Reports: Steve Jurvetson Left DFJ After Troubling Pattern of Extramarital Affairs, Lies
Legendary venture capitalist Steve Jurvetson left the investment firm bearing his name after investigators caught him lying about extramarital affairs that sometimes appeared to blur the lines between his personal and professional lives, Recode reports, citing several unnamed sources.
No one has come forward to publicly accuse Jurvetson, 50, of sexual harassment — the claim that’s led to the resignations or firings of Binary Capital’s Justin Caldbeck, 500 Startups’ Dave McClure and tech pundit Robert Scoble.
Instead, Jurvetson reportedly dated several women at once while married. He met the women at technology conferences, and didn’t tell them about one another, Recode reports. Several of the women met one another at a March 2015 TED conference in Vancouver, where they figured out Jurvetson was secretly dating them simultaneously, Recode reports.
“He’d sort of create a soap opera for himself,” one of the women told Recode. “He lied to us.”
And while Jurvetson’s personal relationships were consensual, they did occasionally bleed over into his professional life, the report says — like when he reportedly gave startup advice to one of the women he was seeing, or when he made an introduction for another to a venture capital firm she was interested in working at. The startup never got off the ground, and the second woman did not take the job at the firm, Recode reports.
Jurvetson and DFJ both say his decision to leave the firm was mutual. In a statement last week, Jurvetson said he stepped down after a breakdown in communication between him and his partners.