REDWOOD CITY -- "God" called prominent Silicon Valley venture capitalist Vinod Khosla in April and warned if he wasn't paid $10 million, he couldn't eternally "save" the presumed owner of a contested strip of San Mateo County coast.
It turned out "God" was a homeless man named Kumar Rajan Singh, who repeatedly called and turned up at Khosla Ventures Ltd. in Menlo Park, leaving the boss and his workers scared, according to court papers. The latest twist in the tale came Thursday when Khosla won a temporary restraining order against Singh, 33, in San Mateo County Superior Court.
Khosla, 58, was a co-founder of Sun Microsystems and later became a partner at powerhouse VC firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. But he's also gained notoriety for allegedly buying and shutting off public access to popular Martin's Beach. Khosla declined comment Friday afternoon.
Last month Khosla had a face-to-face run in with Singh, who earlier this week was involuntarily committed to a psychiatric ward at San Mateo Medical Center and was not available for comment. Khosla spoke May 17 at the TiECon conference at the Santa Clara Convention Center when Singh appeared and demanded $5 million, according to court papers.
"I was alarmed that he would track me down in a public place," Khosla wrote in court papers. "This was not the first time Mr. Singh has tried to contact me."
In April Singh, calling himself "God," began calling Khosla -- and even left a call back number -- and sent emails. The steady attempts to reach Khosla came to what Khosla's executive assistant considered a frightening head on June 5 at his Sand Hill Road office.
" 'God' appeared at the company's headquarters unannounced," according to court papers. " 'God' claimed he was there to meet with (Vinod Khosla)."
The executive assistant and another worker told the man, who had a long beard, disheveled hair and a "casual" linen suit -- to leave. But he was "eerily calm" as he demanded a meeting with Khosla and, later, $5 million. After repeated warnings, he left only when the workers moved to call police.
The constant calls and the visit prompted Khosla to hire security consultant Phil Rodgers, who began to investigate the man. He had a picture of the man but didn't know his name. After Rodgers reported the incidents to San Mateo County Sheriff's Deputy Rod Larmour, authorities quickly untangled the mystery man's identity.
Six days after the visit to Khosla's headquarters police arrested a man calling himself "God" in Redwood City. It turned out to be the same man who'd reportedly been harassing Khosla and his workers, according to court records.
And he apparently, police told Khosla, had already a string of restraining orders filed against him for similar incidents.
Sheriff's deputies took Singh to the county medical center Tuesday and had him forcibly committed for a minimum of three days, according to court records.
"I was very disturbed, annoyed and alarmed that he would appear at my office," Khosla wrote in court papers. "I believe Mr. Singh will continue his course of conduct."
Contact Joshua Melvin at 650-348-4335. Follow him at Twitter.com/melvinreport.