Fund: Draper Fisher Jurvetson
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-06-05
While I have met and had multiple meetings with many top tier VCs, I could not have been more impressed with DFJ. First, I have to agree with the prior comment that Ravi Belani is a rising star. He is insanely smart, has a deep understanding of his industries and is well connected. I was further impressed by his interest in doing the right thing. In this case, it included introductions to executives at companies funded by other VCs, and bringing in a key strategic investor that would limit his ownership stake, but substantially improve the company going forward. Another unique trait is that he is focused on empowering and advising the entrepreneur, not controlling and overpowering the executive team. DFJ moved very quick -- after an initial meeting, they assembled the right people and quickly arrived at a decision. I appreciated the speed with which they reached a conclusion and was impressed by their bench depth--everyone I met including Josh Stein, Steve Jurvetson, Andreas Stavropoulos and Emily Melton (to name a few) was an A player as well.
I am confident that we choose the right partner in growing our business. I would definitely put DFJ on your short list of VCs to talk to provided that they have deep expertise in your particular market space and that you establish a good relationship with the partner taking the lead.PRIVATE: Members Only