DFJ began in 1985 with a focus on early-stage companies. Tim Draper, a third-generation VC with a passion for technology and unconventional thinking, teamed with John Fisher, a former colleague of Draper's, known for his deep enterprise and tech finance experience. Together they shaped the firm's foundational philosophy of investing in people first. One of their first recruits was co-founder Steve Jurvetson. Together they went on to invest in break out companies like Baidu, Hotmail, and Skype. A decade ago, they added their Growth team dedicated to late-stage investing. Today, they have two teams investing two funds. Their Venture team works with founders in the early phases of company building. Their Growth team partners with companies entering hyper-growth mode. DFJ has backed 27 companies that have each achieved more than $1 billion in realized value through an initial public offering or acquisition.
Founders: John Fisher, Steve Jurvetson, Tim Draper