Draper Fisher Jurvetson

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Draper Fisher Jurvetson
Private Ownership
Industry Venture capital
Founded 1985
Founder Timothy C. Draper
John H. N. Fisher
Steve Jurvetson
Headquarters 2882 Sand Hill Road
Menlo Park, California, United States
Products Venture capital
Total assets $4 billion
Website www.dfj.com
Draper Fisher Jurvetson - Silicon Valley Office

Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ) is an American venture capital firm focused on early- and growth-stage investments in enterprise, consumer and disruptive technologies.

With the addition of Box’s IPO in 2015,[1] DFJ has invested in a total of 23 companies that have exited with a valuation of more than $1 billion [2] including: Baidu, Skype, SolarCity, Tesla Motors, Tumblr, Twitter and Yammer.[3] In 2015, DFJ was identified as one of the top investors of billion dollar startups [4] with investments in Avant,[5][6] Datastax,[6][7] Redfin [6] [8] and SimpliVity.[6][9]


DFJ was founded in 1985[4] by three founding partners are by Timothy C. Draper, John H.N. Fisher, and Steve Jurvetson.

The firm has also invested in Anaplan,[10] Chef,[11] Coinbase,[12] Foursquare,[13] Mapbox,[14] Planet Labs,[15] Shift,[16] SpaceX,[17] SugarCRM,[18] Tango,[19] Theranos,[20] Twin Prime,[21] and Yodle.[22]

As of October 2015, DFJ is one of the six largest and most active investors in the space sector, which has had over US$10 billion of private capital invested in it since 2005.[23]


Partners of the Venture team include: William Bryant,[24] Steve Jurvetson, Emily Melton,[25] Bubba Murarka,[26] Andreas Stavropoulos,[27] and Josh B. Stein.[28] Partners of the Growth team include: Mark Bailey,[29] John H. N. Fisher, Randy Glein,[30] and Barry Schuler. Heidi Roizen is the firm’s Operating Partner.[31]

The firm is headquartered in Menlo Park, CA, and is currently investing DFJ Venture XI, a $325M fund,[32] and DFJ Growth’s second fund of $470M,[33] with closed in 2014. DFJ’s core funds have raised more than $4 billion, deployed in more than 300 companies.[27]


  1. ^ "Box Announces Pricing of Initial Public Offering". Business Wire. 
  2. ^ "Imaginary 'Unicorns' can't compete with 22 very real billion-dollar Golden Frisbees". Upstart Business Journal. 
  3. ^ "What Do Baidu, Box, SpaceX, Tesla, Twitter, Tumblr, Twillo, and Yammer All Have In Common?". Startup Grind. 
  4. ^ a b "Investors Behind The Next Billion Dollar Startups". Forbes. April 15, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Tiger Global Co-Leads $225M Series D for Lending Co. AvantCredit". Wall Street Journal. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Investors Behind The Next Billion Dollar Startups" (picture gallery). Forbes. April 15, 2015. 
  7. ^ "DataStax Raises $106 Million in New Pre-IPO Round, Chips Away at Oracle". Wall Street Journal. 
  8. ^ "DFJ leads $12M funding for online real estate firm Redfin". Silicon Valley Business Journal. 
  9. ^ "Simplivity Scores $58M To Staff Up And Build Sales". Gigaom. 
  10. ^ "Anaplan Gets $100 Million in Round Led by DFJ To Expand". Bloomberg. 
  11. ^ "Crunchbase: Chef". Crunchbase. 
  12. ^ "Bitcoin Startup Coinbase Raises $75 Million From DFJ, the NYSE and Two Banks". Recode.net. 
  13. ^ "Exclusive: Foursquare Raises a $35 Million Round and Adds DFJ’s Schuler to the Board". All Things Digital. 
  14. ^ "Mapbox Raises $52.6M Led By DFJ To Be The "Map Layer" For All Apps". TechCrunch. 
  15. ^ "A Conversation With Steve Jurvetson, Space Investor and Rocket Maker". New York Times. 
  16. ^ "Shift Technologies Raises $23.8 Million to Build Used Car Marketplace". Wall Street Journal. 
  17. ^ "How Steve Jurvetson is investing in world- (and Mars-) changing ideas (podcast)". Venture Beat. 
  18. ^ "Sugar CRM Raises $40M From Goldman Sachs To Drive Growth In Asia and International Markets". TechCrunch. 
  19. ^ "Tango Takes $42 Million VC Round To The Bank And Its Mobile Video Calling To The PC". TechCrunch. 
  20. ^ "Theranos Lands $45 Million". New York Times. 
  21. ^ "Twin Prime Lands $9.5M To Make Your App Just Work". TechCrunch. 
  22. ^ "Local Advertising Booster Yodle Growing Like A Weed, Raises $10 Million". TechCrunch. 
  23. ^ Nordrum, Amy (2015-10-09). "Space Advocate Makes Business Case For Private Company Exploration Of Extraterrestrial Resources". International Business Times. Retrieved 2015-10-10. 
  24. ^ "This Seattle VC just returned from London, and now he’s got $50 million burning a hole in his pocket". GeekWire. 
  25. ^ "DFJ Hires (Back) Emily Melton to Invest in Early-Stage Startups". Recode.net. 
  26. ^ "Facebook’s Android Head Of Product Bubba Murarka Joins DFJ As General Partner". TechCrunch. 
  27. ^ a b "Draper Fisher Jurveston News". DFJ News. 
  28. ^ "Midas List, Forbes.com - #77, Josh Stein". Forbes. 
  29. ^ "How Draper Fisher Jurvetson Helps Startups Like Twitter And Tesla Grow". Forbes. 
  30. ^ "Midas List, Forbes.com - #60, Randy Glein". Forbes. 
  31. ^ "Heidi Roizen makes Operating Partner at DFJ". Vator.tv. 
  32. ^ "Silicon Valley VC firm raises first fund that won’t feature two of its eponymous founders.". Fortune. 
  33. ^ "DFJ Growth closes a $470M fund to invest in the next round of billion-dollar companies". VentureBeat. 

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