Purpose-driven companies deliver in the end much more value than money-driven ones.Steve Jurvetson fosters companies at the forefront of technology. The smartest people in tech walk through DFJ's doors each day, and for Steve, it's like being a kid in a candy shop.
Fascination with technology started early for Steve, as a computer programmer in grade school and chip designer in college. As far back as he can remember, he has been passionate about the fringe ideas, the edge of complexity, and biological metaphors in information technology.
He looks for unconventional companies in deep learning, commercial space, synthetic biology, genomics, robotics, and sustainable transportation—purpose-driven companies that will transform massive industries.
His current board responsibilities include D-Wave, Flux, Planet, SpaceX, Synthetic Genomics, and Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA). He was the founding VC investor in Hotmail (Microsoft), Interwoven (NASDAQ: IWOV), Kana (NASDAQ: KANA), and NeoPhotonics (NYSE: NPTN). Steve was also the first VC investor and board member at deep learning company Nervana, acquired by Intel in 2016.
He always has a passion for the cutting edge of technology and the frontiers of the unknown. Steve has electrical engineering (BS and MS) degrees from Stanford, where he graduated number one in his class. He went on to earn an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and was named an Arjay Miller Scholar. He then worked at leading companies like HP, Apple, NeXT Software, and Bain & Company.
On June 24, 2016, President Barack Obama announced Steve's position as a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship at the Seventh Global Entrepreneurship Summit at Stanford University. Steve has also been honored as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, and as the Venture Capitalist of the Year by Deloitte. He was also chosen by the San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco Examiner as one of "the ten people expected to have the greatest impact on the Bay Area in the early part of the 21st century." Forbes has recognized Steve several times on the Midas List, and named him one of "Tech's Best Venture Investors."