Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist, geek, rocket hobbyist. Board Member at SpaceX, Tesla, and D-Wave quantum computing
Steve Jurvetson has a reputation for investing in pioneering companies that create new sectors. Two early bets include Elon Musk-led companies, Tesla (Jurvetson owns its first sedan and second SUV) and SpaceX. Jurvetson holds board seats at both companies. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Planet, a company that has launched the largest constellation of Earth-observation micro-satellites, and D-Wave, a quantum computing company which counts Google, NASA and Lockheed-Martin as customers. He previously held a board seat at deep learning company Nervana, acquired by Intel in 2016. Jurvetson is recognized as one of the smartest investors in Silicon Valley. He completed his undergraduate degree at Stanford in electrical engineering in two-and-a-half-years, and is a frequent winner at the Churchill Club's Annual Top Ten Tech Trends event, where VCs come together to share their predictions. The son of Estonian immigrants, he became a name partner at DFJ within six months of joining. Jurvetson maintains a fascination for space and has turned DFJ's office into a museum showcasing his space artifact collection. He also loves launching rockets with his son.