BOLD THINKERS SEE OPPORTUNITY WHERE OTHERS SEE CHALLENGES… THEN THEY DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT… THIS IS OUR NORTH STAR AT DFJ GROWTH
DFJ has been backing extraordinary entrepreneurs for nearly four decades. Our family roots go back to William Henry Draper Jr., who co-founded the first Silicon Valley venture capital firm, Draper, Gaither and Andersen, in 1959. Since then, three generations of Drapers have been instrumental in creating the venture capital industry we know today. From this heritage emerged the modern DFJ, a firm co-founded by Tim Draper, John Fisher, and Steve Jurvetson. They developed a reputation for being innovative, forward-looking and fearless, embracing change and bold new ideas as they backed disruptive startups like Baidu, Hotmail, and Skype.
The new millennium brought change to the traditional venture capital landscape. Public markets became skeptical of the tech sector, harboring scars from the Dotcom Bust. New regulations made it virtually impossible for early-stage companies to raise growth capital via an IPO as was done traditionally. The tables were set for new innovation in the venture capital ecosystem. Enter DFJ Growth.
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