeSantis’ shoulder, flanking like a nightclub bouncer ready to refuse you entry.
There was a less familiar name next to DeSantis’ other shoulder: David Sacks. The enterpeneur and investor is onboard with DeSantis’ campaign and is an enemy of Donald Trump; Sack donated tens of thousands of dollars to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.
Who is David Sacks?
David Sacks has been involved with several notable companies in the American technology industry, despite being born in South Africa like Musk.
Sacks was once the Chief Operating Officer of PayPal, working with Musk for the first time. He joined PayPal in its early stages and was instrumental in building PayPal’s business operations, being heavily involved in the company’s merger with eBay in 2002.
Sacks co-founded Yammer in 2008, a social networking platform designed specifically for use within organizations. Yammer gained popularity as an enterprise social network and was acquired by Microsoft in 2012 for $1.2 billion. While being phased out by 2023, Yammer has been integrated into other Microsoft products.
Apart from his entrepreneurial ventures, Sacks has invested in numerous technology startups such as Facebook.
Aside from investing, Sacks co-wrote the book The Diversity Myth: Multiculturalism and the Politics of Intolerance at Stanford. The book argued against ‘political correctness’ on university campuses. He was forced to apologise for sections of the book in 2016 where he called date rape, ‘belated regret’ and questioned, ‘Why is all blame placed on the man?’
“But since a multicultural rape charge may indicate nothing more than belated regret, a woman might ‘realize’ that she had been ‘raped’ the next day or even many days later,” he wrote. “Under these circumstances, it is unclear who should be held responsible. If the alcohol made both of them do it, then why should the woman’s consent be obviated any more than the man’s? Why is all blame placed on the man?”