STEVE JURVETSON is a Managing Director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson.
He was the founding VC investor in Hotmail (MSFT), Interwoven (IWOV), and Kana (KANA). He also led the firm's investments in Tradex and Cyras (acquired by Ariba and Ciena for $8B), and most recently, in pioneering companies in nanotechnology and molecular electronics. Previously, Mr. Jurvetson was an R&D Engineer at Hewlett-Packard, where seven of his communications chip designs were fabricated. His prior technical experience also includes programming, materials science research (TEM atomic imaging of GaAs), and computer design at HP's PC Division, the Center for Materials Research, and Mostek.
He has also worked in product marketing at Apple and NeXT Software. As a Consultant with Bain & Company, Mr. Jurvetson developed executive marketing, sales, engineering and business strategies for a wide range of companies in the software, networking and semiconductor industries. At Stanford University, he finished his BSEE in 2.5 years and graduated #1 in his class, as the Henry Ford Scholar. Mr. Jurvetson also holds an MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford. He received his MBA from the Stanford Business School, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar.
Mr. Jurvetson also serves on the Merrill Lynchï¿½ and STVP Advisory Boards and is Co-Chair of the NanoBusiness Alliance. He was recently honored as "The Valley's Sharpest VC" on the cover of Business 2.0 and chosen by theï¿½SF Chronicleï¿½andï¿½SF Examinerï¿½as one of "the ten people expected to have the greatest impact on the Bay Area in the early part of the 21st Century." He was profiled in theï¿½New York Times Magazineï¿½and featured on the cover ofï¿½Worthï¿½andï¿½Fortuneï¿½Magazines.
Jurvetson was chosen byï¿½Forbesï¿½as one of "Tech's Best Venture Investors", by theï¿½VC Journalï¿½as one of the "Ten Most Influential VCs", and byï¿½Fortuneï¿½as part of their "Brain Trust of Top Ten Minds." He has written several columns on nanotech and other developing technologies.
In 2004, he started a blog,ï¿½The J Curve, and let it take a random walk of curiosities and child-like exploration.