25 Who Ditched Infotech for Cleantech

Steve Jurvetson

Background: Managing Director for Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Was the founding VC of Hotmail, started as R&D Engineer at HP

Current: Now investing in cleantech firms for DFJ like Synthetic Genomics, Tesla, Deeya, Miasole, BrightSource, EnerNOC

He’s on every top 10 list of smart VCs, likely because he led his firm to Internet deals including Hotmail and Interwoven. Now he’s found some of the better deals in cleantech. He’s managed to convince VC-shy scientist Craig Venter to take funding for synthetic biofuel startup Synthetic Genomics, and he’s also invested in solar thermal heavyweight BrightSource. Here’s a video interview we did with Jurvetson.