Steve Jurvetson

Venture Capitalist

Stephen T. Jurvetson (born March 1, 1967) is an American businessman and venture capitalist. Formerly a partner of the firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson, he was an early investor in Hotmail, Memphis Meats, Mythic and Nervana. He is currently a board member of SpaceX and Tesla, among others. He later co-founded the firm Future Ventures with Maryanna Saenko, who worked with him at DFJ.

Book Recommendations

The Age of Spiritual Machines

by Ray Kurzweil

I think this might be the most important book and even maybe more shockingly, I would say there was a single graph in the book that, itself, makes this book the most important book one could read and obviously therefore it’s simply this one graph. The graph of the 120-year version of Moore’s law. So let me explain what I mean by this. Also, just mention perhaps in starting, that it’s really just the first few chapters of this book I’d recommend, not the entire book that looks into the distant, distant future, like the next hundred years, but really just the background, the historical section, and then let yourself make your own conclusions.

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Out of Control

by Kevin Kelly

Now this is the most influential book on me, and it has guided many of my investment theses over the last 20 years in technology development. It basically is a book that covers the dawn of the age of biology as the next phase of major technology vectors coming out of an age of physics, if you will. These biological metaphors are ripe throughout information technology, and Kevin Kelly very expertly explores the integration of these domains.

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The Scientist in the Crib

by Alison Gopnik, Andrew N. Meltzoff, Patricia K. Kuhl

Let me start with the book I’ve gifted more than any other. It is Scientist in the Crib by Alison Gopnik. She’s a professor of developmental psychology at Berkeley. I basically give this book to any geek friend of mine about to have their first child, because it had such a wonderful influence on me.

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