Draper Fisher Jurvetson
|Founder||Timothy C. Draper
John H. N. Fisher
|Headquarters||2882 Sand Hill Road
Menlo Park, California, United States
|Total assets||$4 billion|
Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ) is an American venture capital firm based in Menlo Park, California with more than $4B under management since its founding in 1985. The firm focuses on early- and growth-stage investments in enterprise, consumer and disruptive technologies, and has backed more than 400 companies since its founding in 1985. The firm is currently investing in DFJ Venture XI, a $325M fund, and DFJ Growth’s second fund of $470M, both closed in 2014.
The firm has funded technology companies including Baidu, Hotmail (acquired by Microsoft), Overture (acquired by Yahoo), and Skype (acquired by Microsoft). Other notable investments include Tesla Motors, SpaceX, Box, SugarCRM, ShareThis, SolarCity, Superfish, Meebo, Twitter, Tumblr (acquired by Yahoo), and Yammer (acquired by Microsoft), among others.
DFJ was founded in 1985 by Timothy C. Draper. Draper and John H.N. Fisher left Alex. Brown & Sons, where they were officemates. The firm's name, otherwise known as DFJ, is attributed to Draper and Fisher as well as Partner Steve Jurvetson, who joined the firm in 1996. Other Partners at the firm include Josh Stein, Andreas Stavropoulos, Bubba Murarka, Emily Melton and Bill Bryant.
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- "DFJ Growth closes a $470M fund to invest in the next round of billion-dollar companies". VentureBeat.
- "Box, Foursquare, SpaceX Backer DFJ Growth Raises $470M For Later-Stage Investments". TechCrunch.
- "DJF Team Detail: Steve Jurvetson". DFJ.
- "Elevator Pitch: Josh Stein on helping lead DFJ into the future". San Jose Mercury News.
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