Venture Capitalist Jurvetson Turns Tech Trends into Investment Themes
A managing director at Silicon Valley venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Steve Jurvetson sits on the board of SpaceX, Synthetic Genomics and Tesla Motors. The former computer engineer sees big opportunities in fields ranging from robotics to synthetic biology.
By Julie Segal
Steve Jurvetson is a student of technology and new ideas. He taps into that knowledge base to identify investment opportunities. One of seven partners at Menlo Park, Californiabased venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson, which has $7 billion in committed capital, Jurvetson sits on the boards of SpaceX, Synthetic Genomics and Tesla Motors. Before joining DFJ in 1995, he was a research and development engineer at Hewlett-Packard. An optimist, Jurvetson thinks economic growth comes from technological advances and change will accelerate as more people join the worldwide intellectual conversation via computers, smartphones and other connected devices. Three billion new minds are coming online for the first time in the next eight years, says the 45-year-old, who holds masters degrees in electrical engineering and business administration from Stanford. Imagine those people contributing to the dialogue. In December, Institutional Investor Senior Writer Julie Segal talked to Jurvetson about innovation and the venture capital business.
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