Steve Jurvetson, a longtime Silicon Valley investor and co-founder of DFJ, is under investigation by the firm for sexual harassment. The investigation, conducted by a law firm, began during the summer after media outlets began inquiring about allegations regarding Jurvetson’s conduct with women. The ongoing investigation was first reported by The Information. The publication’s post about the investigation into Jurvetson came a day after entrepreneur Keri Kukral told women in a public Facebook post to be careful when approached by founding partners of DFJ. “Predatory behavior is rampant,” she wrote.
DFJ said in an email statement to VCJ: “DFJ has never received a complaint about the professional conduct of any of our partners or investment professionals. Earlier this summer we became aware of indirect and second-hand allegations about one partner, Steve Jurvetson. We immediately opened an independent investigation, which is ongoing at this time.”
Jurvetson led the firm’s investments in Rethink Robotics, Tesla and SpaceX, among others.
The news regarding the investigation into Jurvetson comes as several women, including entrepreneurs seeking funding, have since the summer come forward to accuse male investors of sexual harassment, assault and misconduct.
Photo of Steve Jurvetson by Oscar Urizar, Red Eye Collection, for VCJ