Steve Jurvetson

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Steve Jurvetson
Steve Jurvetson 2014.jpg
Jurvetson in 2014
Born Stephen T. Jurvetson
(1967-03-01) March 1, 1967 (age 48)
Arizona, United States
Occupation Founder and Managing Director, Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ)
Website Profile at Draper Fisher Jurvetson

Stephen T. "Steve" Jurvetson (born March 1, 1967) is an American businessman and venture capitalist. He is currently a partner of Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ).[1][2] He was a venture capitalist investor in Hotmail.[3] He also led the firm's investments in Tradex and Cyras (acquired by Ariba and Ciena, respectively). Current board seats include SpaceX,[4][5] Synthetic Genomics, Planet Labs, Nervana Systems, Flux, D-Wave, and Tesla Motors.[6] Jurvetson was the world's first Tesla Model S owner and the second Tesla Model X owner (VIN 2), following Elon Musk.[2][7]


The first production Tesla Model S (with owner Tesla Board member Steve Jurvetson) in June 2015, three years after the car's market release.

Jurvetson graduated from Dallas' St. Mark's School of Texas in 1985. At Stanford University, Jurvetson finished his degree in electrical engineering in 2.5 years[3] and graduated No. 1 in his class. He then earned an M.S. in electrical engineering and an M.B.A., also from Stanford. As a consultant with Bain & Company, Jurvetson developed executive marketing, sales, engineering and business strategies for a wide range of companies in the software, networking, and semiconductor industries.[8] He first joined DFJ after his second year of business school, and became a partner after proving his talent on several investments.[9]

Jurvetson was named to Forbes' "Midas List" of Tech's Top Investors in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.[8][10][11][12]

Deloitte named Jurvetson "Venture Capitalist of the Year" in 2012.[13]

Jurvetson was named to the MIT TR35 in 1999 for "recognize young entrepreneurs who can deliver", including making the first investment in Hotmail.[14]


  1. ^ Bort, Julie. "Here's Why Investor Steve Jurvetson Saved Elon Musk's Space Dreams". Business Insider. 
  2. ^ a b Fehrenbacher, Katie. "Tesla investor Steve Jurvetson drives off in the first Model S". Gigaom. 
  3. ^ a b Deborah Gage, Ann Fernholm, Chronicle Staff Writers (June 6, 2008). "High-tech visionary still looking ahead". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2008-06-06. Venture capitalists look for startups like Hotmail because these companies are disruptive – they blow up existing markets and create big new money-making opportunities. Fast-forward a decade and Jurvetson is making dramatically different bets. He's funding startups in electronics, nanotechnology, clean technology and life sciences that borrow techniques from biology to obtain more precise control over matter. 
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  6. ^ Lindsey, Clark (2012-09-11). "Steve Jurvetson visits the SpaceX Grasshopper". NewSpace Watch. Retrieved 2012-09-11. (subscription required (help)). 
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  8. ^ a b Robinson, Bill. "TechScape: Steve Jurvetson … Not Your Garden Variety Venture Capitalist". Huffington Post. 
  9. ^ Snider, David; Chris Howard (2010). Money Makers: Inside the New World of Finance and Business. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. p. 214. ISBN 0230614019. 
  10. ^ "#69 Steve Jurvetson". Forbes. 
  11. ^ "The Midas List: Tech's Top Investors 2013". Forbes. 5 May 2013. 
  12. ^ "Stephen Jurvetson on Forbes Lists #59 The Midas List (2014)". Forbes. 29 March 2015. 
  13. ^ "Deloitte Names Steve Jurvetson of DFJ "Venture Capitalist of the Year"". Beta News. 
  14. ^ "1999 TR35 Winners: Steve Jurvetson, 32". MIT Tech Review. 1999. 

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