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Cuckoo's Nest sues ex-chief sales and marketing officer

Lawsuit alleges executive embezzled from exclusive techies' club in Menlo Park

A lawsuit has been filed by Cuckoo's Nest, a private, invitation-only club in Menlo Park that mingles tech entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, against its former chief sales and marketing officer, Tony Perkins.

The suit, filed last week, accuses Perkins of embezzling from the club more than $550,000 in member fees and sponsor and investor funds, according to the complaint filed in San Mateo County Superior Court on July 7.

Attorney David Nemecek could not be reached for comment. A defense attorney has not yet been named.

The exclusive club made the news in April after Palo Alto and Menlo Park residents living near the club, located at 68 Willow Road, raised concerns about a plan to build a bar at the club. Residents were worried about traffic, noise and parking -- and the precedent that would be set by granting the use permit to sell wine, beer and spirits and to allow recreational and social events.

Marco ten Vaanholt, co-founder and managing partner of BootUp and Cuckoo, has said that excessive alcohol consumption is uncommon in private clubs, where decorum is valued, particularly among the CEOs and entrepreneurs who have reputations to protect, and that the club has already hosted more than 100 events, using temporary alcohol-service permits, with no complaints.

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Posted by vmshadle
a resident of Meadow Park
on Jul 14, 2016 at 2:13 pm

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Well run, are we? How can this organization respond appropriately to and coexist peacefully with residential neighbors when it cannot police itself from within?


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Posted by Cuckoo for sure
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 14, 2016 at 2:23 pm

The organization may have procured temporary liquor licenses but they somehow managed to ignore the step of obtaining use permits from the city (note to businesses: you can't use your office space to host a circus, sell medical marijuana...or open a private club). They did their best to ignore neighbor concerns as their "well-behaved" guests created traffic and noise problems in residential neighborhoods on both sides of the creek. Any surprise that one of the founders is a criminal? Hope this puts a permanent kibosh on their plans.


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Posted by Noni
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 14, 2016 at 5:12 pm

Well-behaved indeed! I nearly got run over by a black Mercedes weaving down the street after leaving the Cuckoo's Nest parking lot! Children and other pedestrians beware!


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Posted by AJ
a resident of another community
on Sep 27, 2016 at 11:24 pm

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