Jurvetson in 2014
|Born||Stephen T. Jurvetson
March 1, 1967
|Alma mater||Stanford University|
|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). He was a venture capitalist investor in Hotmail. He also led the firm's investments in Tradex and Cyras (acquired by Ariba and Ciena, respectively). Current board seats include SpaceX, Synthetic Genomics, Planet Labs, Nervana Systems, Flux, D-Wave, and Tesla Motors. Jurvetson was the world's first Tesla Model S owner and the second Tesla Model X owner (VIN 2), following Elon Musk.
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 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. He first joined DFJ after his second year of business school, and became a partner after proving his talent on several investments.
Deloitte named Jurvetson "Venture Capitalist of the Year" in 2012.
Jurvetson's father Tõnu Jürvetson fled Estonia through Germany just before Soviet re-occupation in 1944. Tõnu was married to another Estonian immigrant. Even though within family Estonian language was used, Steve never learned it and his parents used it as a secret language between themselves. Steve Jurvetson was the first non-European to become an e-resident of Estonia.
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- 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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- "Deloitte Names Steve Jurvetson of DFJ "Venture Capitalist of the Year"". Beta News.
- "1999 TR35 Winners: Steve Jurvetson, 32". MIT Tech Review. 1999.
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