Steve Kirsch

Leadership During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Back in April 2020, when COVID-19 hit, Steve looked for what he could do that would make a difference. He found that:

  • Drug repurposing was the fastest, lowest-cost way to end the pandemic
  • Treating the virus as early as possible was incredibly important (we should never be telling people to go home and do nothing)
  • Nobody was funding the top scientists working on outpatient trials of repurposed drugs. The top drugs (like Camostat) weren't being funded at all

He asserts this is an epic failure of world governments and the WHO. So he put in $1M of his own money and raised another $5M to start the COVID-19 Early Treatment Fund (CETF).

In January 2021, Steve picked up on a major study, 'Worldwide Bayesian Causal Impact Analysis of Vaccine Administration on Deaths and Cases Associated with COVID-19: A BigData Analysis of 145 Countries'1) that was published in November 2020 and wrote a piece about it,2) summarising that, “The study found that the COVID vaccines cause more COVID cases per million (+38% in US) and more deaths per million associated with COVID (+31% in US).”

He goes on to list seven other studies, all independent, that found the same thing - the more we vaccinate, the worse the outcomes.

Steve often offers money for conversations about pandemic-related medicine, or wagers. Those interested in making hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars can challenge him here.

In September 2022, Kirsch submitted a video testimony to the World Health Organization as part of the second phase of public comment on the proposed pandemic treaty.3)

Executive Director, Vaccine Safety Research Foundation (

Steve is a philanthropist and serial entrepreneur who has started multiple high tech companies, including Mouse Systems, Frame Technology Corp., Infoseek and OneID. He was one of two people who invented the optical mouse. From Steve's bio, 12/26/21: “Steve left a great job in high tech in order to focus full time on vaccine safety issues. The vaccines are unsafe, we've known this since January, but everyone in power refuses to confront the data in plain sight. I have a website,, which has extensive info on vaccine safety and early treatments for COVID. See the first two articles.”


  • Mar 12, 2022 - Of Optical Mice and Men: A Steve Kirsch Story4)

Funding Studies, Activism


Steve funded the original fluvoxamine study, was featured on 60 Minutes, and has been in touch with the researchers on all the trials that have been done in the US, Brazil, and Croatia.

Some of his substacks related to Fluvoxamine:

UCSF Study of Actual Adverse Event Rates for All Symptoms

Steve announced December 28, 2021, he is funding a study at UCSF, conducted by Professor Aditi Bhargava. Her study will proactively contact people and find out what the actual adverse event rates are for all symptoms. Steve is funding half the study; and is seeking contributors for the remaining. See his substack article on the topic:

Defeat the Mandates - March on Washington, January 23, 2022

Steve is one of the leaders funding this event. The goal is to demand new policies to eliminate the state sanctioned discrimination by vaccination status: “We will begin at the Washington Monument at 11:30am and end at the Lincoln Memorial where a wide range of featured guests will be waiting. Recording artists, prominent doctors, first responders, journalists, pro athletes, and premier thought leaders will give a series of inspiring “TED talks” and musical performances. We are not marching against the COVID vaccines, we’re marching against the government forcing these vaccines onto Americans. It’s something I hope we can all agree on.” Official website of the March

Awards and Honors

2009: June 3: Massachusetts General Hospital “The100 award” recognizes 100 extraordinary individuals and groups each year working to vanquish cancer

2007: December 16: Andy Rooney featured me in his “60 Minutes” commentary “If Rooney Was Rich.” He said he liked me! How can you beat that?

2006: Sep 28: Environmentalists of the Year 2006/7 (from Santa Clara League of Conservation Voters)

2004: Sep 18: Duveneck Humanitarian Award (9th annual at Hidden Villa)


  • Nov 11: Legacy Award winner (San Jose Magazine/Wells Fargo)
  • Nov 16: Philanthropists Steve & Michele Kirsch received a National Caring Award on Nov. 16 from the Caring Institute in Washington, D.C. The award celebrates those special individuals who, in transcending self, devote their lives in service to others, especially the disadvantaged, the poor, the disabled and the dying.


  • December: Ranked #5 on the list of the “Top 10 Givers by Dollars”, Worth magazine (cover story) December: “25 Most Generous Young Americans,” Worth magazine (cover story)
  • After surveying hundreds of individuals and nonprofits, Worth Magazine staff selected 25 people who give significantly, not only of their wealth, but also of their time and energy. Steve and Michele Kirsch are highlighted as the fifth most generous in this list.
  • November 15: “Leadership in Action award,” PACT, Santa Clara County
  • May: Named as one of “The Power 100 of Silicon Valley” by San Jose Magazine
  • February: Forbes Midas List: Ranked #2 in Profit


  • April: Named as one of “The Power 100 of Silicon Valley” by San Jose Magazine
  • April 26: Named to the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame


  • December: Cover story in Worth
  • November: “Inspiration Award” at Reaching for Stars 2000 Annual Awards Dinner (San Jose Chamber of Commerce and Tech Museum)
  • September: Named as one of the “Top 10 Entrepreneurs of 2000” by Red Herring magazine.
  • August: Profiled in IEEE Spectrum.
  • April: Ranked #96 in Worth magazine's annual list of the “100 Most Generous Americans”; cover story in Silicon Valley Magazine
  • May 12: “Outstanding Leadership Award” for promoting the use of Zero Emission Vehicles from the American Lung Association of the Bay Area as part of the 2000 Annual Clean Air ENVY Awards. Also included were Certificates of Recognition from the California Senate (Sher), California Assembly (Cunneen), and US House of Representatives (Anna Eshoo).
  • June 6: “Visionary Award” from the Software Development Forum
  • Visitors to our home in 2000 included California Governor Gray Davis, Intel Chairman Andy Grove, and CNN founder Ted Turner.


  • June 15: “Heart of Silicon Valley Award” from the City of Sunnyvale for making a $1M donation to United Way in a time of urgent need.
  • Unordered List ItemOutstanding Philanthropist of the Year by the Silicon Valley chapter of the National Society of Fund Raising Executives.
  • Ranked #100 on the 1999 Forbes ASAP list of High Tech's Wealthiest 100
  • Ranked #8 on the 1999 Slate 60: The 60 largest American charitable contributions of 1999.
  • Visitors to our home in 1999 included MIT President Charles Vest, 3Com founder Bob Metcalfe, World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee, sculptor Richard Erdman, Assemblyman Jim Cunneen, and astronaut Buzz Aldrin.

1998: Ranked #63 on the Forbes ASAP list of High Tech's Wealthiest 100


  • Captain and co-MVP of the victorious West Coast team in the 1997 Computer Bowl sponsored by the Computer Museum.
  • Named an Aspen Institute Crown Fellow. The purpose of the Henry Crown Fellowship program is to promote community-spirited leadership in the next generation of business leaders. The program honors the career of Chicago industrialist Henry Crown, a strong proponent and practitioner of ethical values in business.

1995: Named one of the most 50 influential people in cyberspace by Newsweek magazine.

1992: Finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award program.

1987: Ranked #17th most successful entrepreneur under age 30 in the United States by the Association of Collegiate Entrepreneurs.

Social Media

Clubhouse: Steve is active on Clubhouse.5)

Gab: Steve enjoys free speech at Steve Kirsch Gab.


LinkedIN: December 25, 2021: LinkedIn bans Steve for life for making 3 truthful comments

Media Appearances

Kirsch was featured as a guest on the Alex Jones show on InfoWars on December 29, 2021 where he discussed Robert Malone's removal from Twitter and upcoming appearance on the Joe Rogan Experience, as well as several of his Substack articles.6)

Kirsch, S. (2022, September 10). My 90 second comment to the WHO. Rumble.
Steve Kirsch Clubhouse Profile, Followers, Statistics (@stkirsch). (2021, December 23). Clubhouse DB.
Gibson, R. (2021, December 29). ALEX JONES [3 of 4] Wednesday 12/29/21 • STEVE KIRSCH, News, Reports & Analysis. BitChute; InfoWars.