Well-known tech investor Steve Jurvetson is being investigated by his venture capital firm for sexual harassment.
Jurvetson formed the company Draper Fisher Jurvetson, and the company has launched an inquiry after an entrepreneur said in a Facebook post that predatory behavior was extensive in DFJ. The woman who made this allegation, Keri Kukral, did not mention Jurvetson in her post.
Speaking on this revelation, DFJ spokeswoman Carol Wentworth said that, “DFJ has never received a complaint about the professional conduct of any of our partners or investment professionals. Earlier this summer we were notified about one partner, Steve Jurvetson, and allegations against him. We immediately opened an independent investigation, which is going on at this point in time.”
Wentworth indicated that Jurvetson is still working at DFJ. However, both Jurvetson and Kukral were not available for comments. The post by Kukral stated, “Women approached by founding partners of Draper Fisher Jurvetson should be careful. The situation I found myself in is personally atypical, and I have not been in any other situation remotely like it. I was not seeking investment or trying to further my career.”
Jurvetson is the recent addition to an existing list of venture capitalists who have been accused of sexual harassment. This includes names such as Justin Caldbeck at Binary Capital and Dave McClure at 500 Startups.