Draper Fisher Jurvetson

Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ) is an American venture capital firm.

Summary

Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ) is an American venture capital firm focused on investments in enterprise, consumer and disruptive technologies. In early 2019, DFJ Venture, the early-stage team, became Threshold Ventures.

Mission and investments

DFJ was set up in 1985 by Timothy C. Draper, John H.N. Fisher, and Steve Jurvetson. DFJ is one of the largest and most effective investors in the space sector, which has had over US$10 billion of private capital invested in it since 2005.

DFJ has backed 27 companies which have each achieved more than $1 billion in value through an IPO or acquisition. DFJ’s investments include the following: Anaplan, Coinbase, Cylance, Ring, Sisense, SpaceX, Tesla,  Twitter, Unity, and Yammer.

Interestingly, like Vanity Fair writes, “even after the S.E.C. charged the Theranos founder with ‘massive fraud,’ Tim Draper (DFJ’s founder) says Theranos ‘created an amazing opportunity'” and keeps defending Elizabeth Holmes, the woman behind the Theranos company scam.

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